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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.

Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm defends smokers, slams tobacco excise increase

Senator David Leyonhjelm

Lisa Cox Liberal Democratic senator David Leyonhjelm has stood up for the rights of smokers, describing increases in tobacco excise as "flagrant theft" from "havers of good times".

PM Abbott flags compensation for families of home insulation victims

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has foreshadowed that the families of four tradesmen who died while working on the home insulation scheme will be compensated.

Joe Hockey says $30b overestimation has left 2013-14 in deficit by $48.5b

Treasurer Joe Hockey and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.

Lisa Cox The final budget deficit for the 2013-14 financial year has come in at $48.5 billion - $30 billion more than forecast, Treasurer Joe Hockey has said.

Andrew Robb goes into bat for Victoria's brown coal

Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

James Massola, Lisa Cox Trade Minister Andrew Robb has leapt to the defence of Victoria's brown coal industry, labelling it a resource that is often demonised by people who oppose growth and development.

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'Nasty incident': Tony Abbott on shooting death of terror suspect in Melbourne

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the shooting death of a terror suspect is a 'nasty incident'.

Latika Bourke, Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Tuesday night's "nasty incident" in which a "known terror suspect" was shot dead by police who the man had stabbed, shows there are people in Australia who are...

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'Bigger threat than terrorism': Barack Obama signals Australia, India and China must improve on climate change

US President Barack Obama said climate change would be the defining issue of the century.

Mark Kenny and Lisa Cox Barack Obama has called on the developed nations such as Australia and developing giants such as India and China to lift their games on cutting emissions - declaring "nobody can stand on the...

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Pressure on Australia to boost targets

Modest climate targets: Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at UN headquarters in New York.

Lisa Cox Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is expected to use her speech to a special world leaders summit on climate change to commit Australia to setting new post-2020 emissions reduction targets in time for a...

Early British settlement 'all bad' for indigenous Australians: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with soldiers in North East Arnhem Land on Thursday.

Lisa Cox The arrival of British settlers in Australia was "all bad" for indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared, as the federal government prepares to set the timeline for a referendum...

Australia can quit coal without adverse effects on economy, says Jeffrey Sachs report

Report architect Professor Jeffrey Sachs, with activist-musician Bono (left).

Lisa Cox Australia can end its reliance on coal while maintaining economic growth and lifestyles on par with today's standards, according to a major report to be handed to world leaders at a special climate...

'The delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift': Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a national security statement to the House.

Lisa Cox Australians have been warned that their freedoms might have to be restricted for the sake of national security, as the government prepares to introduce counter-terrorism laws to crack down on...

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C02 emissions from burning fossil fuels surge to highest level in human history

One of the Three Sisters joins in the climate change debate.

Nicky Phillips and Lisa Cox Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production surged to a record-breaking 36 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, pushing emissions to their highest level in human...

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Julie Bishop rejects UN request to strengthen Australian climate targets

Pushing direct action: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will attend a UN climate change summit next week.

Lisa Cox Australia is refusing to take a plan for deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to a special world leaders climate summit in New York next week, rejecting calls from United Nations Secretary-General...

Greens offer to negotiate on Direct Action to preserve RET

Direct Action offer: Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne at the National Press Club in Canberra.

Lisa Cox The Greens have offered the Abbott government its first chance to pass its direct action climate policy, but only if it agrees to toughen the scheme and preserve Australia's renewable energy target.

PM Tony Abbott may not return to Arnhem land after counter-terrorism briefings

Greens: Iraq deployment increases terror risk (Thumbnail)

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled he may not return to Arnhem Land after he farewells troops headed for the Middle East on Thursday and is briefed on the largest terrorism raids in Australia's...

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Tony Abbott gives top marks to ministers, saying all deserve As or A pluses

Making the grade? The Coalition ministry at their Government House swearing in one year ago.

Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott is reviewing the performance of his front bench and says some of his ministers are "getting As and some are getting A pluses".

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Iraq deployment to cost Australia about $400 million a year

Super Hornets like the ones Australia is set to deploy for use over Iraq.

Gareth Hutchens and Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to deploy 600 military personnel and eight Super Hornets and other planes to the United Arab Emirates will cost Australia at least $400...

Terror risk high: Tony Abbott announces increase in National Terrorism Public Alert System

Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday, with ASIO Director General David Irvine and AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

Latika Bourke and Lisa Cox Australia's terror threat level has been raised from medium to high, meaning a terror attack on home soil is now officially considered "likely".

Fishing interests loom large in Abbott government review of marine parks

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Lisa Cox The Abbott government's overdue review of Australian marine parks has been launched with representatives of the fishing industry dominating advisory panels.

Coal plants blamed for energy oversupply

environment - coal-fired power plant

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Calls are growing for government to help old coal-fired power plants permanently close in a bid to lessen the oversupply of electricity in Australia causing headaches for the energy industry.

Julie Bishop most popular cabinet minister, Joe Hockey least popular with voters: poll

Malcolm Turnbull

Lisa Cox The federal budget appears to have made Joe Hockey the least popular minister in the Abbott government, according to a poll published to coincide with the end of the Coalition's first year in power.

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