Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Make or break decision to come with crucial vote in Senate next week

Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Make or break decision to come with crucial vote in Senate next week

Posted May 03, 2018 14:08:16 The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is urging senators not to make life harder for irrigation communities when they consider a controversial motion next week. Returning water to the environment has cut irrigated agriculture by up to a third in some areas of the Southern Basin, …

Mike Pompeo narrowly confirmed by Senate to become Donald Trump’s secretary of state – Donald Trump’s America

Mike Pompeo narrowly confirmed by Senate to become Donald Trump’s secretary of state – Donald Trump’s America

Posted April 27, 2018 05:03:39 Mike Pompeo has been confirmed by the US Senate as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, putting the former CIA director in a pivotal role handling foreign policy challenges such as North Korea and Iran. Key points: Senators vote 57-42 in favour of Mike Pompeo …

Airline travel impost on regional Queenslanders in Senate inquiry spotlight

Airline travel impost on regional Queenslanders in Senate inquiry spotlight

Posted April 12, 2018 05:41:47 Photo: Danielle Doyle and her family, including oldest son Tom (centre) who goes to school in Brisbane. (Supplied: Danielle Doyle) Regional Queenslanders are demanding a Senate inquiry take action to reduce the cost of airfares, arguing it is more costly to fly across the state …

Questions remain for doctors after vaginal mesh Senate report handed down

Questions remain for doctors after vaginal mesh Senate report handed down

Updated April 08, 2018 05:10:46 Photo: Hundreds of Australian women complained of serious and debilitating side effects from the implants. (ABC News: Jerry Rickard) It should have been a landmark day for women suffering from chronic pain from the use of pelvic mesh for prolapse and incontinence. Instead, it triggered …

SA Greens circle Sarah Hanson-Young in Senate preselection challenge

SA Greens circle Sarah Hanson-Young in Senate preselection challenge

Updated April 06, 2018 09:48:50 Photo: Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is facing a field of five challengers. (ABC News: Matt Roberts) South Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young is facing a preselection challenge from five fellow Greens members. Six candidates including Senator Hanson-Young have nominated for the party’s prized top spot on …

Larissa Waters secures place as lead Greens Senate candidate

Larissa Waters secures place as lead Greens Senate candidate

Posted April 03, 2018 10:29:53 Former Greens senator Larissa Waters could be set for a political comeback after receiving the overwhelming support of the party to retake her Senate position. It comes less than nine months after she resigned during the federal citizenship crisis, following her discovery that she was …

Jordon Steele-John has the loneliest seat in the Senate, and it’s locking him out of the parliamentary process

Jordon Steele-John has the loneliest seat in the Senate, and it’s locking him out of the parliamentary process

Posted April 02, 2018 05:04:03 Video: Watch Jordon Steele-John make his way across the chamber to vote in the Senate (ABC News) Related Story: Bloody knuckles and painful progress: Parliament isn’t quite ready for Steele-John Related Story: Who is Jordon Steele-John: Young disability advocate takes Scott Ludlam’s Senate spot There’s …

Franchisees hope Senate inquiry will stop them being ripped off by unscrupulous franchisors

Franchisees hope Senate inquiry will stop them being ripped off by unscrupulous franchisors

Updated March 29, 2018 19:51:04 It’s an issue that’s raged for years. Franchisees at food and drink outlets, in particular, saying they can’t make a living because their franchisors are abusing them. “Already the company takes everything, grab every single dollar from us,” Melbourne-based Michel’s Patisserie franchisee, Henry Wong, bemoaned. …

Pelvic mesh implants: Further legal action on the table after scathing Senate report

Pelvic mesh implants: Further legal action on the table after scathing Senate report

Posted March 29, 2018 11:53:58 Australian women who have been injured by pelvic mesh implants could be part of a second class action against the makers of the surgical devices. Key points: Senate committee report into mesh implants recommends they “should only be used as a last resort” Lawyer says …

Senate won’t vote on tax cuts until at least next month, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says

Senate won’t vote on tax cuts until at least next month, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says

Updated March 27, 2018 19:01:12 The Senate will not vote on company tax cuts until at least next month. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told the Upper House today the Government did not have enough support to pass the changes to cut the company tax rate to 25 per cent. Senator …