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WA's volatile jobless numbers fall amid blue over Shorten wages policy

WA's volatile jobless numbers fall amid blue over Shorten wages policy

WA's volatile jobless rate fell from 6.9 to 5.9 per cent in February, amid fears Labor's wages policy will force three quarters of businesses to cut back on staff.

  • by Nathan Hondros

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Potholes ahead for state passengers on Shorten's WA campaign bus
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Analysis

Potholes ahead for state passengers on Shorten's WA campaign bus

Bill Shorten's decision to make Mark McGowan the face of his campaign in WA makes perfect sense for Bill Shorten. But does it make sense for Mark McGowan?

  • by Nathan Hondros
Just don't do it, PM: trading votes with Hanson is playing with fire
Opinion
Opinion

Just don't do it, PM: trading votes with Hanson is playing with fire

One Nation is not just another political party. It is defined by racism, and the Coalition must resist all temptations to preference it ahead of Labor.

  • by David Crowe
Bill Shorten faces call for radical overhaul of private health
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Bill Shorten faces call for radical overhaul of private health

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten faces calls to abolish a multi-billion dollar subsidy to the private health insurance industry, which critics describe as a "privatisation of Medicare" by stealth. 

  • by Dana McCauley
Westacott reads the tea leaves for life under Labor
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Westacott reads the tea leaves for life under Labor

It wouldn’t take Business Council chair Jennifer Westacott more than a cup of Twinings Assam to come to the realisation life at the top of the lobby group for major corporates is likely to become somewhat more difficult if Labor wins come the May election.

  • by Kylar Loussikian and Samantha Hutchinson
Former Liberal leader warns preferencing One Nation cost him seats
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Former Liberal leader warns preferencing One Nation cost him seats

Scott Morrison is being warned against playing “footsie” with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

  • by David Crowe
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Morrison government faces first test under new refugee medical transfer laws
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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.

  • by Michael Koziol
Workers and students pushed to regions in Scott Morrison's 'congestion reduction' bid
Scott Morrison

Workers and students pushed to regions in Scott Morrison's 'congestion reduction' bid

The government intends to cut permanent migration and give overseas students a fresh incentive to study outside the big cities.

  • by David Crowe
Scott Morrison leaves his options open on Hanson preferences
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Scott Morrison leaves his options open on Hanson preferences

The One Nation leader said the Prime Minister "deserves to lose the next election" for his decision.

  • by David Crowe
Agencies on alert after Christchurch terrorism attack
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Agencies on alert after Christchurch terrorism attack

Australian agencies have “swung into action” to protect against domestic attacks that seek to copy the devastating Christchurch massacre amid growing fears of right-wing extremism as well as longstanding Islamist threats.

  • by David Crowe
Stop giving oxygen to 'evil jokers at margins', Shorten says
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Stop giving oxygen to 'evil jokers at margins', Shorten says

Friday’s Christchurch massacre shows it's time to stop giving "oxygen" to "evil jokers at the margins" who perpetrate hate speech, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.

  • by Clay Lucas