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Michael Koziol is a political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Georgina Downer novelty cheque prompts auditor to review entire grants program

Georgina Downer novelty cheque prompts auditor to review entire grants program

The Liberal candidate was criticised for presenting a taxpayer-funded grant using a cheque bearing her name and face.

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Labor MP Michael Danby charged taxpayers $10,000 to inspect gas plant with his wife
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Labor MP Michael Danby charged taxpayers $10,000 to inspect gas plant with his wife

The retiring MP was one of eight Labor parliamentarians who spent $27,000 to inspect an LNG facility in northern Australia.

  • by Michael Koziol and Nigel Gladstone
Meet Duncan Spender, poised to become one of Australia's shortest-serving senators

Meet Duncan Spender, poised to become one of Australia's shortest-serving senators

Liberal Democrat senator Duncan Spender will likely sit in the chamber for just three days when he is sworn in next Tuesday.

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Scott Morrison gives his account of 'anti-Islam' meeting in tense television interview

Scott Morrison gives his account of 'anti-Islam' meeting in tense television interview

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vehemently denied ever suggesting anti-Muslim sentiment should be exploited for votes.

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Fraser Anning spent most taxpayers' money on family travel last year
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Fraser Anning spent most taxpayers' money on family travel last year

The far-right Queensland senator charged taxpayers nearly $35,000 to fly his family around the country - more than any other MP.

  • by Nigel Gladstone and Michael Koziol
Morrison government faces first test under new refugee medical transfer laws

Morrison government faces first test under new refugee medical transfer laws

Lawyers are in the final stages of preparing applications for transfers that will test Scott Morrison's resolve on medical transfers.

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'She's quite remarkable': Penny Wong awarded major prize for political leadership

'She's quite remarkable': Penny Wong awarded major prize for political leadership

Penny Wong was chosen for her measured and civil contributions to foreign affairs debates, as well as her advocacy on tolerance and equality.

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Australian Muslim leader Sheikh Shady refused entry to New Zealand following mosque massacre
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Australian Muslim leader Sheikh Shady refused entry to New Zealand following mosque massacre

New Zealand lifted the ban within 24 hours after Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman raised concerns with the Australian government.

  • by Michael Koziol and Mark Solomons
Tony Abbott backs away from infamous 'Islamophobia hasn't killed anyone' remark
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Tony Abbott backs away from infamous 'Islamophobia hasn't killed anyone' remark

"I wouldn't repeat now what I said in an interview then because even if it might have been correct then it's certainly not right today."

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More than a million people want Fraser Anning thrown out of Parliament. Here's why he won't be
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More than a million people want Fraser Anning thrown out of Parliament. Here's why he won't be

The Queensland senator faces calls for his removal over his comments on the shootings in Christchurch. So can he be removed?

  • by Michael Koziol
'It's a disgrace': Peter Dutton says the Greens are as bad as Fraser Anning on massacre

'It's a disgrace': Peter Dutton says the Greens are as bad as Fraser Anning on massacre

Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi accused Peter Dutton of incubating the hatred of Muslims in Australia.

  • by Michael Koziol