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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.

Climate Change Authority launches inquiry into emissions trading scheme

Lisa Cox The Abbott government will appoint four new board members to the Climate Change Authority as the authority prepares to undertake an 18-month inquiry into the effectiveness of emissions trading.

Sydney siege: Tony Abbott urges Australians to 'go about business as usual'

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Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Australians to "go about their business as usual" as authorities respond to a siege in Sydney's Martin Place.

Martin Place siege: Tony Abbott convenes National Security Committee

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe and Lisa Cox Australia's National Security Committee has met to discuss what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared a "deeply concerning incident" in Sydney's Martin Place.

Joe Hockey confirms bigger budget deficit; admits Coalition failures in communicating policies

Treasurer Joe Hockey: Mistakes have been made in government's conversation with Australians.

Lisa Cox Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed the government will reveal a larger deficit when it hands down its mid year budget update next week, as well as a longer delay in returning the country's finances...

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Julie Bishop denies backdown over Green Climate Fund

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop with Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

Lisa Cox, Marcus Priest The Abbott government has denied international pressure forced its decision to commit $200 million to a global climate fund it had previously said it could not support.

Change of heart: Abbott government commits $200m to Green Climate Fund

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded the government's planned $7 GP fee  will have little hope of passing the Senate.

Lisa Cox The Abbott government has bowed to international pressure and will commit to a global fund to help developing nations deal with climate change.

Clean energy industry urges Labor to resume RET talks

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Lisa Cox Clean energy companies are urging Labor to resume talks with the government over Australia's renewable energy target to try to break an impasse they say is crippling the industry.

Abbott government dumps proposed $7 GP co-payment

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has conceded the government's planned $7 GP fee  will have little hope of passing the Senate.

Lisa Cox The federal government has dumped its plan to charge patients a $7 fee to see a doctor, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced.

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Energy adviser Steven Chu faults Australia's climate change policy

Still hazy about carbon emissions plans? You're not alone.

Lisa Cox A former energy adviser to US President Barack Obama has described the direction of Australian climate policy as "unfortunate", particularly for the economy.

Greens push for national reform of donations laws

Eye on donations sought.

Lisa Cox Spotlight on donations from property developers, the minerals industry and tobacco, liquor and gambling companies in move from Greens

Clive Palmer reprimands journalists at National Press Club

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer at the National Press Club on Monday.

Lisa Cox Clive Palmer has reprimanded a group of journalists after they attempted to ask questions about a Supreme Court case in Queensland into his dealings with his Chinese business partners.

Julie Bishop's calls for nuclear power debate welcomed

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says it is an

Lisa Cox, Latika Bourke Calls for fresh talks about nuclear power have had a warmer response than expected, with economists and even a Labor MP taking up Julie Bishop's offer for a "sensible debate" about all potential...

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Conservative commentators Bolt, Jones and Albrechtsen turn on Abbott

Failing the pub test? Tony Abbott with Alan Jones in 2011.

Lisa Cox Conservative commentators appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with the Abbott government, as it struggles to present a coherent message leading into the final parliamentary sitting week for...

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Speaker Bronwyn Bishop ejects 18 MPs, breaking the question time record

Speaker Brownwyn Bishop in question time on Thursday.

Lisa Cox Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has broken the all-time record for the number of MPs ejected from Parliament in one day, leading to Labor again questioning her impartiality.

Confusion over $7 GP fee deepens as Joe Hockey contradicts PM's office

Joe Hockey

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox Treasurer Joe Hockey has added to the confusion surrounding the federal government's proposed $7 GP fee declaring it remains alive even after the Prime Minister's office had briefed several...

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Government sends mixed messages over future of $7 GP co-payment

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Lisa Cox Confusion reigns over the future of the unpopular GP co-payment amid suggestions it will be shelved or that the government could seek to bypass a hostile Senate to introduce some version of the...

Ten ways 'Captain Tony Abbott' can clear the decks for 2015

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Lisa Cox and Fergus Hunter Tony Abbott has told nervous Coalition MPs he plans to knock "one or two barnacles off the ship" before Christmas, triggering speculation he is shaping to abandon one or more of his government's...

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Malcolm Turnbull contradicts Tony Abbott, admitting cuts to ABC

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Lisa Cox and Latika Bourke Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has done what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to do, admitting the government's cuts to the ABC and SBS are a broken promise.

Malcolm Turnbull contradicts Tony Abbott on ABC broken promise

Lisa Cox and Latika Bourke Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has done what Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to do, admitting the government's cuts to the ABC and SBS are a broken promise.

Liberal Party faces dilemma as same-sex marriage bill arrives in Senate

Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm

Lisa Cox and Judith Ireland Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm is poised to introduce his long-awaited same-sex marriage bill to the Senate, in a move that will increase the pressure on the Liberal Party to allow its MPs a...

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