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Sports club wants Bridget McKenzie sacked amid 'biased' pre-election grants cash splash

The Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie is facing calls to resign amid revelations a Federal Government pre-election cash splash was biased towards seats the Coalition wanted to win. → Read More

Federal Government budget surplus revised down to $5 billion amid forecast revenue slump

The Federal Government blames the effects of drought and bushfires and weak momentum in the global economy for a revision that has knocked about $2 billion off the forecast surplus this financial year. → Read More

Scott Morrison acknowledges smoke haze concerns as he stands by climate policies

The Prime Minister seeks to reassure Australians he understands community concerns about bushfires and smoke haze as the Federal Government faces criticism for its climate policies. → Read More

Controversial religious discrimination bill updated in a bid to gain support

The Federal Government overhauls its proposed religious freedom laws in an effort to win over faith leaders and equality advocates who criticised an earlier draft. → Read More

PM to sack top bureaucrats and dismantle departments in public sector overhaul

Scott Morrison announces a major shake-up of the federal bureaucracy that will see departments merge and senior leadership changes in a bid to overhaul service delivery. → Read More

PM blocks staff movement as water woes take hold within government

The shake-up of the public service has had a false start, with more than 100 staff farewelled from one department to another, and then told they were going nowhere after Scott Morrison intervenes at the 11th hour. → Read More

Government accused of reaching a secret deal with Jacqui Lambie to end medevac refugee transfers

Labor and the Greens accuse Jacqui Lambie and the Government of reaching a secret deal to end to medical evacuations for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. → Read More

Liberal Party review recommends 'candidate colleges' to improve preselections at next poll

A quietly-released Liberal Party review into the Coalition's election win warns there's no room for complacency if it is to repeat its success at the next poll. → Read More

Pauline Hanson blindsides Coalition's union busting bid, leaving government reeling

Senior government figures have been left reeling after a shock vote harpooned their signature laws, aimed at cracking down on unions. → Read More

Federal Government's crackdown on unions rejected by Senate after One Nation sides with Opposition

Pauline Hanson and Jacqui Lambie join forces to deliver a shock defeat of the Government's signature union crackdown legislation. → Read More

PM accused of misleading Parliament amid Minister's forgery probe

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese wants Scott Morrison to apologise to the House of Representatives after the Prime Minister was forced to correct comments he had made during a heated debate about a police forgery probe. → Read More

PM under fire for calling NSW Police Commissioner amid forgery probe

Prime Minister Scott Morrison faces broad political condemnation for calling the New South Wales Police Commissioner about an ongoing investigation involving one of his ministers. → Read More

Barnaby Joyce says bushfire victims 'most likely' voted for the Greens

Victims of New South Wales' bushfires are dragged into the federal political arena as politicians bicker over the role of climate change and controlled burning. → Read More

'We should have won': Albanese sets new path for Labor as it seeks Government

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says Labor got it wrong in May's federal election as he outlines the five themes the party will pursue in a bid to defeat the Coalition. → Read More

Labor's election post-mortem provides warning signs for Anthony Albanese where Bill Shorten fell short

The Federal Opposition's election autopsy finds Bill Shorten failed in his six years to deal with his unpopularity as a leader and take the fight to the Coalition, but few in the Labor Party are willing to offer Anthony Albanese a similar tenure unless he's able to make immediate inroads on both fronts, writes Brett Worthington. → Read More

Government lists guidelines for those bringing artificial intelligence to life

Artificial intelligence should respect human rights, diversity and privacy, according to an ethics framework the Government hopes will prevent people from being exploited. → Read More

Senators unable to reach bi-partisan agreement on medevac laws

A Senate review into a Federal Government push to repeal so-called medevac laws has broken along party lines, leaving the fate of the legislation in the hands of independent crossbencher Jacqui Lambie. → Read More

Morrison facing pressure to release transcript of Trump call

Labor intensifies its demands for the Prime Minister to release the transcript of a conversation with Donald Trump, accusing Scott Morrison of cosying up to the US President at the expense of Australia's national interest. → Read More

Attorney-General demands prosecutors seek his approval before charging journalists

Federal prosecutors have to seek written consent from the Attorney-General before laying charges against ABC and New Corp journalists for breaching secrecy laws while covering national security matters. → Read More

Europe's campaign to stop Australia using the word feta advances

EU officials want to prevent Australian farmers from calling their cheese feta unless it comes from Greece. But efforts to restrict prosecco to only come from Italy face strong opposition. → Read More