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Past articles by Andrew:

National Reconstruction Fund closer with Labor, Greens deal

Adam Bandt says it is important to ensure the reconstruction funds are used appropriately. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) Labor's signature reconstruction fund has passed the lower house and is expected to clear the Senate after the government struck a deal with the Greens to ensure it does not support coal and gas. → Read More

Albanese vows justice for MH17 victims as probe ends

Russia has denied involvement in the MH17 attack, in which all 298 passengers and crew were killed. (AP PHOTO) Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has vowed to keep pursuing justice for the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 after international prosecutors concluded their investigation without further convictions. → Read More

Wong to visit China for diplomatic talks

Trade is expected to be high on the agenda when Foreign Minister Penny Wong visits China this week. (Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS) Foreign Minister Penny Wong will travel to Beijing to mark the 50th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations. → Read More

Climate targets in the spotlight as Australia is urged to up the ante

Australia would always be an enduring partner to the people of the Pacific, Pat Conroy said. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) Palau's president has urged Australia to increase its action on reducing emissions ahead of a bipartisan delegation visiting the Pacific nation. → Read More

Chris Bowen dismisses gas company concerns

Federal Minister Energy Chris Bowen says energy retailers don't need to charge exorbitant prices. (Diego Fedele/AAP PHOTOS) Energy Minister Chris Bowen has dismissed criticism from power companies following government plans to cap the price of gas and coal. → Read More

Ban looms for data breach ransom payments

It could soon be illegal for companies that fall victim to data breaches to pay ransoms to the... → Read More

National Farmers' Federation warns Senate committee of unintended impacts on food supply chain

Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke wants industrial reforms passed by the end of the year. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) The peak body for Australian farmers has warned changes to the country's workplace laws would impact grocery prices and essential supply chains due to increased strike actions. → Read More

Fears realised on Medibank hack: minister

More customer data stolen by hackers has been uploaded to the dark web overnight. (Diego Fedele/AAP PHOTOS) Cyber Security Minister Clare O'Neil says the worst fears for Medibank customers have been realised, following the latest data dump of stolen customer information. → Read More

Budget missed chance for relief: Dutton

Peter Dutton says the federal budget is a grim one for Australian families and for pensioners. (Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS) Peter Dutton has labelled the federal budget as a missed opportunity to include financial support for Australians, accusing the prime minister of walking away from key election commitments. → Read More

New funding to 'turn around' Great Barrier Reef health

The government has announced $1.2 billion will be spent on the reef in the upcoming budget. → Read More

Renewable energy projects fast-tracked

The government has partnered with Victoria and Tasmania to jointly fund a new energy project. (Jono Searle/AAP PHOTOS) Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has labelled a multi-billion renewable energy initiative as a "nation-building project", promising it would help to lower power prices. → Read More

NDIS put under spotlight in new review

A wide-ranging review of the NDIS has been brought forward in a bid to find improvements to the... → Read More

Health Minister Mark Butler admits it's too early to tell if the peak of the recent COVID-19 wave has passed

Anthony Albanese and his state and territory counterparts will hold a national cabinet meeting. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS) Federal Health Minister Mark Butler admits it's still too early to tell if the peak of the recent COVID-19 wave has passed, following a slight downturn in case numbers. → Read More

King vows to overhaul 'big mess' of regional grants program

Catherine King delivering her victory speech in Ballarat on 2022 federal election night. Federal Ballarat MP and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King has vowed to overhaul a regional grants program in the wake of a scathing auditor-general report. → Read More

Monkeypox declared disease of significance

Prof Paul Kelly says while monkeypox has been upgraded, it is far less transmissible than COVID-19. (Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS) The country's chief medical officer has upgraded the federal response to monkeypox in the wake of the World Health Organisation listing the disease as a global emergency. → Read More

Calls for rethink of COVID strategy as Omicron peak looms

A leading virus expert has called for a rethink of Australia's COVID-19 strategy as the country prepares to go through another wave of cases during winter. → Read More

Unemployment rate hit 48-year low in June

The labour market is red-hot, with the jobless rate falling to a better-than-expected 3.5 per cent. The unemployment rate plummeted to 3.5 per cent in June, the lowest rate in 48 years, as Australia's great jobs boom continued. → Read More

Malcolm Turnbull urges gas price, volume limits

Malcolm Turnbull has defended his gas trigger mechanism saying it was designed for a different time. Malcolm Turnbull says the Albanese government should consider bringing in gas price and volume controls for 90 days in a bid to deal with the short-term energy crisis. → Read More

Dutton 'belligerent' over subs: Turnbull

Peter Dutton has been slammed by Malcolm Turnbull over his handling of the French submarine deal. Claims from Opposition Leader Peter Dutton he tried to buy two US nuclear submarines to meet a capability shortfall have been labelled as "belligerent" bluster by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. → Read More

Labor wins 76th seat, set to form majority

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will form a majority government after Labor picked up the necessary 76 seats. Labor... → Read More