Is the pension cat out of the budget bag?

The government is likely to abandon changes to pension indexation in the budget, says Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming.

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'Now is the time to have a go': Hockey

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4:01 PM   Record low interest rates and a 'terrific' May budget should spur business investment says the Treasurer.

Reserve Bank cuts interest rate

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2:36 PM   In a widely anticipated move, the Reserve Bank cut the official cash rate to 2.0 per cent, a historic low. Economics editor Peter Martin explains why.

Government flags tax crackdown

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12:42 PM   Treasurer Joe Hockey targets tax evaders in a bid to boost government coffers.

Labor risks political wedge over boat turn backs

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12:25 PM   The Coalition is 'irresponsible and reckless' by oversimplifying asylum seeker policy for political gain says Labor MP Terri Butler.

Welfare sector welcomes pension changes

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12:01 PM   ACOSS welcomes the government's expected budget back down on the aged pension, but has concerns over childcare.

How the Bali Nine case unfolded

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Australian Federal Police details how the investigation into the Bali nine unfolded, and assert that officers could not have prevented the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali Nine: we don't have 'blood on our hands' says AFP

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The AFP has defended its role in the arrest of Bali 9, and revealed the personal toll the case had on its officers.

We don't owe Bali 9 families an apology: AFP

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Commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended the Australian Federal Police for its handling of the Bali 9 case rejecting calls for the agency to apologise.

Citizenship for sale? Pollies sceptical

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The Productivity Commission has floated the idea of selling the right to immigrate, but politicians aren't sure it's such a good idea.

International student standards slipping

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The onus is on universities to make sure international student agencies are maintaining standards says Shadow Assistant Minister for Higher Education Amanda Rishworth.

Lib MP calls for government compromise on RET

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Politics shouldn't get in the way of negotiations over the Renewable Energy Target says Liberal MP Dan Tehan, who has urged the government to compromise.

Dealing with the death penalty

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Should Australia now lead the charge internationally against the death penalty? Greens Senator Larissa Waters and Nationals MP Andrew Broad discuss.


Hockey's horror budget numbers

The budget deficit continues to deteriorate and parliament must rise to the challenge says Deloitte Access Economics' Chris Richardson.

Triple A credit rating threatened

What does the threat to Australia's credit rating mean for Joe Hockey's second budget - and for ordinary Australians? Economist Chris Richardson explains.

Bali nine: two 'weak leaders'

Tony Abbott and Joko Widodo have revealed their weakness as leaders, putting diplomatic ties at risk says International editor Peter Hartcher.

Labor moves to recognise Palestine

Labor Michelle Rowland expects a robust debate when recognition of Palestine is debated at Labor's national conference, but believes it is a positive move.

Bali 9: domestic pressure trumps international pleas

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is acting from a position of weakness explains Associate Professor Greg Fealy.

Labor's same-sex marriage debate

Labor's left wants to force ALP parliamentarians to vote for same-sex marriage, while calling for the Liberals to move to a conscience vote. Terri Butler explains the logic.