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Cuts to social services and increased tax revenue deliver reduced budget deficit

Cuts to social services and increased tax revenue deliver reduced budget deficit

Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘cautious and wise’ approach to finances is helping Australia maintain its credit ratingA multibillion-dollar cut to spending on social services and higher-than-expected
Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin

Socialism with a spine: the only 21st century alternative | John Quiggin

Soft neoliberalism has exhausted its appeal. The best progressive alternative is an explicit embrace of socialismSocialism is back, much to the chagrin of those who declared it dead and buried at the
IMF says Australia has one of the fastest rising income inequality rates

IMF says Australia has one of the fastest rising income inequality rates

Economic body’s Fiscal Monitor shows Australia’s 30-year inequality growth is similar to the US, India, China and the UKAustralia is among countries with the highest growth in income inequality in the
Most Australians support Indigenous voice to parliament plan that Turnbull rejected

Most Australians support Indigenous voice to parliament plan that Turnbull rejected

OmniPoll survey finds 60.7% broadly support changing constitution to set up Indigenous body to advise the parliament Sixty per cent of Australians support a proposed model of Indigenous recognition
Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

Beersheba centenary: let's remember that story is not the same as history | Paul Daley

After being a footnote in military history for decades, the charge of Beersheba has its big moment thanks to the politics of remembrance I’d never heard of the charge of the Australian Light Horse at
Barnaby Joyce gets boost as One Nation and Shooters decline to run in New England

Barnaby Joyce gets boost as One Nation and Shooters decline to run in New England

Pauline Hanson blames Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to call Queensland election for failure to run candidateBarnaby Joyce’s task in the New England byelection has got considerably easier, with
George Brandis may have cost would-be Liberal senator her seat

George Brandis may have cost would-be Liberal senator her seat

Hollie Hughes may be ineligible to fill spot left by Fiona Nash due to her appointment to administrative appeals tribunalGeorge Brandis may have cost the would-be Liberal senator Hollie Hughes a seat
Unions want answers about alleged role of agency staffer in AWU raid leak

Unions want answers about alleged role of agency staffer in AWU raid leak

ACTU asks if Fair Work Ombudsman media officer is fit to continue in his job in light of new evidence about the raidsUnions have questioned why a media officer at the agency investigating the
Queensland election: LNP leader targets 'disenchanted' One Nation voters

Queensland election: LNP leader targets 'disenchanted' One Nation voters

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls focuses on jobs growth in seats at risk of falling to Pauline Hanson’s partyThe Queensland opposition leader, Tim Nicholls, has swiftly taken to the hustings in One
Most voters believe NBN will fail to meet Australia's needs – Guardian Essential poll

Most voters believe NBN will fail to meet Australia's needs – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds almost 40% blame Malcolm Turnbull’s government for problems with the national broadband networkMore than 50% of Australians believe the national broadband network will fail to meet the
Q&A: Rudd accuses Turnbull of 'deep insult' to Indigenous reconciliation

Q&A: Rudd accuses Turnbull of 'deep insult' to Indigenous reconciliation

Former prime minister criticises Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the Indigenous voice to parliament Malcolm Turnbull’s outright rejection of the recommendation to enshrine an Indigenous voice to
Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Turnbull extols relationship with Israel as nations strengthen security ties

Australian PM and Benjamin Netanyahu disagree on Iran nuclear agreement but emphasise their shared threat from ‘militant Islamist terrorism’The relationship between Australia and Israel has never been
Disendorsed Queensland MP says Palaszczuk ditched him when it suited her

Disendorsed Queensland MP says Palaszczuk ditched him when it suited her

Rick Williams says Labor party repeatedly talked him out of leaving for crossbench and premier gave him good feedback two months ago Disendorsed Queensland Labor MP Rick Williams has accused
Nick Xenophon names replacement and says he'll stay on as party leader

Nick Xenophon names replacement and says he'll stay on as party leader

NXT to be renamed SA Best and be joined by former submariner and Xenophon adviser Rex Patrick as leader officially resignsNick Xenophon has resigned from the Senate after his principal adviser, Rex
Coalition conservatives working on rival same-sex marriage bill

Coalition conservatives working on rival same-sex marriage bill

Michael Sukkar calls for ‘no detriment’ clause to allow people to reject same-sex marriage in all walks of lifeTurnbull government ministers have begun jockeying over which bill will be used to
Peter Dutton says detainees trying to force asylum policy change

Peter Dutton says detainees trying to force asylum policy change

Immigration minister accuses advocates and Greens of aiding 600 refugees and asylum seekers who refuse to leave Manus Island centreThe Australian immigration minister has accused detainees – “aided
'Now we are in the trenches': Queensland Labor and LNP face One Nation threat

'Now we are in the trenches': Queensland Labor and LNP face One Nation threat

Party insiders confess they don’t foresee either side getting a majority in the state election, which could leave One Nation as kingmakersQueenslanders have never made it easy on political parties.
Barnaby Joyce: 'Dopey' Liberal and Labor MPs let Nationals take citizenship rap

Barnaby Joyce: 'Dopey' Liberal and Labor MPs let Nationals take citizenship rap

Joyce urges all MPs concerned about citizenship status to refer themselves immediately to the high courtBarnaby Joyce has called on parliamentary colleagues concerned about their eligibility status to
Power shut off to final Manus compounds as 600 men refuse to leave

Power shut off to final Manus compounds as 600 men refuse to leave

Detainees say they fear for their lives in the Papua New Guinean community as Julie Bishop defends Australia’s ‘tough’ stance The Manus Island detention centre has officially closed but more than 600
Charities fight Coalition's attempt to limit advocacy

Charities fight Coalition's attempt to limit advocacy

Exclusive: Charities band together to fight Coalition’s plan to ban or limit the use of donations from overseas for advocacy in AustraliaAustralian development and aid charities have joined forces to