Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce is Federal Minister for Agriculture, Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Member for New England.

Barnaby Joyce on Afghanistan

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The Nationals' Senate leader, Barnaby Joyce, voices his misgivings with those calling for a 'debate' on Australia's role in Afghanistan.

Barnaby Joyce warns of threat to resource security

Senator Barnaby Joyce

Michelle Grattan Nationals Senate leader issues warning on ownership of strategic assets by foreign state-owned companies.

Woolies cancels buyers meeting with AusVeg farmers

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Esther Han Woolworths has cancelled a ''critically important'' meeting between Australian farmers and 40 international buyers, the growers' peak body claims, in retaliation for their public protest against...

Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service

Heath Aston, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.

Hockey calls end to 'age of entitlement'

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Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has bluntly warned Australians that the days of governments saving businesses and jobs had passed, telling them, ''the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal...

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Farmers seek long-term support as $320 million drought relief package unveiled

Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Hundreds of drought-battered farmers will be able to access discount loans of up to $1 million within a week - but the farming sector says it will push for more ''long-term'' financial support.

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald poses with a stuffed fish,

Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.

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.

Joyce billed public for NRL games

Barnaby Joyce during a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce billed taxpayers nearly $5000 for ''official business'' travel while attending rugby league games, as senior ministers hint it is inevitable the Abbott government...

New video of Australian animals being mistreated in Mauritius alarms activists

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Lara O'Toole, Amanda Hoh Graphic footage of Australian bulls being mishandled in Mauritius has alarmed animal cruelty activists and renewed calls for tougher penalties on exporters.

Tony Abbott dismisses 'obsessive' slur on chief of staff Peta Credlin

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Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.

It's still a low-inflation climate, despite the carbon tax

Peter Martin Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said its impact on the cost of living would be ''almost unimaginable''. Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey said it would ''drive up the price of everything''.

Food-labelling bill puts Greens in hot water

New Greens leader Senator Christine Milne.

Richard Willingham Legislation would define country of origin labelling to reflect where raw produce originated.

Abbott swoops to push discipline

Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott.

Chris Johnson Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has delivered a clear message to his frontbench that he will no longer tolerate ill-discipline, after forcing his parliamentary secretary Cory Bernardi's resignation for...

All the little extras in an MP's grab-bag

Conroy and Swan.

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Cubbie House harmony

FRONTBENCHER Christopher Pyne has declared the federal opposition ''obviously'' supports foreign investment after Treasurer Wayne Swan approved the sale of Australia's largest cotton grower, Cubbie...

Opposition divided over station sale

Cotton station.

Phillip Coorey THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, branded the Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce xenophobic as a brawl erupted within the federal opposition over the approval for a Chinese-led consortium to buy the giant...

Hockey fired up as Coalition split widens over sale of Cubbie Station

Phillip Coorey THE split within the federal Coalition over foreign investment has worsened with more Nationals protesting against the approved acquisition of Cubbie Station by a Chinese-led consortium, despite...