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.

Gina Rinehart says MRRT scrapping "isn't about making Gina richer"

Gina Rinehart’s $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in WA has reached the halfway point of construction.

Mining magnate joins with resources giants in call to drop mining tax to allow Australia to compete internationally.

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PUP hounds Senate to move offices together as car park row grows

The Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer addresses the media during a doorstop interview at the House of Representatives doors at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014.
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Heath Aston Call it office politics. The Palmer United Party senators are pushing to have their offices relocated to form a PUP enclave in Parliament House.

Saving the environment through the back door

Clive Palmer

, The eventual repeal of the carbon tax on Thursday, after the delay and confusion caused by Clive Palmer and his senators, was a badly needed win for the government.

Abbott axe poised to fall on carbon tax

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox and James Massola The government has edged closer to abolishing Labor's climate change laws with a vote to axe the carbon tax set to happen as soon as Wednesday.

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Carbon tax set for scrap heap as Clive Palmer finalises ETS details

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Lisa Cox, James Massola, Tom Arup The government has edged closer to abolishing Labor's climate change laws with a vote to axe the carbon tax to happen as soon as Wednesday.

Labor ruse sees FoFA regulations tabled in the Senate

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Gareth Hutchens The federal government will be forced to face a crucial vote on its watering down of Labor's financial advice reforms next week after Labor succeeded - via a ruse - in tabling them in the Senate.

Clive Palmer about-turn sends carbon tax repeal back to the House

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Mark Kenny Clive Palmer's insistence on harsh penalties for companies caught withholding price cuts after the abolition of the carbon tax, has fuelled the impression that the Abbott government is being dictated...

Liberal frontbenchers sour on Joe Hockey after threat to order spending cuts

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Mark Kenny, James Massola Joe Hockey's threat to bypass the Senate by ordering spending cuts outside of parliamentary approval has touched off a new Labor scare campaign and sparked concerns within the government over the...

Senate inquiry to investigate explosive federal police bribery claims over wheat board oil-for-food scandal

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Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie A Senate inquiry will examine a veteran federal police officer's explosive claim that he was offered a promotion in return for shutting down the AFP investigation into the Australian Wheat Board...

CBA fallout widens as government mulls compo

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Adele Ferguson, Ben Butler The Abbott government has put intense pressure on Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev to make a more ''considered'' public response to the bank's financial planning scandal, possibly...

David Leyonhjelm: Trouble shooter

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Deborah Snow A pro-gun libertarian, senator-elect David Leyonhjelm is about to have a critical say in Australia's future direction.

Milne snub to Palmer has greens on edge

Mark Kenny Simmering tensions in the conservation community over the Greens' response to Abbott government environment policies are threatening to fracture the party's support base.

CBA financial planning scandal: Senator David Bushby was missing at crucial hearing

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Ben Butler, Adele Ferguson The Liberal senator, whose dissenting report the federal government is relying on to hose down calls for a royal commission on Commonwealth Bank, did not turn up to a crucial hearing at which victims...

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Families lose up to $3500 a year in end of mine, carbon taxes

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Mark Kenny Projected annual savings in electricity costs of $550 per household from scrapping the carbon tax may be dwarfed by the withdrawal of up to $3500 per household in other government payments linked to...

Hey mum, can I have the keys to the house?

uni fees protest

John Elder Our economy, and the way we live, is in a state of flux, with the winners being those who managed to stick to the Australian Dream's script and pay off their homes and put some money aside, and the...

Anti-corruption chief asks Bishop to support O'Neill investigation

Peter O'Neill.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker The sacked anti-corruption chief seeking to arrest Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill over graft allegations has called on Australia to demand he respect and restore rule of law or risk...

Banking expansion into Asia needs trade deal, says Robb

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Peter Martin Secret international financial services negotiations will open up new opportunities for Australian businesses in Asia, according to the government, but the opposition has raised concern about the...