The Greens

Brown ponders the meaning of Liffey, where the Greens began

For the last supper at Liffey tonight, Paul Thomas is planning to cook sausages on the open fire and serve them with salad and Tasmanian beer and bubbly, chilled in water from the stream that runs...

Keating not keen on the Greens

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Paul Keating is not happy with the the alliance between Labor and the Greens.

Don't give preferences to the Greens, says Howard

Phillip Coorey The former prime minister, John Howard, has urged the Liberal Party to avoid doing preference deals with the Greens, even if it puts the Coalition at a tactical disadvantage.

Expert panel warns of supertrawler environmental risks

The Dutch-owned supertrawler Margiris.

Andrew Darby An expert scientific panel has warned of broad environmental risks of a supertrawler in Australia’s small pelagic fishery.

Xenophon and Labor extend olive branch to Cormann

Extending an olive branch: Nick Xenophon

Gareth Hutchens The Labor Party and independent senator Nick Xenophon say they are willing to extend an olive branch to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann after they successfully disallowed his controversial financial...

FOFA law changes: Palmer United Party infighting costs government

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie launches a stinging attack against party leader Clive Palmer.

Mark Kenny and Gareth Hutchens For Jacqui Lambie it has become personal.

Microparties have formed smart alliances

Tim Colebatch It's clear: whoever wins government in the state election will not control the  upper house. The smart alliances of the microparties may have the final say.

Tim Smith transcript

Michael Short Michael Short: The Honourable Tim Smith QC, welcome to The Zone and thank you kindly for your time.

Protecting the public is key to resolving conflict of interest among politicians

Former Supreme Court judge Tim Smith.

Michael Short Today's guest in The Zone is Tim Smith, QC, a former Supreme Court judge and a founder of the Accountability Round Table.

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Coalition puts NSW coal seam gas plan on table

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Nicole Hasham Coal seam gas projects would be considered for Sydney's sensitive drinking water catchments and landholders will have no legal rights to refuse drilling on their land under the state government's...

Right to die: Choosing an end to life

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Julie-Anne Davies The desperation of the dying is something Melbourne woman Catherine Ringwood knows intimately. Much of her adult life has been spent in its company, first as a nurse then later as a counsellor for...

NSW moves to ban Aboriginal land claims over beaches and coastal land labelled racist

Aboriginal flag: The state government's planned changes to crown land laws would prevent Aboriginal land councils from making claims along the coastline.

Saffron Howden The NSW Aboriginal Land Council says there was no consultation with Indigenous groups about the changes and that the government is treating Aboriginal people with "disregard and contempt".

University fee deregulation opposed by most Australians, says Fairfax Ipsos poll

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James Massola and Heath Aston Almost two-thirds of Australians oppose the Abbott Government's move to allow universities to set their own fees amid concern over "$100,000 courses" that would put tertiary education back out of the...

Clive Palmer's spectacular end to climate change saga

Tom Allard and Lisa Cox The Coalition has finally passed its Direct Action climate change policy, thanks to support from Clive Palmer. But will it work?

Senate inquiry into Joe Hockey's state infrastructure billions

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Heath Aston The Senate has set up an inquiry into Treasurer Joe Hockey's plans to hand out billions of dollars to state governments to privatise assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure.

Petrol tax via the backdoor will hit both motorists and servos

Paying at the pumps: The government says money raised from the fuel tax will all be spent on roads.

Mark Kenny and James Massola Both motorists and service stations will feel the cost of the federal government's move to re-start indexation of fuel excise.

Audit team checking tax payments by multinational companies hard hit by department job cuts

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Gareth Hutchens and Georgia Wilkins The Australian Taxation Office says it has now cut over 500 jobs from its crucial auditing team as it tries to meet the federal government's budget cuts.

Compromise on RET target now more likely

Winds of compromise: The government is confident a deal can be reached with Labor on a revised renewable energy target

Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent here is growing optimism in the federal government that a compromise can be reached with Labor on a revised 2020 renewable energy target, even as 100 jobs were shed in a wind turbine company.

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Clean energy jobs and investments are at risk, says industry group

Moving out: NSW could miss out on billions of dollars of investment in clean energy.

Peter Hannam, Mark Kenny NSW stands to lose as much as $2.5 billion in investment in 10 approved wind farms that won't proceed if the federal government achieves its goal of slashing the renewable energy target, an industry...