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International arrival caps to remain unchanged with National Cabinet dashing hopes of Australians stranded by COVID

National Cabinet all but dashes the hopes of lifting international arrival caps for Australians struggling to return home for almost another month. → Read More

Aged care elevated to top levels of Federal Government following deadly pandemic, scathing reviews

Responsibility for the aged care sector is elevated to the top levels of the Federal Government in the wake of the deadly coronavirus pandemic and scathing reviews of the sector. → Read More

Falling JobKeeper demand and booming iron ore prices offer $16 billion improvement to Federal Budget

Fewer people needing JobKeeper as well as booming iron ore export prices deliver a $16 billion improvement to the Federal Budget's bottom line, but the Government is still on track for a record deficit. → Read More

Anthony Albanese dismisses anonymous letter alleging toxic culture within his office

A dossier, anonymously posted online, alleging a bullying, toxic culture within the Opposition Leader's office is rejected as "fake", with Anthony Albanese insisting he leads an "outstanding" team. → Read More

Government wants Federal Budget's tax cuts in place quickly as Labor questions hiring plan

Workers could see an increase in their take-home pay within weeks as the Federal Government seeks to quickly implement $50 billion in fast-tracked tax cuts. → Read More

Federal Budget 2020 reveals Australia headed to record debt of almost $1 trillion

Billions of dollars in fast-tracked tax cuts and younger worker wage subsidies underline the Federal Government's budget recovery pitch, as Australia's recession sends debt and deficits to record levels. → Read More

Federal Budget to include cash payments worth $500 for aged, family and disability welfare recipients

Aged, carer, family and disability welfare recipients and veterans will receive two cash payments in the next five months, in a move the Federal Government hopes will stimulate the Australian economy. → Read More

Record numbers of women are having babies in the Federal Parliament and now coronavirus might help them

The coronavirus flips federal politics on its head, sending politicians into their homes and forcing them to work remotely. But the deadly pandemic is also proving an opportunity for female MPs to overhaul federal political life. → Read More

Federal Government deficit hitting record highs as coronavirus devastates the economy

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has unveiled Australia's largest budget deficit since World War II, reaching almost $86 billion dollars last financial year. → Read More

JobKeeper and JobSeeker extended for months but rates cut and eligibility tightened

The JobKeeper wage subsidy will continue for another six months but at $1,200 a fortnight, while the coronavirus-inflated JobSeeker payment will continue for another three months at $800 a fortnight after September. → Read More

Australia looks to lessen reliance on China, with UK free trade talks to commence

Free trade talks with the United Kingdom will officially begin later this month as Australia desperately seeks closer relationships with nations beyond China. → Read More

Senate seeking answers from Josh Frydenberg about $60 billion JobKeeper mistake

A Labor-led coronavirus parliamentary committee will seek to compel Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to explain how the Federal Government overestimated the JobKeeper wage subsidy program by $60 billion. → Read More

Greens demand job guarantees and free education for young people in coronavirus recovery plan

Anyone under 30 would be guaranteed a job, a better income or a free place at a university or TAFE, under a new policy position the federal Greens have launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Chinese officials refuse to call Australia back as coronavirus trade tensions bubble over

High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that has been fuelled by requests for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. → Read More

Treasurer concedes coronavirus economic figures 'sobering' as Australia faces largest deficit in history

Josh Frydenberg, on a day he expected to deliver Australia's first budget surplus in more than a decade, says the underlying cash deficit at the end of March was $22.4 billion, almost $10 billion above earlier forecasts. → Read More

JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy payments start flowing to 4.7 million workers

The Federal Government is expecting more businesses to sign up to its JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy program as the first round of payments start flowing to employers today. → Read More

Coronavirus-safe travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand unlikely in immediate term

The Prime Minister hoses down the likelihood of a sudden opening of the Australian border to New Zealanders, insisting the initial focus is on reopening state borders. → Read More

Chief Medical Officer expects staged easing of coronavirus restrictions but wants physical distancing maintained

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy wants a greater uptake of a coronavirus tracing app in a bid to abate lingering concerns about the containing the virus and allow leaders to ease more restrictions. → Read More

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan demands schools re-open, accuses Victoria of taking 'sledgehammer' to sector

The federal Education Minister has lashed out at Victoria, urging parents to ignore that state's Premier and instead follow medical experts and send their children back to school. → Read More

Bridget McKenzie breaks silence over sports scandal, defending intervention in grant allocations

Former Cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie defends her actions in the sports grants scandal, saying it was her "responsibility" to exercise discretion and allocate grants to projects that had not been merit-listed. → Read More