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Terrorism and global climate negotiations

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Urban Policy

Labor to refocus on urban policy

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2:49pm 'Productive, sustainable and liveable cities' will be the aim of the newly appointed Minister for Cities Anthony Albanese.

National Security

MP reveals Twitter execution threat

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The threat made on Twitter highlights the 'hysteria' surrounding the military campaign against ISIL says Labor MP Melissa Parke.

Jacqui Lambie admits she's no scholar

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Anyone who wants to know more about sharia law should Google it says the Palmer United Senator, who admits she's struggled to define what sharia is.

PM urges 'perspective' on national security

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Tony Abbott has updated Parliament on Australia's national security and urged Australians to keep the threat in perspective.

PM's message of reassurance

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Tony Abbott has used his weekly YouTube address to reassure Australians the government is doing everything it humanly can to keep the country safe.

PM reluctant to label Iraq conflict 'war'

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Tony Abbott won't rule out military action in Syria, or label the conflict against Islamic State a 'war'.

Bowen accuses Hockey of 'creative accounting'

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To prevent Treasurers politicising forecasts, Labor would transfer Treasury's forecasting function to the Parliamentary Budget Office says Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.

Refugee convention not for 'Centrelink seekers'

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Refugee resettlement shouldn't be restricted to first world economies says Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Pyne says discussions were 'misinterpreted'

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Christopher Pyne says he never offered James Ashby a job and legal help, saying his conversation with Peter Slipper's former staffer may have been misinterpreted.

John Madigan quits DLP

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Cross bench Senator John Madigan will now serve as an independent, blaming a 'cancer of political intrigue' in the Democratic Labor Party.

Abolish the minimum wage: Family First Senator

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Allowing people to opt out of the industrial relations system will lead to a drop in crime and youth unemployment says Family First Senator Bob Day.

Jacqui Lambie calls for inquiry into the Department of Veterans' Affairs

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In her first speech to the Senate Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie slams the Department of Veterans' Affairs and Defence over a 'culture of cover up'.

Hockey talks up 'growing momentum' in economy

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National accounts figures released Wednesday are pleasing says the Treasurer, but growth is still too low and unemployment too high.

Video 'abundantly justifies' Iraq action: PM

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The Prime Minister says the beheading of Steven Sotloff shows ISIL is a threat not just to the Middle East, but the wider world.

Mining tax repeal 'a great day for Australia'

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The deal hammered out with the Palmer United Party will cost the budget but the Treasurer and Finance Minister agree it's a good outcome.

Super benefits a 'fallacy': Palmer

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The Palmer United Party has agreed to freeze superannuation contributions as part of the mining tax repeal but super only benefits merchant banks and unions says Clive Palmer.

Question Time

Deputy PM nods off as Abbott answers questions

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Warren Truss struggles to give Tony Abbott his full attention during Monday's question time.

Islamic State a 'death cult': PM

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The government won't stand by in the face of preventable genocide says the Prime Minister.

New sanctions to hit Russia

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Australia will follow the lead of the EU and expand its sanctions against Russia, says the Prime Minister.

Royal Commission reveals 'litany of failures'

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Rudd government's home insulation scheme was bungled by a culture of dysfunction says the Prime Minister.

Greens bid to debate Iraq fails

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Tensions run high in the Senate as Labor votes with the government to block an attempt to debate Australia's military involvement in Iraq.

Islamic State

Conflicts reach out to us: PM

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Islamic State 'needs to be dealt with' as President Obama admits there is no strategy to deal with IS in Syria.

Some protests 'bordering on criminal'

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But attendees will still have fun at the World Congress of Families conference says organiser Babette Francis.

Greens, solar industry slam RET review

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Winding back the renewable energy target will kill jobs and investment warns Greens Leader Christine Milne and the Australian Solar Council.

New data sharing agreement with the US

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The new agreement will make it easier for both nations to monitor people on watch lists says the Prime Minister.

Palmer's 'pressing act of nature'

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Dismissing talks of a rift between his Senators, the PUP Leader explains why he left question time on Monday.

PM announces new counter-terrorism units

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Additional border-force officers will be stationed at international airports across the country says the Prime Minister.

PM announces MH17 memorial

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Speaking on a condolence motion about MH17, the Prime Minister announces a new memorial will be built within the gardens of Parliament House.

