Scott Morrison using Treasury as ‘political battering ram’, says Chris Bowen | Australia news

The shadow treasurer, Chris Bowen, says Scott Morrison is politicising the Treasury and is intent on turning the prestigious commonwealth agency into a “political battering ram”. Bowen used the opportunity afforded by a budget reply speech at the National Press Club to declare on Wednesday that Morrison was using the …

Lucy Gichuhi’s political career facing abrupt end as Liberals fail to embrace newest member

Lucy Gichuhi’s political career facing abrupt end as Liberals fail to embrace newest member

Updated May 15, 2018 13:42:23 The political career of one of the Liberal Party’s newest members, Lucy Gichuhi, is at risk of coming to an abrupt end at the next election. Senator Gichuhi defected to the Liberals in February, making the shock announcement alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who described …

Political donation laws overhaul in Victoria means taxpayers will foot the bill for campaigning

Political donation laws overhaul in Victoria means taxpayers will foot the bill for campaigning

Posted May 08, 2018 17:00:16 Victorian taxpayers will spend $45 million funding political campaigning every four years, under a donations shake–up announced by the Andrews Government. Key points: Political donations capped at $4,000 every four-year election cycle Donations over $1,000 to be publicly disclosed Foreign donations banned Third-party groups to …

Budget 2018 contains political opportunity, and a ticking time bomb

Budget 2018 contains political opportunity, and a ticking time bomb

Posted May 08, 2018 19:44:31 Photo: The Government certainly hasn’t wasted the golden opportunity that has appeared before it. (ABC News: Matthew Roberts) So begins the election campaign. And what timing. This year’s budget takes full advantage of a sudden and unexpected turnaround in the Federal Government’s revenue fortunes, delivering …

Budget 2018: Former Liberal John Hewson leader decries ‘mother’ of all political budgets

Budget 2018: Former Liberal John Hewson leader decries ‘mother’ of all political budgets

Posted May 08, 2018 06:04:21 Photo: Treasurer Scott Morrison looks set to deliver tax cuts and promise an earlier return to surplus. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Let the good times roll. That would be the theme song of Scott Morrison’s third, and he hopes not last, budget. A strong rebound …

John McRoberts trial: Prosecutor warned police that request to review DPP advice was ‘political’

John McRoberts trial: Prosecutor warned police that request to review DPP advice was ‘political’

Updated May 04, 2018 18:34:16 Photo: Former NT police commissioner John McRoberts (right) attends his trial. (ABC News: Felicity James) A senior crown prosecutor warned the Northern Territory Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) a request to review his advice about a major travel agent fraud investigation was “political”, a court …

Tim Hammond’s resignation leaves Perth in political spotlight with by-election litmus test

Tim Hammond’s resignation leaves Perth in political spotlight with by-election litmus test

Updated May 03, 2018 07:37:27 Photo: Tim Hammond’s decision to leave politics for his family will cause a by-election in just over a month. (AAP: Rebecca Le May) If it already felt like election season in Western Australia, just wait to see what it looks like with a by-election on …

Sue Hickey coup: Liberal angst over Speaker plot ‘justified’, political expert says

Sue Hickey coup: Liberal angst over Speaker plot ‘justified’, political expert says

Posted May 02, 2018 08:56:12 Photo: Sue Hickey’s “commanding personality” will see her well suited to the Speaker’s role, an expert says. (ABC News: James Dunlevie) Former Hobart lord mayor and disaffected Liberal Sue Hickey’s “act of betrayal” in snatching the role of Speaker from her anointed colleague in a …

Death symbol ban isn’t about political correctness: it’s the difference between an army and a ‘death cult’

Death symbol ban isn’t about political correctness: it’s the difference between an army and a ‘death cult’

Posted April 28, 2018 05:00:00 Photo: Critics have drawn parallels between new Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Campbell’s “death symbols” ban to his predecessor’s crusades for diversity. (AAP: Andrew Taylor) Related Story: Army bans troops from wearing ‘death’ symbols Related Story: Angus Campbell to be Australia’s next Chief of …

Claim Sophie Mirabella pushed political rival was ‘fake news’, court hears, in defamation case against newspaper

Claim Sophie Mirabella pushed political rival was ‘fake news’, court hears, in defamation case against newspaper

Updated April 26, 2018 21:06:56 Photo: Sophie Mirabella, former Liberal MP, and candidate for Indi (left) with Indi independent MP Cathy McGowan (right) (ABC News) An article which claimed former Liberal frontbencher Sophie Mirabella pushed her political opponent Cathy McGowan out of a photo opportunity was “fake news”, a court …