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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.

Dick Warburton report recommends Tony Abbott slash renewable energy target

Treasurer Joe Hockey, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrive for Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 27 August 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has been given cover to break an election promise not to touch Australia’s renewable energy target after his hand-picked review panel recommended the scheme be dramatically cut back.

Costs of Australia's renewable energy target 'not justifiable': review

The review calls on the government to find lower cost alternatives for reducing carbon emissions.

Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has been given cover to break an election promise not to touch Australia's renewable energy target after his hand-picked review panel recommended the scheme be dramatically cut back.

Australia in 'high state of readiness' to support US in Iraq: Defence Minister David Johnston

Defence Minister David Johnston’s panel has come under fire.

Latika Bourke, Lisa Cox Australia is a at "high state of readiness" to assist the United States with further airstrikes targeting Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Defence Minister David Johnston says.

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Clean energy industry calls for inquiry into renewable energy target review

The clean energy industry has warned moves to abolish the target threaten more than $10 billion in investment and 5000 jobs.

Lisa Cox Clean energy operators call for inquiry into the government's RET review

Tony Abbott announces new counterterrorism units for major Australian airports

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the new units during question time on Wednesday.

Lisa Cox, David Wroe Abbott government announces new border force units for international airports, with one 'person of interest' already intercepted.

Tony Abbott announces MH17 memorial at Parliament House

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in question time on Tuesday.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces a memorial to MH17 victims in the gardens of Parliament House.

Nick Xenophon's direct action amendments could help government meet emissions target: study

Talks: Nick Xenophon.

Lisa Cox The Abbott government could reach Australia's five per cent emissions reduction target by 2020 if it adopts changes to its Direct Action policy proposed by Independent senator Nick Xenophon,...

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Finance Minister Mathias Cormann refuses to rule out tax increases

Finance minister Mathias Cormann refused to rule out tax increases if the budget measures weren't passed.

James Massola and Lisa Cox Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has warned that if the government's proposed budget spending cuts are not passed than "the only alternative to balance the books is to increase taxes".

Voters don't want another election: Tony Abbott hoses down claims of a poor budget sales job

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to hose down claims the government had done a poor job of selling its budget.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the last thing voters want is another election as he tried to hose down more commentary that his government has done a poor job of selling its budget.

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Clive Palmer tones down conditions for emissions trading scheme

Softened conditions for ETS launch: Clive Palmer.

Lisa Cox and Tom Arup Clive Palmer has softened the conditions under which his proposed emissions trading scheme would be launched, in an attempt to attract more political support for a new price on carbon.

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Muslim community leaders 'petty' to boycott talks: Tony Abbott


Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Muslim community leaders who “foolishly boycotted” talks with the government in Sydney and Melbourne this week for being “self-evidently...

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Tony Abbott signals compromise on $7 co-payment as crossbench takes Treasurer to task

Nick Xenophon during the carbon tax repeal debate.

James Massola, Lisa Cox The federal government has been taken to task by key crossbench senators for a confused budget sales job, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott signalled a compromise deal on the $7 GP co-payment could be in...

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GP fee will pass: Tony Abbott stands firm on contentious budget measure

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Lisa Cox, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott is standing firm on introducing a fee for visits to the doctor, saying that he expects the measure will pass the parliament.

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Asylum seeker children to stay under lock and key offshore despite plan to release those in mainland detention

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Lisa Cox Hundreds of children will remain in offshore detention centres on Nauru and Christmas Island despite the government announcing a plan to release children in mainland detention into the community.

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Clive Palmer vows to block RET changes as industry fears worst

Gloom sets in for renewable energy sector.

Lisa Cox and Peter Hannam Clive Palmer has vowed to block any move by the Abbott government to weaken or abolish Australia’s renewable energy target (RET) during this parliament.

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Wayne Swan blames government woes on contradictions at heart of budget

Former treasurer Wayne Swan

Lisa Cox Former treasurer Wayne Swan has defended his economic legacy and has attacked the Abbott government for blaming the unpopularity of its budget measures on a poor sales pitch.

'You don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team': Tony Abbott renews push on national security laws


Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has elaborated on his "Team Australia" remarks, telling a radio interview that "you don't migrate to this country unless you want to join our team".

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Renewable energy target to stay, says Mathias Cormann

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Lisa Cox The government has moved to hose down speculation that it will scrap the renewable energy target saying it remains committed to the policy.

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'I wouldn't say that': Tony Abbott refuses to back Joe Hockey over poor don't drive comments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to back comment by his Treasurer Joe Hockey that the poor "don't have cars or actually drive don't drive very far".

Like Monty Python's dead parrot: Nick Xenophon declares paid parental leave scheme gone

Xenophon: saving the government from itself (Thumbnail)

Lisa Cox Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon has used a famous Monty Python sketch to describe the state of the Abbott government's paid parental leave scheme.