Labor moves to split government’s income tax bill – politics live | Australia news

A Shorten Labor government will deliver permanent tax relief for the Australians who need it most – ensuring tax relief goes back into the pockets of 10 million middle income and working Australians, not Turnbull’s millionaires. Under the Liberals, working Australians are struggling with soaring cost of living expenses – …

The Liberals’ conservative faction is growing — and so is its influence over the party – Politics

The Liberals’ conservative faction is growing — and so is its influence over the party – Politics

Updated June 18, 2018 17:39:33 “The conservatives are on the ascendancy,” came the declaration from a Liberal. His party’s members had just backed a series of divisive motions utterly at odds with Turnbull Government policy, such as selling the ABC and shifting Australia’s Israeli embassy. The Liberals’ annual conference is …

Senate vote to scrap ‘tampon tax’ won’t stop women paying 10 per cent more for sanitary products – Politics

Senate vote to scrap ‘tampon tax’ won’t stop women paying 10 per cent more for sanitary products – Politics

Updated June 18, 2018 13:03:42 Photo: Greens senators at a a protest in front of Parliament House against the GST on tampons (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Related Story: Removing GST from tampons would be a ‘politically correct’ mistake, Tony Abbott says Related Story: Removal of tax on tampons to cost …

Brian Burston joins Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as Senate leader – Politics

Brian Burston joins Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party as Senate leader – Politics

Updated June 18, 2018 12:20:27 Related Story: ‘My relationship with Senator Hanson is irrevocable’: Brian Burston leaves One Nation Related Story: Pauline Hanson insists One Nation isn’t split after senator breaks ranks on tax cuts Clive Palmer is considering a return to federal politics and has announced One Nation defector …

Turnbull government loses 34th consecutive Newspoll – politics live | Australia news

Well, it has been QUITE the break, hasn’t it? Just when you thought Australian politics was settling down, we get the last two weeks. In case you missed it, Barnaby Joyce has a book coming out – a “warts and all” tell-all – but still, privacy please. Lucy Gichuhi’s travel …

Coal politics an open-cut minefield for red and blue teams alike in Queensland

Coal politics an open-cut minefield for red and blue teams alike in Queensland

Updated June 16, 2018 10:20:22 Few things provoke more moral and emotional angst in Queensland politics than the royalty riches that boost the budget bottom line. A high-stakes polemic rages around coal — relying on it will ruin the planet, but shunning it will wreck the state’s economy. Which goes …

Huawei’s history in Britain may help explain why Australia is so nervous – Politics

Huawei’s history in Britain may help explain why Australia is so nervous – Politics

Updated June 16, 2018 05:28:35 To understand the deep institutional anxiety about Huawei among Australia’s closest security partners, you have to understand the British experience with the Chinese telecommunications giant. It’s not an episode that’s much advertised, deliberately so. But it’s an episode that is held against Huawei when it …

Chinese company Huawei likely blocked from 5G network, with intelligence community voicing security concerns – Politics

Chinese company Huawei likely blocked from 5G network, with intelligence community voicing security concerns – Politics

Updated June 14, 2018 13:31:36 Nagging national security concerns will likely see Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei blocked from taking part in the 5G mobile network. Key points: Intelligence sources say Huawei is considered a cyber espionage risk to infrastructure like 5G Government says blocking the company would be a “big …

University funding freeze hits regional campuses worst, with up to 15 per cent of expected money on ice – Politics

University funding freeze hits regional campuses worst, with up to 15 per cent of expected money on ice – Politics

Exclusive by political reporter Dan Conifer and FOI editor Michael McKinnon Updated June 14, 2018 15:40:00 Australian universities struck by a Federal Government funding freeze will be forced to go without up to 15 per cent of their base funding, according to data obtained by the ABC. Key points: Funding …

Biometrics project scrapped after massive delays and budget blowouts – Politics

Biometrics project scrapped after massive delays and budget blowouts – Politics

Posted June 15, 2018 18:48:36 Photo: NEC has launched a spirited defence of its work on the biometrics project. (Catalyst) A project to introduce fingerprint and facial recognition technology across the country has been scrapped, after massive cost blowouts and delays. The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) inked a $46 …