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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.

Subway or 7-Eleven? Bill Shorten's awkward slip of the tongue

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 August 2015. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Lisa Cox Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has apologised after confusing a fast food operator with 7-Eleven, the convenience store chain rocked by allegations of exploitation and a wage fraud cover-up.

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Is Labor 'running dead' in Canning to protect Tony Abbott?

BIll Shorten

Mark Kenny, Lisa Cox Labor has fuelled speculation it is more concerned with ensuring Tony Abbott remains Liberal leader than winning the Canning byelection.

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Abbott government dumps Labor's bank deposit tax at cost of $2 billion in lost revenue

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Lisa Cox The Abbott government has walked away from a plan to impose a tax on bank deposits, a proposal that was expected to deliver revenue of $500 million a year.

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Ministers distance themselves from Peter Dutton's claim Fairfax Media launching a 'jihad' on Abbott government

Peter Dutton

James Massola, Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says government MPs have "a fair idea who is leaking" information about divisions in cabinet as another minister blasted leakers, calling on them to quit or be...

Peter Dutton claims Fairfax Media is trying to bring down the Abbott government

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has accused Fairfax Media of trying to "bring the government down" for publishing stories about division in its most senior ranks.

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Trade Union Royal Commission: Dyson Heydon stays on as Commissioner

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon: ''It is notorious among the legal profession that I am incapable of sending or receiving emails.''

Lisa Cox, Anna Patty, Michaela Whitbourn Mr Heydon was forced to consider his position after Fairfax Media revealed he was listed as a guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser.

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Labor calls on Auditor-General to investigate Australian Border Force

Police watch as protesters rally inside Flinders Street Station on Friday against    Australian Border Force officers taking part in Operation Fortitude.

Lisa Cox Labor has called on the Auditor-General to investigate what training Australian Border Force officials have been given since the agency was established in July this year and whether their legal...

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Unions set sights on Jeremy Stoljar, counsel assisting royal commision

Jeremy Stoljar SC, counsel assisting the Royal Commission

Lisa Cox The Australian Council of Trade Unions has shifted its attention to the counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions and what role he played in the Dyson Heydon controversy.

Why the spotlight is on trade unions royal commission chief Dyson Heydon

Dyson Heydon is due to decide on his future as royal commissioner on Monday.

Lisa Cox Why is the spotlight on Dyson Heydon?

The trade unions royal commission should go on with Dyson Heydon: Tony Abbott

Dyson Heydon.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he does not believe Dyson Heydon should stand down as the head of the royal commission into trade unions.

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Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne back Joe Hockey on right to push for a republic

 Treasurer Joe Hockey

Lisa Cox Two senior ministers have backed Treasurer Joe Hockey’s decision to lead a parliamentary group that will revive debate about an Australian republic.

Tony Abbott won't weigh in on Dyson Heydon's future as royal commissioner

Dyson Heydon outside the royal commission last week.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declined to say whether the government had begun canvassing for a new royal commission chief to replace Dyson Heydon, but has insisted the inquiry "will go on".

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Don't expect a republic 'any time soon': Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia is not likely to become a republic any time soon, with his government having "bigger things" on its mind than Australia's head of state.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's verbal gymnastics over Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government has bigger things on its mind than Australia's head of state.

Lisa Cox Was it an uncomfortable question or a case of verbal gymnastics?

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Tony Abbott brushes aside questions on whether his office pushed for US request for Syria air strikes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott joins the Remote School Attendance Strategy bus to pick up school children for school in Bamaga, during his visit to Cape York on Wednesday.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government expects to make a decision next week on whether to join air strikes in Syria as he brushed aside questions on whether his office pushed for a request...

Tony Abbott says 'don't hyperventilate' over sharemarket losses

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during the memorial service commemorating contribution to the Australian Defence Force by the people of the Torres Strait, at Anzac Park on Thursday Island.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says "it's important that people don't hyperventilate" after the Australian sharemarket suffered its worst day on Monday since the global financial crisis.

Pauline Hanson's 'kiss of death' for Scott Morrison

Mr Morrison has been touted as a future leader but is Ms Hanson's endorsement the

Lisa Cox In what has been described as the "kiss of death", Pauline Hanson has named the MP she thinks should become prime minister - Scott Morrison.

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Q&A: Malcolm Turnbull phones ABC boss Mark Scott to complain about crude Tony Abbott tweet

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is the preferred Liberal Party leader.

Lisa Cox The ABC has apologised to Prime Minister Tony Abbott for an offensive tweet that was inadvertently broadcast on Monday night's Q&A program.

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Abbott government hints Adani could be considered for rail funding

Treasurer Joe Hockey:

Lisa Cox Treasurer Joe Hockey has given the strongest hint yet that the government could consider a taxpayer-funded loan for a rail line to Australia's largest proposed coal mine.

Abbott government to decide within weeks whether to join air strikes in Syria

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government will not rush a decision on whether to join air strikes over Syria but the consolidation of a terrorist state in Syria and Iraq "would be a disaster for...