A Government backflip means Johnny Zhang can look forward to being reunited with his parents again

A Government backflip means Johnny Zhang can look forward to being reunited with his parents again

Updated May 10, 2018 17:27:11 Photo: Chinese migrant Johnny Zhang loves his Australian life, but wants to be able to look after his parents. (ABC News: Margaret Burin) Migrants to Australia are breathing a sigh of relief after the Turnbull Government announced it will reverse a decision that would have …

Bill Shorten offers bigger tax break than Government in budget reply

Bill Shorten offers bigger tax break than Government in budget reply

Updated May 10, 2018 20:02:53 Related Story: Find out if you’re a winner or a loser in this year’s budget Related Story: Tax cut wars! Surgeon vs nurse, solicitor vs social worker, chippy vs GP Federal Labor has used its budget reply to offer a bigger tax break than the …

Victorian domestic violence reforms: Government told to focus on long-term changes

Victorian domestic violence reforms: Government told to focus on long-term changes

Posted May 10, 2018 17:31:05 Photo: Family violence survivors need to be consulted more, Tim Cartwright says. (ABC News) Tackling family violence in Victoria needs to be more about long-term systemic reforms rather than ticking off recommendations from the royal commission, the man charged with monitoring progress has told the …

Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won’t hear it

Drug testing dole recipients will only make addiction worse, but the government won’t hear it

By Toby Hall Posted May 10, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: The government is proposing to trial drug testing of new income support recipients. (Jonathan Beal: ABC) Fifty-two. That’s how many submissions were made to the Senate inquiry into the Government’s drug testing bill for welfare recipients, which handed down its findings …

War hero gets fire-ravaged medal reissued by France after State Government steps in

War hero gets fire-ravaged medal reissued by France after State Government steps in

Updated May 09, 2018 18:03:04 Photo: Bob Jackson receives his replacement Legion of Honour from French Consul Lady Jane Edwards. (ABC News: Ari Balle-Bowness) A decorated World War II veteran whose Brisbane home was destroyed by fire has been presented with France’s highest honour from his hospital ward. Photo: Firefighters …

NSW Government reviews Confucius Classrooms program amid ‘propaganda’ concerns

NSW Government reviews Confucius Classrooms program amid ‘propaganda’ concerns

Updated May 08, 2018 18:40:55 Photo: One mother has avoided enrolling her daughter at a school because of the program. (ABC News: Jonathan Beal) The New South Wales Government is reviewing a controversial Chinese Government-sponsored program to teach Mandarin in schools, amid claims it could expose children to propaganda. Teaching …

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Updated May 07, 2018 18:58:47 The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact, easing concerns it was about to crumble without political support. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) wants to return less water to the environment in the southern basin, saying …

Federal Government to unveil tax cuts worth $10 a week for low and middle-income earners – Budget 2018

Federal Government to unveil tax cuts worth $10 a week for low and middle-income earners – Budget 2018

Updated May 07, 2018 19:40:36 Low and middle-income earners will get tax cuts worth up to $10.50 a week in tomorrow’s budget. The ABC understands that while the measure will start on July 1, the tax break will come in the form of a bigger end-of-year tax rebate. The tax …

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Federal Government and Labor strike deal on future of Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Posted May 07, 2018 17:56:14 Photo: Nationals MP David Littleproud has praised the NSW government’s action. (ABC News: Jed Cooper) The Federal Government has struck a deal with Labor to ensure the Murray-Darling Basin Plan remains intact. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) wants to return less water to the environment …

Chart of the day: Here’s what voters want the Government to focus on

Chart of the day: Here’s what voters want the Government to focus on

Posted May 07, 2018 10:39:24 In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s budget week — and there has already been no end of speculation about whether Treasurer Scott Morrison is or isn’t Santa Claus. But what do voters really want? Both Labor and Coalition voters want the Federal Government to focus …