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Dan Conifer


Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Recent articles by Dan:

Childcare centre expects to lose $15,000 during Melbourne's coronavirus lockdown

Ruth Harper runs a not-for-profit childcare centre in Melbourne. She says the Federal Government's support package for Victorian operators will be a huge relief for many centres — but not ones like hers. → Read More

Australian Labor pledges to clean up troubled Victoria branch

The Australian Labor Party’s national executive seizes control of operations in Victoria, where up to a quarter of members have been affected by "industrial-scale" branch stacking. → Read More

Federal court ruling on casual entitlements could be appealed by Government as industry groups voice concern

If you're one of more than 1 million casual workers who do regular shifts rostered in advance, a court has just ruled you could be entitled to annual leave, sick leave and other entitlements full time employees get. → Read More

Domestic violence inquiry set up after Hannah Clarke murder ends early, without submissions or hearings

A Senate inquiry set up days after the murder of Hannah Clarke and her three children is labelled a "failure", after ending three months early without taking submissions or holding public hearings. → Read More

Morrison Government opens door to paying for cleaner coal and gas with climate funds

Agreeing in principle to the findings of a review of its $2 billion Climate Solutions Fund, the Coalition says its two agencies should support key technologies. → Read More

States will pay dearly if coronavirus restrictions are forced to return, Frydenberg warns

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was due to deliver the Budget tonight, but with COVID-19 throwing the economy into chaos, he will instead deliver a scaled-back financial statement to Parliament. → Read More

JobKeeper: What the Government's latest coronavirus economic package means for you

The JobKeeper program was the centrepiece of the Government's $130 billion package to try to help employers and employees weather the coronavirus storm. Here's how it works. → Read More

'How does such evil happen in our land?' PM leads tributes to Hannah Clarke and her children

Hannah Clarke and her children were failed by Australia's domestic violence prevention system, Prime Minister Scott Morrison declares. → Read More

Prime Minister and Bridget McKenzie's offices shared partisan colour-coded spreadsheets

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office was involved in suggesting which projects should be approved under a controversial sport grants scheme, a Senate inquiry hears. → Read More

Federal Labor calls for debts raised from controversial robodebt scheme to be refunded

The Opposition calls for the Federal Government to refund any welfare debt it claimed solely through the controversial automated robodebt process. → Read More

Meet Australian jockey Zac Purton and the Aussies racing to riches in Hong Kong

Zac Purton is possibly the best jockey in the world, and one of Australia’s top sporting exports. But most Aussies wouldn’t even know his name. He dropped out of school to chase his dream and is now a millionaire sportsman and investor. → Read More

BoJo's had a week of lows and blows — where does Britain go now?

The British PM lost his Government majority, control of Parliament and his MP brother announced he would resign. And there are more Brexit challenges yet to come, with a bill to prevent October's no-deal exit expected to get royal assent on Monday. → Read More

Could the Brexit brawl see Boris Johnson become Britain's shortest-serving prime minister?

He's barely had time to unpack at 10 Downing Street, but a vote in Britain's Parliament tonight could lead to Boris Johnson calling a snap general election he may very well lose. → Read More

Hurricane Dorian is moving slowly — but that only makes it more destructive

Hurricane Dorian is crawling through The Bahamas at speeds as slow as 7 kilometres per hour, but this storm is the second-most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, and its pace only makes it more destructive. → Read More

When G7 leaders can't even agree on a communique, we have a problem

The absence of an official statement from G7 leaders to highlight the outcomes of the meeting in France is perhaps the biggest statement of all, writes political reporter Dan Conifer. → Read More

They lurk in the sky before dive-bombing at 200kph — and could be a big threat to our troops

Troops on the battlefield could soon face a new threat — swarms of autonomous kamikaze drones loaded with explosives, according to a leading Australian military thinker. → Read More

New Liberal senator adds support to Indigenous voice to Parliament

Andrew Bragg uses his first speech in the Senate to break cover and to call for a voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the constitution. → Read More

'Good faith' needed in lead up to Indigenous referendum: Liberal MP

Some members of the Coalition have dismissed the idea of enshrining an Indigenous voice in the Parliament in the form of an advisory body, but Federal Liberal MP John Alexander says people need to listen and engage in good faith in the lead up to the referendum. → Read More

The tough challenge to change the constitution to recognise Indigenous Australians

The Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt wants to hold a referendum within three years. But what does it take to deliver that? → Read More

Peter Dutton says he 'does not know' if refugees charged with serious crimes brought to Australia under medevac bill

The Home Affairs Minister says just over 30 people have been brought to Australia and he does not know whether any of them have been charged with serious offences, four months after the Government warned the bill would bring a flood of immediate transfers including paedophiles, rapists or murderers. → Read More