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Federal Government

Does Christian Porter pass the 'pub test'?

The 'pub test' has become a critical judgement of our politicians. Does Christian Porter's recent use of a blind trust to fund a legal case cut it?

Retirement Income

Federal government super fund proposal a 'slush fund', say critics

Liberal MP Andrew Bragg reignites the debate on the creation of a 'nationalised' superannuation fund.

Federal Government

Experts tell why migration may not be the best economic play

The federal government is already looking to refuel Australia's population with a steady flow of migrants. Experts tell why this may not be best for our economy.

Federal Government

Federation 'ill-equipped' to deal with 21st-century challenges

Federal politics is too short-sighted and shallow to deal with 21st-century challenges, a leading group of academics have warned.

Federal Government

Nationals' Barnaby Joyce warns against being 'forced into a corner'

Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce says his party won't be "forced into a corner" on the government's proposed pathway to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as the date of a global climate conference approaches.

Health news

Public hospitals in cycle of crisis, AMA warns

A report from the Australian Medical Association explains that the funding formula for hospitals fails to arrest the steady decline of hospital performance.

Federal Government

Australia becoming a 'dumping ground' for polluting cars

Australia has resisted signing up to standards that would require more stringent restrictions on pollutants in petrol.

Federal Government

Zali Steggall says lies in political ads are legal. Is she correct?

With an election looming and misinformation seemingly rife, concerns have been raised over the prospect of misleading political advertising.

Health news

Ambulance ramping a symptom of health system in distress

Long lines of ambulances idling outside hospitals have shocked the public in recent news reports.

Federal Government

Morrison's integrity watchdog would be Australia's weakest

More than 1000 days after promising a federal anti-corruption body, the government looks likely to create one, but it is already under fire for being too weak.

Aged Care

Most aged care homes would fail minimum staffing standards

The government's commitment to mandate minimum staffing levels in residential aged care homes by 2023 seems a long way off.

Federal Government

Calls for scrutiny of Canberra's $1 billion spent on 'secret reports'

A new paper reveals the federal government is spending more than $1 billion per year on private consultancy firms.

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