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Nick Xenophon detained in Malaysia

Natalie O'Brien Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has been detained in Malaysia as a ''security threat'' and is to be deported back to Australia within hours.

Nick Xenophon crucial for flood levy

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The government is yet to win crucial support for the passage of its flood levy legislation through the upper house.

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.

Carbon tax going, but don't expect big savings

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Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and cross bench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...

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Taxes, fees, laws: Here's what's changing on July 1

Today is end of the financial year. What will next year bring?

Michael Koziol The new financial year will usher in a suite of changes - here's how they affect you.

Landfills set to pocket millions from carbon tax repeal

Windfall: Landfill operators stand to profit from levies already collected.

Lisa Cox, Tom Arup There’s money in rubbish, big money – $200 million that won’t have to be paid because of the repeal of the carbon tax.

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Canberra looks to get back $40m from Qatar bid

Adrian Proszenko, Heath Aston The Abbott government will consider legal action to recoup more than $40 million wasted on Australia's futile bid to host the 2022 football World Cup, won by oil-rich Qatar on the back of alleged...

Jamie Oliver responds to protest against Woolies levy

Jamie Oliver is aware of the campaign by Australian farmers.

Esther Han Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is aware of the storm of protest surrounding Woolworth's moves to charge farmers for its latest fresh food campaign.

Aussie vegie growers beg Jamie Oliver to stop Woolies fee

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Esther Han Vegetable farmers are pleading with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to intervene in their stoush with Woolworths, which began when the supermarket firm demanded they pay an extra fee to fund a new...

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce slams unions for 'fear-mongering'

Matt O'sullivan James Massola Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has accused unions of ''blatant fearmongering'' for their claims about errors on the airline's aircraft sent for heavy maintenance in Asia over the years.

Western Australia's Senate election: The will or the swill of the people?

Dan Harrison A preference system that can be gamed and an electoral administration that loses ballot boxes.

Direct action could fail even without Palmer United Party

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and DLP Senator John Madigan

Lisa Cox Legislation to implement Tony Abbott’s direct action policy is almost certain to fail in the new Senate in its present form, even if Palmer United Party senators were to vote in favour of the...

Qantas: Cabinet agrees to remove foreign ownership restrictions

Mark Kenny Cabinet met on Monday night to approve plans to remove foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas, as the airline denied its problems derived from the carbon tax.

Abbott bans Malaysian activist from visiting

Social activist Haris Ibrahim (R) arrives at the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on May 29, 2013. Malaysian police on May 28 re-arrested an activist and an opposition politician under the sedition act, their lawyer said, in the latest move to spark tensions following divisive polls early this month. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Lindsay Murdoch Malaysian democracy activist invited to speak at public forums barred, says Australian National University.

West Papuan trio leave consulate in Bali

Canberra Three West Papuan activists who snuck into Australia’s consulate in Bali have been convinced to leave ahead of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit.

Contact lists taken in surveillance swoop

David Wroe, Ben Grubb Australians' email and instant messaging contact lists are being hoovered up by the nation's electronic intelligence agency under a massive surveillance partnership with the US, top secret documents...

Anwar Ibrahim blasts government's 'weak' response to student threats

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says the federal government has failed to address threats made to Malaysian scholarship students or to speak out generally about his country's injustices.

Call for Aussie supermarkets aisles

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Darren Gray Supermarkets should have a designated Australian-only aisle, or aisles, according to a farmer.

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National carrier axes 1000 jobs, considers asset sales

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Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Kenny The Abbott government is holding firm in the face of dire warnings from Qantas that it faces a financial crisis which has already forced it to axe at least 1000 jobs and consider major asset sales.