Politics in pictures

May 23rd 2014

The good, the bad and the ugly

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CHRIS HAMMER Politics as a spaghetti western - the week in music, photos, video and headlines.

May 16th 2014

Budget week montage

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CHRIS HAMMER The political contest hots up - budget week recounted through music, photos, videos, headlines and artworks.

May 9th 2014

Leak week

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CHRIS HAMMER It was a week of pre-budget leaks - told here through music, video, photographs and headlines..

May 2nd 2014

Political montage

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CHRIS HAMMER It was a week of budget leaks and political drama - as told through music, video, headlines and photographs.

April 25th 2014

Pomp, ceremony and politics

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CHRIS HAMMER There was Easter, royalty and Anzac Day, but also plenty of politics - the political week as told through music, photos and video.

April 17th 2014

The political week

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The week in politics - told through a montage of photos, music, and video.

April 11th 2014

The political week

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CHRIS HAMMER Tony Abbott's Asian trip and the politics of the week told through video, music and photographs.

April 4th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The week in politics, told through photos, video and music.

March 28th 2014

The week in politics

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CHRIS HAMMER It was the week that knighthoods returned to Australia, as told through music, video and photographs.

March 21st 2014

The week in politics

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The political events of the week told through music, video and photographs.

March 7th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The past week in politics, told through photography, sound bites and music.

February 28th 2014

The week that was

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CHRIS HAMMER The political week told though a montage of video and photos.

February 21st 2014

The political narrative

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A montage of photographs and video tells the story of the week in federal politics.

February 14th 2014

The week that was

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The past week in Canberra, told through a montage of video and the photography.

Interviews

Breaking Politics

Terror laws, and Parliament House

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CHRIS HAMMER Liberal MP Wyatt Roy joins Breaking Politics to discuss the latest on the Terror raids across Brisbane and Sydney.

Breaking Politics

Terror raids, parliament house and expanded security laws.

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the latest national news.

Breaking Politics

Terror raids, Iraq and stopping the boats

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Larissa Waters and National Party MP Andrew Broad join Chris Hammer to debate the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Indigenous recognition, Iraq and same sex marriage

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CHRIS HAMMER Liberal Senator Scott Ryan joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the political issues of the day.

Breaking Politics

Sarah Hanson-Young joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young joins the show to discuss indigenous recognition in the constitution, Iraq and the latest news on same sex marriage.

Breaking Politics

Matt Canavan joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER National Party Senator Matt Canavan joins the show to discuss, Iraq, climate change and the PPL.

Breaking Politics

Iraq and climate change

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Terri Butler joins Breaking Politics to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

TPVs national security, ICAC and submarines.

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Breaking Politics to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Breaking Politics with Larissa Waters

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens Senator Larissa Waters joins the show to discuss the latest political news: TPV's, a new study on the budget's impact on women and the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Breaking Politics

Terri Butler joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Terri Butler joins Chris Hammer to discuss ICAC and the RET

Breaking Politics

ICAC and the renewable energy target

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CHRIS HAMMER Senator John 'Wacka' Williams joins the show via broadband to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Amanda Rishworth joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor spokesperson for higher education Amanda Rishworth joins the show via broadband to discuss news surrounding HECS debts.

Breaking Politics

Alex Hawke joins Breaking Politics

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CHRIS HAMMER Liberal MP Alex Hawke says penalty rates on weekends should be lowered for young workers in order to boost small business.

Bob Day joins Breaking Politics

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Family First Senator Bob Day joins the show to discuss his first speech and how government negotiations are proceeding in the Senate.

Breaking Politics

Superannuation, higher education and asylum

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CHRIS HAMMER National Party MP Andrew Broad joins Breaking Politics to cover the political issues of the day.

Breaking Politics

Abbot Point, uranium sales and asylum

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CHRIS HAMMER Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters joins Chris Hammer to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Iraq, superannuation and pink batts

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor MP Terri Butler and National Party Senator John 'Wacka' Williams join Chris Hammer in the studio to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Breaking Politics with Amanda Rishworth

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Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Callum Denness via broadband to discuss a new report on the renewable energy target and possible military action against IS.

Breaking Politics

Breaking Politics with Larissa Waters

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Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters joins Breaking Politics to discuss the political news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Military intevention against IS and school chaplains

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CHRIS HAMMER National Party MP Andrew Broad joins Chris Hammer in the studio to discuss the news of the day.

