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Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Defence considered abandoning $50b French submarine deal

The Defence Department secretly considered walking away from the French submarine deal during protracted and at times bitter contract negotiations, and started drawing up contingency plans for the new fleet. → Read More

Two Jeffrey Epstein investigations are underway. Prince Andrew could be subpoenaed for one of them

Two prison guards are charged in relation to the death of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but it's likely to be just the beginning, with the US Attorney-General declaring the case is not over and a legal expert saying Prince Andrew is vulnerable to extradition. → Read More

Labor was going to hit the ground running — it hit a brick wall instead

Everything was choreographed for the first day of a Shorten Labor government — four months later, party operatives are slowly contemplating how to rebuild the party's chances. → Read More

Julie Bishop defends her private sector positions since quitting politics

The former foreign minister, as well as former defence minister Christopher Pyne, have come under fire for taking on jobs in industries that overlap with their former portfolios. → Read More

Scott Morrison makes thinly-veiled swipe at Beijing's aggression in the South China Sea

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, speaking during a trip to Vietnam, has urged China's neighbours to resist coercion, warning the entire region would suffer if their sovereignty were undermined. → Read More

Tim Fischer, former Nationals leader and deputy PM, dies from leukaemia, aged 73

A widely respected and quirky political figure, the former deputy prime minister went from 20-year-old conscript fighting in the jungles in Vietnam to serving as Australia's top diplomat at the Vatican. → Read More

Australia eyeing US fuel to shore up domestic supplies

With Australia holding just 28 days' worth of fuel imports — well below the 90-day minimum required under international agreements — the Government is looking to to gain access to the United States' tightly guarded reserves. → Read More

Liberal Party bosses write new code of conduct amid toxic culture claims

The Liberal Party's national executive will implement a dispute resolution process and code of conduct by the end of the year amid allegations the party's culture is toxic towards the treatment of women. → Read More

Labor backbenchers call for $75 boost to weekly Newstart allowance

Unemployed workers should receive at least another $75 a week, according to Labor MPs who are speaking out about the need to boost the welfare payment. → Read More

MP calls for parliament's powerful intelligence committee to have greater oversight of security agencies

A Labor MP and long-term member of Federal Parliament's powerful intelligence committee says the secrecy over national security has gone too far in the wake of last week's police raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist's home. → Read More

AFP raids show Labor must treat future national security law changes with caution, MP says

Labor MPs are urging their party to take a more rigorous and strident approach to national security laws following this week's police raids on the ABC and the home of a News Corp journalist. → Read More

More women are on their way to Parliament, but no party has equal representation

The number of women in Parliament has barely improved and it appears neither major party will have a woman in their leadership team. → Read More

'Our path to victory is a freeway, theirs is a goat track': Labor makes play for conservative strongholds

Bill Shorten is so confident he is mounting attacks on conservative strongholds around the country, hoping for an epic victory, writes Jane Norman. → Read More

Coalition's NDIS overhaul to include quicker assessments and longer plans

A single point of contact for NDIS clients and plans locked in for three years are among changes announced by the Coalition weeks out from the election. → Read More

Palmer United Party to be placed ahead of Labor on Liberals' how-to-vote cards

The Liberal Party strikes a deal to exchange preferences with Clive Palmer, which will see the United Australia Party placed second, or above Labor, on its how-to-vote cards in Lower and Upper House seats. → Read More

Scott Morrison's re-election strategy relies on him passing the 'pub test'

Whether you call it the likeability factor or just being a regular bloke, the PM thinks he has the edge over Bill Shorten. So much so, it's shaping his entire re-election campaign strategy. → Read More

Labor is eyeing off every Liberal seat in Melbourne — and Dutton is its secret weapon

Liberal Party strategists concede the Home Affairs Minister, and his role in removing former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, is toxic for the Coalition's chances in Victoria. → Read More

Malcolm Turnbull slams Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison over Chinese donor revelations

The former prime minister says his replacement and the Home Affairs Minister need to take seriously allegations Chinese Communist Party-aligned billionaire Huang Xiangmo paid tens of thousands of dollars to try to to secure Australian citizenship. → Read More

Labor climate change policy proposes tax breaks for businesses to buy electric cars

Bill Shorten will today unveil Labor's climate change policy aimed at cutting emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, including a push to dramatically increase the number of electric cars on Australian roads. → Read More

Budget to include one-off energy assistance payment for pensioners, veterans, carers and single parents

A one-time handout to help pensioners, veterans, carers and single parents handle rising energy bills will be including in the federal Budget on Tuesday. → Read More