Federal Politics

Just one electorate opposed to same-sex marriage

Families opposed to a plebiscite on same-sex marriage rally outside Parliament earlier this month.

Just one electorate in the country has a majority of voters opposed to same-sex marriage, according to research that suggests MPs and public debate are significantly trailing voters in backing change.

Families to save hundreds of dollars under PBS changes

Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley addresses the media about a new round of medicine price drops which will take ...

Australians will save hundreds of dollars a year on more affordable medicines from October 1. A person with diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and gastric reflux would, for example, save $35 a month and $410 a year, for example.

Plebiscite hate speech fears overblown: Hanson

Senator Pauline Hanson at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 13 September 2016. Photo: Andrew Meares

Pauline Hanson says she would be prepared to put aside her personal opposition to same-sex marriage and vote for it in the Senate - but only if the Australian people vote in favour of it at a plebiscite.

Liberals behind same-sex marriage misinformation campaign

"Trying to connect marriage equality with the Safe Schools program is factually incorrect," said Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's promise of a "civil" debate over same-sex marriage is unravelling, with a group behind an anti-equality smear sheet distributed in suburban Sydney revealed as members of the Liberal Party.

Disgraced former MP's 'money for jobs' scheme

Craig Thomson leaving the County Court. 24th February 2015

Disgraced former federal MP Craig Thomson is quietly running a migrant worker placement business from his home on the NSW central coast, raising questions about possible loopholes in sponsored migration schemes.

Blame all around as Bureau deflects Census 2016 criticism

A screen grab from the census video.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has blamed the media for the failure of its census hotline and blamed an overseas denial of service attack for the failure of its census website in a strongly worded submission to a Senate inquiry that also attempts to deflect blame for the overwhelming of its website on its contractor IBM.

Labor links Peter Dutton to high anti-Muslim sentiment

Labor's Richard Marles: "We have got to see leadership from our government."

Labor frontbencher Richard Marles has linked a recent poll showing strong support for a ban on Muslim immigration with the conduct of Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, who this year said refugees "would be taking Australian jobs" and "languish in unemployment queues".

Help me out, run up more debt, says RBA boss

New Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe wants major investment by government in infrastructure.

Incoming Reserve Bank chief Philip Lowe has appealed to the Turnbull government to help him out with economic management by borrowing big for infrastructure, saying there's only so much further cuts in interest rates can do.