australian politics

Auditor general criticises home affairs over $745m Manus Island contracts

Auditor general criticises home affairs over $745m Manus Island contracts

Report on the cost of offshore detention points to contractor Paladin’s 22.5% profit margin and $14m mobilisation feeThe home affairs department failed to show taxpayers got value for money for $745m
Morrison government will push on with IR reform even if unions and employers can't agree

Morrison government will push on with IR reform even if unions and employers can't agree

Prime minister extends an olive branch by ditching union-busting legislation, but there are sharp differences in prioritiesThe Morrison government could push ahead with industrial relations changes
'The hardest time in my life': how service providers shoulder the burden of free childcare

'The hardest time in my life': how service providers shoulder the burden of free childcare

In part three of Stimulus under scrutiny, we look at why the government’s childcare recovery package has sent some operators to the brink of collapse • Part one: ‘The cliff’: what happens when
WA premier admits state was told of sick ship crew but criticises federal government email

WA premier admits state was told of sick ship crew but criticises federal government email

Mark McGowan says initial email from the agriculture department did not raise red flags about coronavirusSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get
Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case delayed as Fairfax lawyers seek to introduce new evidence

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case delayed as Fairfax lawyers seek to introduce new evidence

Commonwealth again raises national security concerns – prompting judge to express frustration The federal government has again stymied the public airing of evidence in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation
Newmarch House took six days to accept government-funded coronavirus medical staff

Newmarch House took six days to accept government-funded coronavirus medical staff

Senate inquiry hears visitors who refuse to have a flu shot are being barred from aged-care homes during Covid-19 crisisSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free
WA premier fears more Covid-19 infections after six test positive on live export ship in Fremantle

WA premier fears more Covid-19 infections after six test positive on live export ship in Fremantle

Federal authorities apparently cleared ship to dock, although some crew had reported having feversFollow the global liveblog here Download the free Guardian app to get the most important news
Public servant alleging ministerial corruption told speaking to media could be unlawful

Public servant alleging ministerial corruption told speaking to media could be unlawful

Advice was given that a generic online form should be used to contact PM’s office, highlighting flaws in corruption reporting regimeA public servant claiming to have evidence of ministerial corruption
Coronavirus Australia live news: Morrison's focus shifts to skills and productivity as stimulus nears end – latest updates

Coronavirus Australia live news: Morrison's focus shifts to skills and productivity as stimulus nears end – latest updates

Cooperation with the states and unions will be needed to spur growth, the PM will say at the National Press Club today‘The cliff’: what happens when Australia’s coronavirus stimulus runs out of
Welfare recipients facing five-month delays to exit cashless debit card scheme

Welfare recipients facing five-month delays to exit cashless debit card scheme

Data shows that of the 859 application lodged since September, only 30 have been accepted A cashless debit card “opt out” scheme introduced last year to allow people to exit the controversial program
Morrison says support measures are only temporary 'medication' for sick economy

Morrison says support measures are only temporary 'medication' for sick economy

In National Press Club speech, PM says microeconomic reform in industrial relations and skills needed to spur growthSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian
Frydenberg’s changes to shareholder class actions smack of ‘cronyism’, lawyers say

Frydenberg’s changes to shareholder class actions smack of ‘cronyism’, lawyers say

The move has been made using emergency Covid-19 powers and favours company directors, they say A surprise move by treasurer Josh Frydenberg to make shareholder class actions harder has been slammed by
‘We will simply disconnect’: Mike Pompeo and the Australian TV appearance that caused a diplomatic storm

‘We will simply disconnect’: Mike Pompeo and the Australian TV appearance that caused a diplomatic storm

A comment by the US secretary of state about Victoria’s belt and road project has ricocheted through Parliament House and the US embassyWhen US secretary of state Mike Pompeo popped up on Australian
Australia has unnecessarily exposed itself to Beijing's fury, but relying on the US now is risky | Jonathan Pearlman

Australia has unnecessarily exposed itself to Beijing's fury, but relying on the US now is risky | Jonathan Pearlman

Australia has mishandled the inquiry into Covid-19, but it is in uncomfortable and unfamiliar territorySign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the
Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Labor’s Penny Wong says PM should ‘pick up the phone’ to US president and Mike Pompeo warns Victoria over cooperation in China’s Belt and Road projectLabor has called on Scott Morrison to pick up the
Labor calls on Josh Frydenberg to front Covid-19 inquiry to explain jobkeeper '$60bn black hole'

Labor calls on Josh Frydenberg to front Covid-19 inquiry to explain jobkeeper '$60bn black hole'

Penny Wong says treasurer should have ‘the courage’ to take responsibility for error as Coalition faces calls to expand wage subsidy Labor will attempt to pressure the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, to
Eden-Monaro byelection: Fiona Kotvojs wins Liberal party preselection

Eden-Monaro byelection: Fiona Kotvojs wins Liberal party preselection

Former teacher, scientist and small business operator was only narrowly beaten to seat by Labor MP Mike Kelly at the 2019 electionDr Fiona Kotvojs has decisively won a vote of Liberal party members in
Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns

Covid commission boss Nev Power steps back at gas company amid conflict of interest concerns

The Morrison government commission has promoted gas as a key way to boost the economy after the coronavirus crisisThe head of the Morrison government commission tasked with coming up with plans to
Jobkeeper to cost $60bn less than originally forecast due to 'reporting error'

Jobkeeper to cost $60bn less than originally forecast due to 'reporting error'

Treasury reveals only half of the estimated 6.5 million Australians will access the coronavirus pandemic-related subsidySign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email Download the free
Albanese demands Michael McCormack apology for 'hair on fire' climate change quip

Albanese demands Michael McCormack apology for 'hair on fire' climate change quip

Labor leader says deputy PM’s comment about activism is ‘entirely inappropriate’ after recent bushfiresAnthony Albanese has demanded the deputy prime minister and Nationals leader, Michael McCormack,