Politics Live: July 15, 2014
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Financial planners will be required to reveal their earnings from customers when Labor and the cross benches combine this week to vote down Tony Abbott's weakened financial planning laws, but the government will finally get its way on the carbon tax.
Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote on the issue in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party's own pollster.
You couldn't say it was easy, and you wouldn't exactly call it fun, unless you're the kind of person who enjoys repeatedly goring yourself with a sharply pointed object.
As sure as night follows day, government defeats in the Senate lead to suggestions of a double dissolution. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has fuelled this by saying that such an election could be held in six to 12 months if the Senate does not fall into line.
The idea that Clive Palmer and his PUPs would be a positive force for good policy has taken a beating. The other senators are worth talking to and negotiating with but I have grave doubts about the government dealing with Palmer. He constantly contradicts himself, revels in creating uncertainty and lives for personal aggrandisement and opposition to the Coalition. The real betrayal of the Australian people is that by his actions, to date, any hope of support from Palmer for economic reforms is fading fast.
The decision by federal public servants to buy 100,000 pairs of army boots overseas will be scrutinised by Defence Minister David Johnston who is "very concerned" over the best value for money for taxpayers.
The Abbott government is preparing for another compromise with the increasingly changeable Clive Palmer - this time to get its trimmed-down financial advice laws through the Parliament.
Labor will bring back the carbon tax if it wins the 2016 election warned the government in question time on Tuesday.
The colourful politician removed his shoes to make a point in question time on Tuesday.