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Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox is a national political reporter covering breaking news. Most recently Lisa covered the ACT Legislative Assembly for The Canberra Times, and the environment from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age's Canberra bureau.

Mal Brough and Peter Slipper affair like a bad case of herpes: James Ashby

Lisa Cox Former political staffer James Ashby has said the $200,000 Fairfax MP Clive Palmer claims he was asked for to help bankroll a case against Peter Slipper would have covered less than a fifth of his...

High Court move to extend enrolment window and unlock one million votes

Tony Murphy is going to the High Court to allow Australians to enrol to vote in the weeks leading up to a federal election.

Lisa Cox Laws that prevent Australians from enrolling to vote in the weeks leading up to a federal election are set to be challenged in the High Court.

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Turnbull government unveils new five-tier terror alert system

Australia's new terrorism threat levels.

Lisa Cox Australia has a new five-tier terror alert system but the actual threat of an attack on home soil has not changed, the government said on Thursday.

Senator David Leyonhjelm bursts into song on the virtues of tax reform

Senator David Leyonhjelm

Lisa Cox He's fond of making amateur videos of his pet cats and swearing at satirical protesters dressed in medieval costumes.

'I never give up': Bill Shorten defends standing amid slump in polls

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not faced any "real economic tests yet", Bill Shorten has said as he dismissed questions about his own leadership amid poor poll results.

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'We will not let them win': Malcolm Turnbull addresses Parliament after Paris attacks

Lisa Cox Australia's diversity is one of its greatest strengths and Australians must "protect and defend it dearly" in the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Europe and the Middle East, Prime Minister Malcolm...

Two Australians among Islamic State cell supplying weapons and cash: local reports

Kuwait's Islamic State troubles. Sunnis and Shiites took part in a mass funeral procession for 27 people killed in a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite al-Sadiq mosque in June.

David Wroe and Lisa Cox Two Australians are among a Kuwait-based Islamic State cell that was supplying money, fighters and weapons including surface-to-air missiles to the militant group, Kuwaiti authorities say.

Minister Mal Brough hands over documents to police relating to Slipper-Ashby case

Mal Brough is sworn in as Special Minster of State  by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove in September.

Lisa Cox Special Minister of State Mal Brough has confirmed he has handed over documents relating to the disclosure of former speaker Peter Slipper's diary after he was visited by Australian Federal Police...

Jacqui Lambie questions refugee intake, recommends electronic tagging

Independent senator Jacqui Lambie suggested electronic bracelets could be used on Syrian refugees.

Lisa Cox Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has questioned whether Australia should rethink its decision to accept 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq after last week's deadly attacks in Paris.

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'We are a nation of victims' pro-gun senator David Leyonhjelm tells NRA

Lisa Cox Liberal democratic senator David Leyonhjelm has appeared in a video for the National Rifle Association of America in which he describes Australia as a "nation of victims" because of the government's...

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Australia ready to play its part in Syria, says Julie Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Lisa Cox Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has left the door open to committing Australian ground forces to military efforts in Syria and Iraq if the government received a request from the US-led coalition.

Paris attacks: Peter Dutton defends border policies amid calls for Australia to close its doors

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has pushed back at calls for Australia to close its borders in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Lisa Cox, James Massola Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has defended Australia's tough border security policies in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, pushing back on calls for Australia to close it borders.

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Christmas Island riot fallout: Cost of damage close to $10 million, says Peter Dutton

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton

Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has dramatically escalated his estimate of the cost of damage caused by the Christmas Island detention centre riot, saying it will cost closer to $10 million to fix.

Christmas Island riots: Images reveal extent of damage to detention centre

An image from Christmas Island detention centre released by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office.

Lisa Cox Images showing smashed windows, burnt walls and broken equipment that resulted from riots at the Christmas Island detention centre have been released by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's office.

Labor calls for inquiry into Christmas Island riots

Opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles.

Lisa Cox Labor is calling on the government to set up an independent inquiry into the Christmas Island detention centre riot, which ended on Tuesday with the use of force on some detainees.

Christmas Island unrest: Five injured as security forces take control of detention centre

Christmas Island immigration detention centre.

Lisa Cox Five detainees have been injured in unrest on Christmas Island as the Department of Immigration and Border protection said "some force' had been used to restore order at the detention centre.

Christmas Island unrest: 'When the ninja turtles began bashing the man it just went off from there'

Fazel Chegeni, an Iranian Kurd, has been found dead at Christmas Island.

Lisa Cox Workers at the Christmas Island detention centre have been removed from the facility "for their own safety" the Department of Immigration and Border Protection says amid ongoing unrest at the...

Riot breaks out at Christmas Island detention centre after detainee death: reports

Fazel Chegeni, an Iranian Kurd, has been found dead at Christmas Island.

Lisa Cox Detainees have described chaotic scenes at the Christmas Island detention centre including claims guards have abandoned their posts amid riots at the facility.

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Bill Shorten says debate about fairness in taxation not limited to GST

Opposition leader Bill Shorten says if the country was debating fairness in Australia's tax system then the use of tax concessions by wealthy Australians should be considered.

Lisa Cox Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has flagged that tax concessions for the wealthy are in Labor's sights as debate continues about the fairness of Australia's tax system.

Higher ambitions in sight? Kevin Rudd appointed to water and sanitation role with UN partner

Kevin Rudd has been appointed chair of a global sanitation and water partnership.

Lisa Cox Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken a new key post with a global agency in a move that will further stoke speculation he has the role of UN Secretary-General in his sights.

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