Richard Willingham

Richard Willingham

Vics step up Canberra lobbying for budget cash

Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

James Massola, Richard Willingham The Victorian government has stepped up its lobbying of the Abbott government for a significant infrastructure spend in the federal budget.

GST slug not fair to Victoria, says Treasurer Michael O'Brien

Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien.

Richard Willingham and Gareth Hutchens Victoria leaves meeting of nation's treasurers 'massively' disappointed by lack of progress on GST reform and a loss of $286m in additional revenue.

Tony Abbott backs East West Link to make rail 'easier'

Leader of the opposition Tony Abbott visits a cattle export yard at Noonamah south of Darwin.
Photo Glenn Campbell

Richard Willingham Prime Minister Tony Abbott supports improving Melbourne's rail network and says he will help the state build it by funding major road projects including the East West Link.

Mary Wooldridge defeat triggers Liberal infighting

Mary Wooldridge.

James Massola and Richard Willingham Federal Liberal MPs fear the bitter Victorian preselection for Kew could cost the party votes.

Tony Abbott flags federal help for Victoria after recent job losses

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott meets with Victorian Premier Denis Napthine to discuss Victoria's industrial job losses.

Richard Willingham Prime Minister Tony Abbott has indicated his government will provide some assistance to Victoria in the wake of significant job losses.

Alcoa job losses fuel political tension

Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Leader Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine at the Liberal Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre. 25th May 2013. THE  AGE / MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Richard Willingham, James Massola and Josh Gordon Tensions have flared between the Abbott and Napthine governments over how to handle a manufacturing and jobs crisis in Victoria exacerbated by Alcoa announcing it would shut its aluminium smelter in...

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State Labor pledges $30 million to SPC Ardmona

Daniel Andrews.

Richard Willingham James Massola State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has thrown down a challenge to Premier Denis Napthine, pledging $30 million to embattled fruit processor SPC Ardmona if Labor wins November's election.

Re-election for WA Senate would be costly, difficult: High Court justice

High court of australia.

Richard Willingham The justice charged with ruling on the fate of the Western Australian Senate result says he is aware that calling a fresh election will be costly and politically difficult.

Australian Electoral Commission presents case for fresh WA Senate election

Senator Scott Ludlam

Richard Willingham The likelihood of Western Australian voters returning to the polls for a fresh Senate vote should be known soon, with a hearing into last year's ballot underway in Melbourne.

High Court decision on new WA Senate poll could be known as early as next week

Richard Willingham, James Massola The likelihood of a fresh Senate election in Western Australia should become clearer next week when the High Court hears the case to declare last year's ballot void.

Chinese teen ordered to leave in immigration error

Chinese student Gary Mao (Wen Xiang Mao) at his home in Coburg.

Richard Willingham An embarrassing Immigration Department blunder has caused a Melbourne teen and his community anguish after he was wrongly ordered to leave the country.

Outrage over live export trade as 4000 sheep 'cooked alive'


Richard Willingham The live exports industry is again facing a crisis after more than 4000 sheep died during a journey from Australia to the Middle East.

Churches urge MPs not to undo pokie reform

Reverend Tim Costello.

Richard Willingham The Australian Churches Gambling Taskforce has written to all federal MPs before the resumption of Parliament, urging them to ignore vested interest groups and to block the government's plan to...

Disabled Victorians to miss out on disability insurance scheme

Disabled sign

Richard Willingham Up to 900,000 disabled Victorians will not qualify for the national disability insurance scheme and the state government needs to increase funding to the sector to meet growing demand, the peak body...

State slugs pokies, commuters


Richard Willingham Commuters and poker machine punters and venues will be slugged by the Napthine government to help the Coalition rake in more money in the face of declining revenues ahead of next year's state...

Byelection threat to remain hanging over Napthine

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent A court decision involving rebel MP Geoff Shaw is bad news for the government.

Tony Abbott defends silence over asylum seekers off Indonesia

Prime minister Tony Abbott and environment minister Greg Hunt have round table discussion with business leaders. 8th of November 2013  The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Richard Willingham Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his government's release of information regarding border security amid reports of a stand-off with Indonesia over a boatload of asylum seekers off Java.

Corruption fighting powers invalid: QC

Richard Willingham New laws governing the Napthine government's controversial anti-corruption commission and other integrity bodies are constitutionally invalid, the former chief parliamentary counsel in Victoria says.

Clive Palmer's ultimatum over staffing

Clive Palmer from Palmer united with senators Ricky Muir,Jacqui Lambie,Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang.
Press conference at the Sofitel Sydney.
10th of oct 2013
Photo: Jacky Ghossein

David Wroe, Richard Willingham, Daniel Hurst Mining magnate Clive Palmer is threatening to block all the Abbott government’s legislation – even measures he supports such as scrapping the carbon price – unless his party gets more staff and...

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Glenn Lazarus to swap punters for power

Glenn Lazarus , Palmer United candidate

Richard Willingham Rugby league great-turned-politician Glenn Lazarus will not promote betting if he takes office next year.