Federal Politics

Voters, chosen parties at odds on key issues

Voters on both sides of politics supported action to save the Great Barrier Reef.

Supporters on both sides of politics are at odds with their parties on some key issues including the environment, asylum-seekers and counter-terrorism legislation, Fairfax Media's YourVote compass has revealed.

PM warns on 'fragile' global economy

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison discuss the Brexit in Sydney on Saturday.

The "fragile" global economic recovery has taken a major hit from the shock Brexit result, Malcolm Turnbull has said, even as he sought to reassure Australians that a re-elected Coalition can weather gathering waves of instability.

Economists back Labor cuts

Illustration: Kerrie Leishman.

If Australia's leading economists were deciding the election they would vote for Labor's cuts to negative gearing.

Climate as important as the deficit

Some economists say making better use of renewable energy is a priority for the future.

Dealing with climate change will be as important a challenge for the next Australian government as dealing with the deficit according to the BusinessDay Economic Survey.

Labor refers Gambaro, Evans to police

Labor had referred Teresa Gambaro to the Australian Federal Police.

The Labor Party has referred outgoing Liberal National MP Teresa Gambaro to the Australian Federal Police over revelations about the selection of her electorate office.

Turnbull urges Brexit calm as markets plunge

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Launceston.

The global jolt caused by Britain's vote to leave the European Union has redrawn battlelines in Australia ahead of the final week of the federal election campaign, catapulting concerns over global disruption and economic stability to the forefront of the agenda.

Brexit will hurt Australia, warn experts

Brexit is a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin, experts warn.

Defence and foreign affairs experts have reacted with dismay to the shock Brexit vote, warning it will lead to a more fragmented West and make the world a less secure place.

Lawyers call for women barrister target

Former president of the Victorian Bar Association Fiona McLeod, SC, says the bar is among the worst professions for ...

Australia's peak lawyers' group is calling on government and company lawyers to raise the number of women barristers they brief to represent them in court to narrow the gender gap at the bar.

Exposed: FOI documents reveal truth about Gambaro's links to donor

Teresa Gambaro 5 Kyabra Street, Newstead

Outgoing Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro went against departmental advice when she selected a new electorate office that was considered too expensive, poorly positioned and had insufficient disability access and visitor parking, documents released under Freedom of Information legislation have revealed.

Turnbull takes down Eddie McGuire

Mr Turnbull's plan to cut corporate taxes has been relentlessly attacked by Labor Party leader Bill Shorten as a gift to ...

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire's jokey comments about drowning Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson have elicited a rebuke from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Asia's bright future 'far from certain'

Peter Varghese, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australia's top diplomat has warned that Asia's future as the world's economic powerhouse is much less certain than it was even five years ago as the region's major economies – particularly China – struggle with vital reforms.

Shorten snubs McGuire after ice pool remarks

North Melbourne president and media personality James Brayshaw.

Bill Shorten has snubbed Eddie McGuire as Julie Bishop backed the Collingwood president by calling the focus on his remarks about Caroline Wilson a distraction from "important issues".

Most back naval challenge to China

China is seen as Australia's 'best friend in Asia' by 30 per cent of respondents, but 74 per cent of those polled ...

Three-quarters of Australians believe the country's Navy should follow the United States in challenging Beijing's expanding military activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea by carrying out so called "freedom of navigation" operations, a poll has found.

Labor aims to cut suicides by half within decade

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says suicide is 'a hidden story' in this country.

A Labor government would aim to cut the number of Australians committing suicide by half over the next decade, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said, as he pledged $84 million in new spending to tackle the issue.