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Lisa Cox

Lisa Cox is a national political reporter covering breaking news and the environment. Most recently Lisa covered the ACT Legislative Assembly for The Canberra Times.

What's in a target? Australia warned not to 'cook the books' on emissions cuts

Adam Morton and Lisa Cox The Australian government is changing how it expresses climate change targets in way that could make it appear to the public as though it is cutting greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly than it is.

Australia 'at risk of failing' biggest climate test in a decade say climate groups, as government releases Paris discussion paper

 Environment Minister Greg Hunt says Australia is committed to action on climate change

Lisa Cox The Abbott government says it will be a constructive player in global climate talks but environment groups have warned it is laying out a path that puts Australia at risk of failing the most...

Ian Macfarlane confident he can secure crossbench deal on renewable energy target

Ian Macfarlane, Australia's industry minister, speaks during the International Mining and Resources conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. The conference runs until Sept. 26. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ian Macfarlane

Lisa Cox Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane believes he does not need Labor to pass major reductions to Australia's renewable energy target and can secure a deal with the crossbench.

Federal government commits to global accord on climate

Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 26 March 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Peter Hartcher and Lisa Cox The Abbott government has committed Australia to joining the next big global climate pact.

Malcolm Fraser death: national leader and proud family man remembered at state funeral service

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Lisa Cox Malcolm Fraser's granddaughter has revealed intimate details of the former PM's life away from politics.

Power sector to get special treatment under Direct Action

Hazelwood: Australia's most emissions-intensive major power plant.

Peter Hannam and Lisa Cox The Abbott government has proposed a major concession to the heavy-polluting electricity industry in its Direct Action climate change policy by exempting individual companies from caps on emissions.

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Native title battle shaping up over Adani coal mine

Lisa Cox Indigenous land holders are mounting a challenge to Australia's largest coal project and are calling on Queensland's Labor government to refuse a mining lease to the Indian company developing it.

Tony Abbott announces new Australian Defence Force chiefs

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Lisa Cox The man who led Operation Sovereign Borders has been confirmed as Australia's next Chief of Army, but has been prevented from speaking to journalists at a press conference about his appointment.

Abbott government resists US moves against coal power

Yallourn coal-fired power plant.

Lisa Cox, Mark Kenny The Abbott government has again put itself on a collision course with US President Barack Obama, this time over government funding for coal-fired power plants.

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Clean energy industry offers to break deadlock on renewable energy target

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Lisa Cox The peak body for the clean energy industry says it is prepared to accept a significant compromise on Australia's renewable energy target if the government agrees to preserve two agencies it planned...

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Germanwings plane crash: Victorian victims of French plane crash identified as Carol and Greig Friday

Tributes at the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium secondary school in Haltern am See, Germany.

Lisa Cox The Victorians killed when flight 4U9525 crashed in France have been identified as Carol Friday and Greg Friday.

'Take it or leave it', government tells renewable energy industry in latest RET talks

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane (pictured) and Environment Minister Greg Hunt say they will look to the crossbench for support on a new renewable energy target if Labor will not agree.

Lisa Cox Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has told the clean energy industry that the government's latest offer on the renewable energy target is a "take it or leave it" position.

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'Luck not design' will enable Australia to meet 2020 emissions targets

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Lisa Cox If Australia meets its 5 per cent emissions reduction target by 2020 it will be by "luck not design" a leading economist has said, as the government published new figures showing the task ahead of...

Taskforce told new climate targets 'must not hamper economic growth'

Lisa Cox The man charged with steering a government taskforce reviewing Australia's climate targets says the Abbott government has made it clear that its recommendations should not hurt the economy or jobs...

Tony Abbott's Nazi taunt backfires, sparking questions over his judgment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott withdraws after describing Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox Tony Abbott's comparison of Bill Shorten to Joseph Goebbels has provoked outrage and again sparked discussions over his judgment and aggressive style in politics.

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Tony Abbott calls Bill Shorten the 'Dr Goebbels of economic policy'

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Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten the "Dr Goebbels of economic policy" before immediately withdrawing the comment.

Norfolk Islanders divided over plan to end self-government

Norfolk Island Chief Minister Lisle Snell.

Lisa Cox Norfolk Island's 1800 residents are divided over a federal government plan to abolish the island's parliament with its chief minister calling for the matter to be put to a referendum.

Tony Abbott defends Christopher Pyne after higher education bill fails

Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his education minister after higher education reforms were defeated in the Senate on Tuesday night for the second time in three months.

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Adani's environmental track record to be challenged in Federal Court

Abbot Point coal terminal.

Lisa Cox Environmental violations in India by mining giant Adani will be the subject of a Federal Court case challenging the company's development of Australia's largest coal project.