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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.

Tougher ASIO laws could jail journalists for revealing operations

Duncan Lewis, the new director-general of ASIO, was introduced by Attorney-General George Brandis at Parliament House on Monday.

David Wroe Australia is poised to install some of the toughest penalties in the world for disclosing the identity of an intelligence agent with the first raft of national security reforms set to pass Parliament.

The truth behind the bread wars

Sue Mitchell At the Connole family’s Sonoma bakery outlets, $7 hand-made organic sourdough batards and wholewheat boules are flying off the shelves.

Supabarn's bread price slice undercuts Woolworths in battle for business

Supabarn has bought into the battle for bread buyers.

John Thistleton Woolworths' cheap loaf of bread has prompted a bigger discount from Supabarn.

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Aussies feel tasered by Abbott's year: Xenophon

Nick Xenophon during the carbon tax repeal debate.

Australians feel more tasered than surprised by the Abbott government's first year in power.

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Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

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Children freed as Morrison plans to push for TPVs

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison
will holds a media conference in Sydney.
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25th July 2014
The Sydney Morning Herald

Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty, Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is trying again to restore temporary protection visas after announcing 150 children would be removed from immigration detention centres and placed on bridging...

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight

Tony Abbott.

Latika Bourke Legislation for Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to the parliament this calendar year

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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

David Leyonhjelm

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.

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...

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...

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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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.

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

Australia's senate

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.