Coalition’s tax plan would benefit men almost twice as much as women, analysis finds | Australia news

The Coalition’s plan to flatten tax brackets for middle to high income earners will provide twice as much benefit to men than women, a new analysis has found. The analysis by the Australia Institute, released on Monday, found that in 2024-25, the first year of the controversial third stage of the government’s tax plan, men […]

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Keneally backs medevac laws after Dutton claims Labor may help repeal bill | Australia news

Kristina Keneally has reaffirmed Labor’s support for the medevac legislation after Peter Dutton claimed the opposition is looking to repeal or amend the law which facilitates medical transfers from offshore detention. On Sunday the home affairs minister said that more than 30 people have come to Australia under the medevac bill and gave new details […]

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Coalition has put Labor in a tight spot over tax cuts but it faces risks too | Australia news

The finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has warned the crossbench there will be no wheeling and dealing to pass the government’s package on income tax cuts. He would say that, wouldn’t he? How many times have we seen warnings that nothing is to be gained from horse trading and threats to put legislation to a vote […]

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Anthony Albanese insists John Setka will be expelled from Labor despite impasse | Australia news

Anthony Albanese has expressed confidence Victorian unionist John Setka will be expelled from Labor on 5 July despite a stubborn impasse over whether he can be forced to relinquish his union office. On Friday the teachers’ union joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ call for Setka to resign, and the shadow communications minister, Michelle […]

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‘Long live love’: Blanche d’Apulget pays tribute to Bob Hawke in memorial service – politics live | Australia news

To me, this tells the greatest of stories. It speaks of pop’s values of fairness and equality and his love and his faith in the brotherhood of mankind. It speaks of true leadership and his willingness to be unpopular and to listen to unpopular truths. Thirty years ago I sat by his knee and he […]

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Coalition to use Labor’s planned expulsion of John Setka to crack down on unions | Australia news

The Coalition is preparing to use the push to remove Victorian unionist John Setka from the Labor party to pressure the Senate to pass laws further punishing unions for breaching laws that restrict industrial action. The move comes as a new paper from the Centre for Future Work argues unions should not abandon political campaigns […]

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Coalition unlikely to get full tax cut package passed, key crossbencher says | Australia news

The Centre Alliance senator Stirling Griff says it is “most unlikely” the Coalition will be able to pass its full income tax cut package in the first week of July when parliament returns, and has joined Labor’s call for the government to split the legislation. Griff, who is one of two key crossbench senators in […]

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PM ‘concerned’ that Mike Pezzullo allegedly tried to silence senator after AFP media raids | Australia news

Scott Morrison has labelled it “concerning” that home affairs department secretary Mike Pezzullo allegedly attempted to silence a senator’s criticism of the government’s handling of press freedom. Pezzullo has strongly rejected the suggestion he sought to intimidate Centre Alliance’s Rex Patrick, but acknowledged that he asked him to reflect on his “unfounded” comments in the […]

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‘Big stick’ energy bill: Coalition MP wants economy-wide power to break up big companies | Australia news

The Nationals MP Keith Pitt has broken ranks to endorse a push by the Centre Alliance to legislate an economy-wide power to break up big companies when the Morrison government’s controversial “big stick” energy package returns to parliament in July. The Queensland National, who has been one of the most vocal advocates of the “big […]

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Labor and ACTU accused of ‘pathetic’ response to union boss John Setka’s Rosie Batty comments | Australia news

The ACTU and the Labor party leadership are under pressure over what an anti-domestic violence campaigner described as their “pathetic” response to a union official who claimed Rosie Batty was harming men’s rights. The prominent Victorian secretary of the CFMMEU, John Setka, has claimed he was “taken out of context” following an Age story that […]

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