Anthony Albanese warns PM: don't play politics with drought funding

Opposition leader says Labor will support ‘any level’ of funding the Coalition names as long as it doesn’t take funds from other portfolios Labor leader Anthony Albanese has urged the Morrison government to avoid “playing politics” with drought funding, saying Labor would support “any level” of funding the Coalition names, as long as it doesn’t […]

MyGov crashes as thousands try to submit tax returns

The outage could also have significant impact on welfare recipients, who use MyGov to contact Centrelink As thousands of Australians try to submit their tax returns, the main online portal for federal government services has gone down. In an outage that will also affect thousands of welfare recipients across the country, the MyGov site appeared […]

Australia's biggest private health insurers illegally rejected thousands of claims

Exclusive: Leaked documents show insurers rejected claims involving pre-existing medical conditions without appointing a doctor to review evidence The nation’s biggest health insurers illegally rejected the claims of thousands of sick or injured Australians over seven years, leaked documents show. A government whistleblower who investigated their conduct has also revealed how his efforts were frustrated […]

David Gulpilil receives lifetime achievement honour at 2019 Naidoc awards

Indigenous actor whose films include Walkabout, The Last Wave and The Tracker celebrated in annual awards The Indigenous actor David Gulpilil has received the lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Naidoc awards. The annual awards, which recognise the significant achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, were presented in Canberra on Saturday night. Continue […]

Coalition's tax cuts pass Senate in full as Labor backs down

Anthony Albanese accused of ‘abandoning the mantle of opposition leader’ Labor has capitulated on the government’s $158bn tax cut package, voting for the plan despite arguing it was “irresponsible” to lock in benefits for higher income earners. Regardless of Labor’s position, the Coalition had secured enough support from the Senate crossbench to legislate the 10-year […]

Indigenous baby health project aims to stop generational trauma

Researchers target effects of ‘complex trauma’ and PTSD in bid to improve lives of children and parents Pregnancy and early parenthood are the best times to work with Indigenous families to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma, according to a groundbreaking new research project. Researchers have found Indigenous people experience as many as 10-12 different […]

NSW government to pay $576m extra to Sydney light rail subcontractors

Legal settlement reached after Acciona alleged it was misled over the complexity of the project and demanded $1.1bn The consortium building Sydney’s eastern suburbs light rail project will receive up to $576m extra from the New South Wales government under a settlement deal. The Coalition reached the agreement after ALTRAC’s subcontractor Acciona launched legal action […]

Anthony Albanese elected unopposed as Labor leader

No new candidates emerge before nominations close, leaving leftwinger as successor to Bill Shorten Anthony Albanese will lead Labor to the next election, with no other candidates emerging to challenge the leading leftwinger for the role. Nominations closed on Monday morning, leaving the MP for the seat of Grayndler as the only candidate for the […]

Liberal campaign launch a slow leak of air from a balloon. A hiss presaging deflation | Katharine Murphy

Scott Morrison’s lulling exercise only works if the country is prepared to suspend its collective disbelief Campaign launches always deliver clues about how election contests are travelling, so let’s take a look at Sunday. Scott Morrison’s set-piece event was held in Melbourne, the Liberal party’s weakest link. (Hello Victoria. How we love you.) The second […]