NBN cost blowout

New NBN estimates have blown out by $8 billion, as well as projecting a diminished return on investment from 5.3 per cent down to 3.5 per cent.


An end of tax breaks for the rich?

In a rare show of bipartisan support, Labor has offered to support the cash-strapped Liberals in a crackdown on the superannuation incomes of the super rich.


Abbott safe as PM, for now

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll results have allowed Tony Abbott to breathe a sigh of relief as the Coalition made up significant ground in the two-party preferred vote.


NBN Senate Inquiry to be disbanded

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi is set to introduce a motion into the Senate today to disband the current NBN Senate Inquiry. The motion is expected to pass.


Call to drop GP fee for pensioners

Terry Barnes, former policy consultant to Tony Abbott and the person responsible for recommending a GP fee to the Commission of Audit, came out yesterday and suggested that payments to carers and pensioners should be increased to soften the impact of the fee. This compensation could come in the form of a “one-off adjustment of $70,” said Mr Barnes.

Holden to pull out of Australia

Holden boss Mike Devereux announced yesterday that the company will stop manufacturing cars in Australia by the end of 2017. n n


Federal debt ceiling removed

A deal between the Coalition and the Greens will see the removal of the Federal Government’s debt ceiling.


Labor are new favourites

The most rapid recovery ever achieved by a Federal Opposition after losing an election


Treasury urges debt limit increase

Treasury has urged the parliament to stop playing politics and to lift the debt ceiling immediately.

Coalition's late election costings

Joe Hockey is expected to release the Coalition’s election costings today

Can we trust the polls?

Are Neilson and Newspoll giving inaccurate polling results?

The cigarette tax

In Friday’s mini-budget, the Federal Government plans to announce a 50 per cent increase in the excise on cigarettes, to be introduced evenly over four years.

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