Breaking Politics

Bill Shorten, budget and IS

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Labor MP Amanda Rishworth joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the political news of the day.

Question Time

Question Time

Question time: 'Palmer's piggy bank'

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Labor attempts to exploit the government's deal with Clive Palmer to repeal the mining tax during Thursday's question time.

Question Time

Palmer deal dominates question time

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The government taunts Labor during an impassioned question time on Tuesday after striking a deal with Palmer United to abolish the mining tax and delay superannuation increases.

Question Time

One minute question time

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Labor's Monday question time assault and Tony Abbott's response distilled to just over a minute.

Question Time

A khaki question time

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Labor attempts to wrong foot the government on national security during Thursday's question time, focusing on cuts to the Australian War Memorial. Chris Hammer reports.

Question Time

Going the niggle

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Labor tries to get under Joe Hockey's skin during question time on Wednesday.

Question Time

Is Joe Hockey the weak link?

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CHRIS HAMMER Labor switches its question time attack on Tuesday from Tony Abbott to Joe Hockey.

Question Time

Question time: talk to the budget

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CHRIS HAMMER The opposition goads the government with its own budget papers during Wednesday's question time.

Question Time

Target acquired, ammunition primed

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CHRIS HAMMER Fairfax polling reveals voters remain unconvinced by the budget and the Prime Minister - Labor uses one to target the other in Monday's question time.

Question Time

Beating the budget drum

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CHRIS HAMMER The opposition digs deeper into the budget in its attempts to discredit Tony Abbott during Thursday's question time.

From left field

Sleepy times in the Senate?

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Did Defence Minister David Johnston nod off in the Senate on Thursday? You be the judge...

Fund the ABC, or the pig goes

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In an animated senate estimates hearing, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott said he couldn't guarantee Peppa Pig would be safe from budget cuts.

Tony Abbott visits the DMZ

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Raw vision: during his trip to South Korea Prime Minister Tony Abbott takes time to see the border with North Korea.

Turnbull pokes fun at the knights and dames

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The knighthood honours system isn't a throwback to imperial times, but in line with many great republics like Guatemala, Turnbull jokes at a Free TV event on Wednesday.

Parliament

Laughter crackdown in Parliament

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Labor MP Julie Collins is thrown out of Parliament for laughing as the Speaker, Bronwyn Bishop accuses the opposition of employing a new parliamentary tactic.

Knights and Dames: Tony Abbott mocked

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'Winter is coming' warns labor's Sam Dastyari, invoking medieval drama Game of Thrones in mockery of Tony Abbott's decision to reinstate knighthoods.

WA Senate Election

A most polite spray

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Greens Senator Scott Ludlam invites Tony Abbott to visit Western Australia - and then unloads on the Prime Minister in a Senate speech earlier this week that has since gone viral.

Featured

Disunity 'plays into the hands of ISIL'

A Senate debate on National Security Legislation prompts an appeal for tolerance from Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells amid calls to ban the burqa and sharia law.

Out reach or zero tolerance?

What's the best approach for dealing with disaffected middle-eastern youth? Senators Sam Dastyari and Scott Ryan offer their opinions.

Pressure grows for new carbon targets

Major countries will reveal new greenhouse targets by early next year, but Australia is resisting, according to The Climate Institute's John Connor in New York.

Bishop boots 200th pollie from question time

Three Labor members were booted on Tuesday, bringing the total number of politicians ejected from question time to 200.

Does coal have a future?

A UN-sponsored report says Australia can do without coal. Labor's Terri Butler and Nationals Senator John 'Wacka' Williams disagree.

Pharmacy fight looms

A new report recommends deregulating pharmacies, but National Party Senator John 'Wacka' Williams warns his Liberal colleagues against adopting the recommendations.

The truth about sharia

The condemnation of sharia by Jacqui Lambie is naive, insensitive and dangerous, according to Islamic law expert Professor Tim Lindsey.

How credible is parliament threat?

What is the risk of a terror attack on parliament house and how does it compare to the threat targeted in raids in Sydney and Brisbane? Analysis with David Wroe.

Are new terror laws justified?

The government will introduce expanded terror laws to parliament next week. Labor MP Amanda Rishworth and Liberal MP Wyatt Roy explain their parties' positions.

Let Australians fight for ISIL?

