Government senator urges national debate about Australia’s population

Senator Dean Smith advocates broad view on Australia’s population while Tony Abbott presses for big cut to immigration and Pauline Hanson makes lower migrant intake a signature pitch.

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Mark Latham helps Pauline Hanson in robocall attacking Bill Shorten

Former Labor leader appeals to voters not to reward Shorten’s dishonesty. “Don’t vote Labor”, he says, but instead support “minor parties and independents to shake up the system and put some honest politics back into Canberra.”

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Government puts tax cuts for big companies on back burner – again

Announcing the retreat after failing to secure support from cross-benchers including Pauline Hanson, Mathias Cormann reaffirmed that the government remained committed to the cuts, and cast the July 28 byelections as a referendum on them.

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Labor makes company tax fight all about Malcolm Turnbull’s money

The advertisement says: “Why is former banker Malcolm Turnbull so keen to give big business a tax cut instead of properly funding our schools and hospitals?

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Australians’ support for climate action at its highest level in a decade: Lowy Institute Poll

OPINION & ANALYSIS: The climate message seems to be reaching the Australian people. But will it get to those we’ve elected to represent us?

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Turnbull government to give national apology to victims of child sexual abuse

Speaking at his news conference, Turnbull said: “The survivors that I’ve met and the personal stories that have been told to me have given me but a small insight into the betrayal you experienced at the hands of the people and institutions who were supposed to protect and care for you.”

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Australia inches closer to fast-track visa plan for South African farmers

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says things are “not too far off” from being finalised.

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Joyce admits he knew as soon as Campion was pregnant that he’d lose his job

In the pre-recorded interview aired on Sunday night, during which Barnaby Joyce and Vikki Campion sometimes disagreed, Campion accused conservatives “within the parliament” of pressing her to have an abortion.

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Don’t give anyone a tax cut: Greens

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said with inequality rising, reinvestment in public services should be the priority.

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More citizenship fallout and mixed messages in post-budget Newspoll and Fairfax-Ipsos polls

Post-budget opinion will soon be tested on the ground in five byelections, four of them caused by the citizenship crisis.

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Government timing tricks hide the real budget story

SPECIAL FEATURE: Timing tricks help politicians avoid dealing with the substance of their policies. That isn’t going to change any time soon.

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A benign budget – but will the voters trust it?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: If the budget bombed it would be disastrous for the Turnbull government. But it is hard to see that happening, given the revenue circumstances and the election-focused measures.

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Gonski review attacks Australian schooling quality and urges individualised teaching approach

The damning report, released on Monday, says the decline is widespread and “equivalent to a generation of Australian school children falling short of their full learning potential”.

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Abbott suggests sacking bank regulators as ASIC feels the heat

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, Malcolm Turnbull defended refusing for so long to set up a royal commission, although he said commentators were correct in saying that “politically we would have been better off setting one up earlier”.

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After 30 Newspoll losses, Malcolm Turnbull is down, but certainly not out

OPINION & ANALYSIS: If Malcolm Turnbull is to draw any comfort from a self-inflicted wound, he might consider the history of leaders who have endured bad polling and prevailed.

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