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Fergus Hunter is a political reporter for Fairfax Media, based in Parliament House.

'Deeply concerned': Labor wants to tap the brakes on landmark encryption legislation

'Deeply concerned': Labor wants to tap the brakes on landmark encryption legislation

Privacy advocates and tech experts have sounded the alarm over the legislation handing law enforcement new powers.

  • by Fergus Hunter

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James Ricketson's family elated following Australian filmmaker's royal pardon
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James Ricketson's family elated following Australian filmmaker's royal pardon

James Ricketson has left his Phnom Penh jail and will soon be deported to Australia, possibly by Sunday.

  • by Fergus Hunter & Bevan Shields
Peter Dutton narrowly avoids no confidence motion over au pair saga

Peter Dutton narrowly avoids no confidence motion over au pair saga

The Greens and Labor sought to embarrass the Home Affairs Minister after they accused him of misleading Parliament.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Ann Sudmalis and Jenny Macklin given United Nations secondment in New York ahead of retirement

Ann Sudmalis and Jenny Macklin given United Nations secondment in New York ahead of retirement

Sudmalis was offered the role following her explosive claims of "bullying, betrayal and backstabbing".

  • by Fergus Hunter
The government's secret $660 million offer to crossbenchers during company tax cut negotiations
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The government's secret $660 million offer to crossbenchers during company tax cut negotiations

Crossbench senators were offered an increase to welfare payments as part of the government's doomed efforts.

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Scott Morrison announces tough new criminal penalties for food tampering

Scott Morrison announces tough new criminal penalties for food tampering

The Prime Minister said anyone tampering with fruit was a "coward and a grub".

  • by Fergus Hunter, Darren Gray & Fleta Page
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Australia ranks in bottom three rich countries for environmental policies

Australia ranks in bottom three rich countries for environmental policies

High per capita greenhouse gas emissions have contributed to the poor result in a global report.

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Scott Morrison blasts 'stupid games' in Liberal Party following Ann Sudmalis bullying claims

Scott Morrison blasts 'stupid games' in Liberal Party following Ann Sudmalis bullying claims

Ann Sudmalis accused a state Liberal colleague of "bullying, betrayal and backstabbing".

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Liberals warn colleagues: Move against Peter Dutton and you could bring down the government

Liberals warn colleagues: Move against Peter Dutton and you could bring down the government

Ian Macdonald, the longest-serving person in Parliament, said a byelection in Dickson "wouldn’t be easy to win".

  • by Michael Koziol & Fergus Hunter
New stoush as departmental evidence questions Roman Quaedvlieg's claim of third au pair

New stoush as departmental evidence questions Roman Quaedvlieg's claim of third au pair

The new details have emerged as Mr Quaedvlieg's complaint about Peter Dutton is referred to a parliamentary committee.

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Fines or imprisonment for travellers if they do not comply with new police powers at airports

Fines or imprisonment for travellers if they do not comply with new police powers at airports

Police will be able to request ID, eject people from the premises and ban them from flights.

  • by Fergus Hunter