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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.

Carbon tax replacement: direct action expected to pass

Lisa Cox The Abbott government was preparing to ram its direct action legislation through the Senate with the laws to set up the $2.55 billion scheme expected to pass late on Thursday night.

Direct Action: Clive Palmer and crossbenchers reach deal with Greg Hunt


Mark Kenny, Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has left open the possibility of a return to emissions trading in a trade-off for the Palmer United Party's support for his controversial Direct Action climate policy.

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Coalition demands Labor release GST modelling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott in question time.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have demanded the Opposition table old Treasury modelling on a 12.5 per cent GST.

States split over Tony Abbott's plans to reform the Federation, tax system

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says tax arrangements between the states can change without small states being worse off.

James Massola, Lisa Cox, Henrietta Cook State premiers are split over Prime Minister Tony Abbott's plans to reform the Commonwealth-State relations, which could includes changes to elements of the tax system including GST.

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Palmer's softer line increases government hopes on direct action climate change policy

Clive Palmer at Parliament House.

Lisa Cox Senior Abbott government members are increasingly confident a deal to pass its direct action climate change policy will be reached before Christmas after Clive Palmer appeared to soften his party's...

Leyonhjelm urges government to confront marriage reform

Seeking equality: Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm.

Lisa Cox Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has lambasted the Abbott government for a lack of political courage to confront marriage reform.

Bill Shorten tells Christian Lobby he supports same-sex marriage

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten: a supporter of gay marriage.

Lisa Cox Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has become the first Australian political leader to confront the Australian Christian Lobby on same-sex marriage, telling them he is a Christian who believes in...

Renewable energy target cut to 'real 20 per cent'

Wind farm

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox Australia's $20 billion alternative energy sector has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the federal government flagged further policy changes to reduce the reliance on wind and solar...

'Real 20%': Abbott government reveals position on renewable energy target


Lisa Cox, Peter Hannam The Abbott government is supporting a scaling back of the renewable energy target which they say will better reflect changes in demand for electricity.

Tony Abbott attacks ANU's 'stupid decision' to dump fossil fuel investments

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has escalated the government's attack on the Australian National University, describing the institution's divestment from certain fossil fuel companies as a "stupid...

Coal is 'good for humanity', says Tony Abbott at mine opening

Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

James Massola, Peter Ker, Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia's coal industry has a "big future, as well as a big past" and predicted it will be the world's principal energy source for decades to come.

Tony Abbott vows to 'shirtfront' Vladimir Putin over MH17 tragedy

Vladimir Putin.

James Massola, Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has escalated the war of words with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, promising to “shirtfront” the Russian President when the pair meet at the G20 summit in...

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Bill Shorten says Putin should show 'conscience' and not come to G20 summit in Australia

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Lisa Cox Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says Vladimir Putin should "show enough conscience" not to come to Australia for next month's G20 summit, accusing the Russian President of "rubbing our faces" in the...

Ukrainian peak body hits out at Putin attendance at G20

Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Tony Abbott during the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting.

Lisa Cox The peak body for Ukrainian-Australians has hit out at the Abbott government for not pushing harder to ban Russian President Vladimir Putin from attending next month's G20 summit in Brisbane.

Tony Abbott defends Vladimir Putin's attendance at G20 summit

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended a decision not to ban Russian President Vladimir Putin from attending the G20 summit in Brisbane, saying "it's not Australia's right to say yes or no...

Anthony Albanese breaks ranks on Labor's support for terror laws

Anthony Albanese: criticised terror laws.

Lisa Cox Senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese has spoken out about the Abbott government’s national security laws, attacking a lack of scrutiny of the legislation and restrictions on press freedom.

Russian president Vladimir Putin will come to Australia for G20, Joe Hockey confirms

Lisa Cox Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 summit in Brisbane and has warned the Russian President to expect “a full and frank dialogue” with world leaders.

Businesses want tougher climate action, low carbon economy: survey

Carbon emissions

Lisa Cox Australian businesses want the Abbott government to set tougher emissions reduction targets and fear the country's economy will suffer if it does not move away from fossil-fuel intensive industries,...

Seats held by Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are among least affected by budget: report

Joe Hockey

Lisa Cox, Tom Allard Voters in electorates held by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Treasurer Joe Hockey and senior government ministers Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull will be the least affected by the federal budget by...

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Renewables group defends aluminium exemption from RET

Greg Hunt.

Lisa Cox The peak body for wind and solar power has defended a plan to exempt the aluminium industry from the federal renewable energy target, saying it would come at only a trivial cost to consumers.