Sussan Ley and the Gold Coast apartment: murky rules mean age of entitlement isn’t over for MPs

OPINION: Sussan Ley will have breached the standards if she was found not to be acting in the public interest, or if her entitlement claims are judged to be illegitimate. But the rules on claiming ministerial entitlements are unclear and very complex.

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Year in Review: FactCheck and the weasel-words, cherry-picking and overstatements of 2016

Bald-faced lies are, thankfully, fairly rare in Australian politics. Being caught in an outright fib or blooper is still seen as shameful. The problem in Australia is that facts and statistics are frequently twisted to paint a misleading picture.

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Keep calm and get a grip Christopher Pyne: The people are revolting!

OPINION: Peaceful activism and protest is our right so keep calm and get a grip, Christopher, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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Government gives Greens $100 million for Landcare to get backpacker tax deal

The settlement follows days of confusion, with key players changing position, and months of uncertainty for farmers.

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Protesters halt parliament; glue themselves to handrails

Question Time was suspended on Wednesday amid chaotic scenes as pro-refugee activists disrupted the chamber.

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Australian ‘backpacker tax’ agreed at 15%

Treasurer Scott Morrison says so-called ‘backpacker tax’ negotiations will be finalised “this week”.

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Peter Dutton: Donald Trump’s Australian half brother

OPINION: Peter Dutton, the minister for crimmigration and incrimmigration, has a distaste and contempt for refugees that borders on hate, writes TESS LAWRENCE.

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The ‘Neoz Cons’ against same-sex marriage

OPINION: The spectre of George Brandis fossicking about for a “G spot” is just too horrid to contemplate; notwithstanding the other politicians already mentioned. So don’t read this article more than once. It could put you off sex for ever.

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Aussie pollies line up to condemn Trump sexual assault remarks

Australia’s politicians have almost unanimously condemned Donald Trump’s comments about sexually molesting women. Almost… Pauline Hanson suggests cutting him some slack.

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Pyne staffer resigns over ‘Budgie Nine’ speedo scandal

Senior policy advisor expresses regret for embarrasing Australian government as part of so-called ‘Budgie Nine’ controversy.

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Backpacker tax rate slashed in government back down

The Australian government has flinched on its proposed 32.5% rate of so-called backpacker tax. Working holiday maker age to increase though.

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Half of Australia agree with Pauline and want Islamic migration banned

Half of Aussies agree with right-wing xenophobe Pauline Hanson that Muslim migration into the country should be stopped, survey reveals.

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Birth of Chiko Roll controversy rocks Aussie parliament

A three-way regional war of words has erupted in the chambers of Australian power… over the humble Chiko Roll.

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Greens say ‘no’ to same-sex marriage plebicite

“A plebiscite will be harmful, it’ll be divisive, it’ll be expensive and we should never put questions of human rights to an opinion poll,” Senator Di Natale said.

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PM “shocked and appalled” by juvenile detention videos

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces Royal Comission following appalling footage of child mistreatment aired on Four Corners.

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