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Grattan / Broad coalition formed to seek common ground on tackling climate change

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups have formed the Australian Climate Roundtable in an effort to “put...

Grattan / If Abbott hadn’t been hyper-partisan on Malaysia people swap, Turnbull mightn’t have...

THE Sunday Telegraph reported at the weekend that Malcolm Turnbull had visited only seven electorates since the July 2 poll, and contrasted his “hermit-style...

Simon speaks for the disadvantaged in the legal system. Wants the Commonwealth to pay

SIMON Corbell, speaking at the Commencement of the 2015 Legal Year Ceremony has said the Commonwealth Government needs to do more to support Australia’s...

Grattan / Nationals to give Joyce a clear run as Truss brings forward retirement

THE Nationals are set to elect Barnaby Joyce unopposed as their leader on Thursday night, which will make him deputy prime minister and clear...

Grattan / Newspoll shows Coalition trailing 46-54% at start of new parliamentary session

WITH parliament resuming this week, the first Newspoll of 2017 has the government trailing Labor 46-54% on the two-party vote and the Coalition’s primary...

Grattan / Greens senator Larissa Waters forced out of parliament

THE Greens have lost a second senator in less than a week for having dual citizenship, with Larissa Waters forced to resign on Tuesday...

Liberals plan to make the ACT PS more encouraging for women

GIULIA Jones says a Canberra Liberals Government will enhance opportunities for women by improving workplace flexibility and encouraging women to achieve career and family...

Grattan on Friday / Abbott government suffers self-inflicted pain in an untidy week

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE Abbott government has followed one step forward by a couple back. After an improved performance became the media...

The coronation procession at an end, Chief Minister Andrew Barr’s speech to the Legislative...

Speaker I am deeply honoured by the result of today’s election – and I am deeply grateful for the Assembly’s support. Thank you. Eight and half...

Corbell’s development bill railroaded into Committee

SIMON Corbell is putting a brave face on the referral to Committee of his Planning and Development (Project Facilitation) Amendment Bill. In a face saving...

Molonglo Valley will get it all under ACT Labor

ACT Labor says Molonglo Valley needs infrastructure and pledges to deliver it if they're re-elected next month. 

Further legal responses to family violence

SIMON Corbell has introduced new legislation aimed at broadening definitions of family and domestic violence and strengthening protections for victims was introduced to the...

Is a bar tab worth getting talked into giving Simon Sheikh your super?

FORMER ACT Green candidate for Senate, Simon Sheikh is taking to the Australia Institute's "Politics in the Pub" tomorrow to promote his new Future...

Grattan on Friday / Banks’ bad behaviour becomes latest pre-election jousting ground

NEXT week Malcolm Turnbull will briefly take one foot off the domestic treadmill for his first visit to China as prime minister, going to...

John Setka blames his resignation on Albanese

Setka said his decision to resign had “everything” to do with Albanese, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Do we need an inquiry into suppression versus elimination?

Why not have an inquiry to examine the pros and cons of suppression versus elimination? asks political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Grattan / Government behind 45-55% in Ipsos poll

THE Turnbull government trails Labor 45-55% on the two-party vote in the Fairfax Ipsos poll, as the Senate prepares to drastically restrict the proposed...

Liberals promise a shopping centre of Molonglo

JEREMY Hanson says a Canberra Liberals Government will prioritise the earmarked shopping centrefor the rapidly expanding Molonglo region to cater for huge growth in...

Defiant Hanson suspended again

LIBERAL MLA Jeremy Hanson was suspended from the Assembly for three hours this afternoon after he refused to withdraw dissenting comments accusing Speaker Shane...

The Bunda Street Shareway marches on

SHANE Rattenbury is reminding the public and Bunda Street traders that work on the Bunda Street Shareway project will recommence today. “Stage one Bunda...

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