Australia might be safer if the authorities let would-be ISIL fighters go to Iraq and Syria instead of keeping them here, according to terrorism expert Professor Clive Williams.

Greens: Iraq deployment increases terror risk

A fiery debate on the politics of war, terrorism and national security between Greens Senator Larissa Waters and National Party MP Andrew Broad.

Fiji turns democratic - but for how long?

Fiji has a democratic government for the first time in eight years, but another coup cannot be ruled out, says Professor Brij Lal.

New same-sex marriage push

Norfolk Island is moving towards legalising same-sex marriage, with supporters hoping the move will survive high court scrutiny.

Indigenous referendum when?

There's bipartisan support for changing the constitution to recognise indigenous Australians but disagreement about the timing and scope of a referendum.

Wilkie: Shorten 'scared stiff' on Iraq

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie castigates Labor's uncritical support for the government on Iraq, saying Bill Shorten appears scared stiff of voicing any differences on national security.

Iraq: boots on the ground?

The PM says SAS troops deployed to Iraq won't engage in combat- a claim independent MP Andrew Wilkie finds hard to believe.

PM's Iraq media blitz

Tony Abbott blitzes the airwave, assuring the public that Australia has clear military objectives and won't repeat the mistakes of the 2003 Iraq war.

Bipartisan push for military action

Australia's commitment to deploying a 600-strong military team to Iraq has firm bipartisan support. With Liberal Andrew Laming and Labor's Andrew Leigh.

What is the SAS mission in Iraq?

Australian special forces soldiers may see combat in Iraq, says Defence correspondent David Wroe.

Chance of success in Syria 'slim'

There is only a 'slim' chance that an American-led coalition can defeat ISIL within Syria, according to Professor Amin Saikal.

Morrison 'mismanaging' portfolio: Labor MP

A High Court slap down and a backdown on re-settling refugees in Australia shows Scott Morrison isn't capable of managing his portfolio says Amanda Rishworth.

Obama's strategy explained

The US President has outlined plans to defeat the Islamic State- Chief political correspondent Mark Kenny and ASPI's Peter Jennings explain the implications.

Greens resist temporary protection push

A major policy shift could see asylum seekers on Christmas Island moved to the mainland on Temporary Protection Visas, but the Greens remain opposed to the plan.

Why do Australians pay more online?

Content creators must address pricing issues if they want to address piracy in Australia says Labor's Ed Husic.

'The federal system is wide open'

There are calls to reform rules governing federal political donations, following revelations in ICAC. Labor's Terri Butler and Nationals Senator John 'Wacka' Williams say change is needed.

Submarine promise faces torpedo

The government is considering abandoning a promise to build a new generation of submarines in Adelaide. Analysis with David Wroe.

Credlin's emails revealed at ICAC

Political donations and corporate influence are in the spotlight following ICAC's revelations. Investigative reporter Kate McClymont joins Chris Hammer and Heath Aston to discuss the latest developments.

Is Tony Abbott governing fairly?

A year after the election, Labor's Andrew Leigh and Liberal MP Andrew Laming debate the equity of the Abbott government's program.

Obama to set out strategy against IS

How will the west will shrink the influence and territory of the IS? Fairfax's defence and foreign affairs correspondent David Wroe joins Breaking Politics to explain.

More senate breakthroughs likely

The rest of the government's budget is now likely to pass the senate by the end of the year, according to pivotal Family First Senator Bob Day.

Higher ed changes don't add up says Labor

The government says that under its proposed changes students will pay 50% of the cost of their degree- but that's wrong says Labor's Amanda Rishworth.

Backbencher wants penalty rates slashed

Cutting or abolishing the penalty rate for small businesses will go a long way to reducing youth unemployment says Liberal MP Alex Hawke.

Question time: 'Palmer's piggy bank'

Labor attempts to exploit the government's deal with Clive Palmer to repeal the mining tax during Thursday's question time.

Asylum seeker brain death 'utterly tragic and criminal'

The brain death of Hamid Khazaei is "a huge stain on Australia" says Greens Senator Larissa Waters.

Give asylum seekers work rights: Nationals MP

Andrew Broad says allowing asylum seekers in the community to work would breed tolerance, and he's not comfortable with the term 'illegal boat arrivals'.

100 days in photographs

The first 100 days of the Abbott government seen through the lens of Fairfax Canberra photographers Andrew Meares and Alex Ellinghausen.