Shorten’s climate policy would hit more big polluters harder

A Shorten government would add about 100 high polluters to those subject to an emissions cap, and drastically slash the present cap’s level, under the opposition’s climate policy released today, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Turnbull’s grenade sets off Labor glee

"For the first time it appears that there is a real opportunity for a prominent centrist independent in the ACT to beat the Liberals and have a chance at ousting Zed," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Opinion / What will a Shorten government be like?


Grattan / Bishop’s boots were made for walking

AS a parliament that will be unmourned winds down to the election, this fortnight has been the season for goodbyes from those departing (voluntarily). The...

Grattan / Minister who watches the nation’s credit card overlooks his own

MATHIAS Cormann’s 2018 family holiday in Singapore is costing him a good deal more than the $2780.82 he belatedly paid for airfares booked with...
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‘State actor’ hacks networks of major political parties

“A SOPHISTICATED state actor” has hacked the networks of the major political parties, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Federal Parliament. Recently the Parliament House...

Grattan / Labor’s lead cut in latest Ipsos poll

THE government has substantially narrowed the two-party gap in the Ipsos poll – it now trails Labor by just 49-51 per cent, compared with...

Grattan / What does ‘reopening’ Christmas Island really mean?

THE Morrison government, politically-speaking, is trying to do a loaves-and-fishes exercise with the medevac legislation, over which the parliament defied the executive this week.  It...

Grattan / Morrison may reopen the Christmas Island detention centre

SCOTT Morrison has foreshadowed the re-opening of the Christmas Island detention facility, announcing his government would be stepping up border security after the medical...

Grattan / Morrison government defeated on medical bill

THE government has suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives, with Labor and crossbenchers passing the legislation facilitating medical transfers from Manus...

Grattan / Crossbenchers must decide on medical transfers bill

THE fate of the legislation facilitating medical evacuations from Manus and Nauru depends on the response of the crossbenchers to compromise amendments Labor is...

Grattan / Morrison promises $78 million to combat domestic violence

IN a speech today (February 11), with the theme of “Keeping Australians safe and secure”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is committing about $78 million...

Kenny / Could Tony Abbott lose to an independent?

STRANGELY enough, there’s a link between “Kevin07” as an electoral phenomenon and the recent successes of independents such as Kerryn Phelps (Wentworth), Cathy McGowan...

Grattan / Suspense over medical transfers bill goes down to the wire

THE battle over the medical transfers legislation has become something of a thriller for political tragics.  The government is desperate to head off a defeat...

Grattan / Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

AS the battle escalates ahead of next week’s vote on legislation to facilitate medical transfers from Manus and Nauru, Scott Morrison is playing up...

Grattan / Shorten wants to legislate on Hayne recommendations

AS Labor seeks to get maximum political mileage from the banking royal commission report, Bill Shorten on Tuesday (February 5) asked Scott Morrison for...

Grattan / Bowen fires back in economy debate

IN his first economic speech of the year Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said workers are being denied “a fair go”.  “Under the Liberals, the economy...

Grattan / McGowan stays quiet after removal of refugee children

THE government has finalised the removal of the last children from Nauru, as it battles to head off a parliamentary defeat on legislation to...

Grattan / Agriculture Department won’t release live sheep video

OFFICIAL reports and photos from observers appointed by the government covering eight live export voyages from April to June last year have documented further...

Grattan / Coalition commits to creating more jobs

A RE-ELECTED Coalition government would create 1.25 million jobs over the next five years, Scott Morrison will promise as he campaigns on the next...




Deep in industrial Mitchell, a little patch of country

Reporter KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK discovers an allotment-style garden in a thriving patchwork of flowers and veggies tucked away in the back of Mitchell.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin


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