Supporting start-up entrepreneurs

The government is considering increasing support for hi-tech start-up companies. Liberal MP Wyatt Roy explains why.

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Direct action and negative gearing

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

Labor drops small target strategy

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Labor's 'year of ideas' has seen the opposition announce new policies on tax and superannuation. Have they seized momentum from the government? Analysis with Heath Aston and Chris Hammer.

What seniors want

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Older Australians are prepared to accept changes to the pension, super and negative gearing all changes should be considered as part of a broader review says Council on the Ageing's Ian Yates

Funding for climate sceptic 'utterly revolting'

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The Abbott government's decision to fund "sceptical environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg's think tank is "embarrassingly poor" and "utterly revolting" says Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters.

Nationals MP tells Westpac to 'get stuffed'

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Westpac shutting up shop in the electorate of Mallee is another example of banks 'walking away from country people' says Andrew Broad.

More women on boards, more profits

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Greater gender diversity at top companies leads to greater profits says Greens spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters, but more work needs to be done to narrow the gender gap.

Rural banking, negative gearing and superannuation

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Nationals Mp Andrew Broad joins Chris Hammer via broadband to discuss the news of the day.

Superannuation, medicare and taxing multinationals

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Labor MP Ed Husic joins Breaking Politics to discuss the political news of the day.

Tax grab or fairness measure?

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Labor says it's proposal to wind back superannuation tax breaks for the wealthy is about fairness but Liberal Senator Scott Ryan says the policy is a "diversion".

Medicare review and taxing superannuation

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Liberal Senator Scott Ryan joins Chris Hammer to discuss the news of the day.

Cautious welcome for Medicare review

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The process in reviewing the medicare schedule should be evidence based and support service for patients says AMA President Brian Owler.

Labor unveils super plan

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Superannuation concessions for wealthy Australians would be wound back under proposals for a 'fairer' system unveiled by Bill Shorten and Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen.

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Direct Action: success or not?

The government is claiming vindication, but Australia is still 'miles away from any credible post 2020 emissions goal', says The Climate Institute.

Labor's house of cards

Bill Shorten's the winner after a realignment of factions within the Victorian ALP. James Massola explains.

The retreating budget surplus

'We're wasting money', says Nationals Senator John 'Wacka' Williams; 'we have an incoherent approach to economic management', responds Labor's Andrew Giles.

Axis of expediency?

From the 'axis of evil' to an intelligence-sharing partner. David Wroe explains what's driving Australia's new relationship with Iran.

The view from Iran

Fairfax's Daniel Flitton witnesses history in the making in Tehran as Julie Bishop forges a new relationship.

Farm boom beckons

The economy appears to be successfully transitioning away from mining, with farmers among the big winners, says Liberal MP Dan Tehan.

The case for bigger government

Nationals MP Andrew Broad wants a 15 per cent GST, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale wants more spent on health.