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Australia to question Brunei over stoning laws before trade talks

Ben Doherty The Australian government will question Brunei over its new criminal law regime – whose punishments include limb amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery or homosexuality –...

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...

Australia-Japan agreement: Tariffs come down with historic deal

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent, Tokyo Prime Minister Tony Abbott has secured a historic trade deal with Japan worth billions of dollars over the next 20 years, unlocking the previously impenetrable Japanese domestic market for Australian...

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Australia is attracting a wealthier, more adventurous tourist from China

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Jamie Freed The Chinese tourist is wealthier and more independent than ever before - and Australia's most lucrative guest.

Australia 'stumbling block' on tobacco law

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Peter Martin Australia has been accused of failing to defend its historic plain packaging tobacco legislation, with one report from Singapore talks describing Australia as a ‘‘constant stumbling block’’ to other...

Korean cars set to become cheaper under trade agreement

Mark Kenny Cheaper Hyundai cars among upsides for consumers from Korea-Australia free trade talks.

Japan has incentive to obey court's whaling verdict

Daniel Flitton Experts and animal rights activists are confident Japan will stop whaling should an international court rule the nation's ''scientific'' whale hunt is illegal.

Car industry's $100m rescue fund stalls

Mark Hawthorne, James Massola A $100 million salvage package for redundant car industry workers is underfunded and in disarray, more than a month after Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to announce the details of an assistance...

International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.

Australia's relations with Indonesia will not be normalised for some time, say government insiders

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Mark Kenny, Michael Bachelard, Heath Aston Relations between Canberra and Jakarta appear to be improving thanks to the letter Prime Minister Tony Abbott had hand-delivered at the weekend, but a senior government source said it would be some...

Secrecy surrounds Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

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Peter Martin The government has refused to give the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore.

Leaked memo reveals 'weakness' in Trans-Pacific Partnership delegation's trade stance

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Peter Martin Australia is in the box seat to crack the US sugar market, leaked trade documents show. But, in return, it may have to allow US companies to sue Australian governments in international tribunals, a...

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Surplus is gone, economists say

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Ross Peake The Gillard government will not achieve its much-hyped budget surplus this financial year, according to a withering analysis to be published on Monday by Canberra's respected Deloitte Access...

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Cost of gender gap put at $195b

Dominique Fisher, who has set up an online website for women to help their careers.

Adele Ferguson Australia is missing out on $195 billion or 13 per cent of GDP by failing to close the workforce gender gap, says the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, Tim Toohey.

Gender gap costs country $195b, says economist

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Adele Ferguson Australia is missing out on $195 billion or 13 per cent of gross domestic product by failing to close the gender gap, chief economist at Goldman Sachs Tim Toohey said.

Party room to ask hard questions on leave scheme

Tony Abbott

Michael Gordon and Daniel Hurst Tony Abbott will be asked to defend, discard or modify his promised generous paid parental leave scheme in the Coalition party room next week, amid growing internal concerns that it is no longer...

The need for speed

NBN - fibre optics

Lucy Battersby The two major parties are at odds over how much the country should spend to get better broadband connection. Underneath all the bluster, are their proposals so different?

Church lobby in win over charities watchdog

Cardinal George Pell appearing at the child sex abuse  inquiry.

Royce Millar Tony Abbott intends to abolish body monitoring the billions received by charities each year.

Coalition vows it will wield razor to find disability funds

Disability

Phillip Coorey THE federal Coalition says it will find the $8 billion-a-year extra needed to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme by slashing spending, while Labor says it wants the states to contribute.

Robb commits to disability scheme

Chris Johnson A Coalition government would go ahead with Labor's National Disability Insurance Scheme and deliver it on schedule, according to shadow finance minister Andrew Robb.