Nothing new in Coalition’s nuclear awakening. No, wait, perhaps there is | Katharine Murphy | Australia news

Fair warning before we kick off this weekend. Increasingly, I’m reaching that stage of my professional life where I can be heard muttering, and sometimes shouting, I’m too bloody old for this. My long-suffering colleagues in the Canberra bureau of Guardian Australia have absorbed bouts of muttering and shouting over the past few weeks as […]

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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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Australia’s standing in Pacific has plummeted because of our climate change failure | Dermot O’Gorman | Environment

Scott Morrison flew to the Solomon Islands last weekend to “show our Pacific step-up in action” but this policy will fail if his government doesn’t take meaningful action on climate change. A successful step-up must include stopping our own pollution, defending the sovereignty of our friends in the Pacific and offering a safety net to […]

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Post-election research shows 11% of voters made up their mind on polling day | Australia news

Almost half of voters, 48%, had made their choice about which party they were voting for well before Scott Morrison fired the starter’s gun for the federal election in April, and 11% made up their minds on May 18, according to a post-election review by Essential. More than a quarter of voters in the sample, […]

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Tony Abbott gets $90,000 raise on backbencher’s salary now he’s a retired PM | Australia news

All former prime ministers will be eligible for taxpayer-funded international travel under rule changes made by Scott Morrison – a privilege previously only extended to Malcolm Turnbull. The changes allow Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, John Howard and Paul Keating to apply to the current prime minister for approval for themselves and a spouse […]

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Australia to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 without government intervention, analysis finds | Australia news

Australia is on track to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030 even without new federal energy policies, according to modelling by the energy analysts RepuTex. The analysis, to be released on Wednesday, suggests that a surge in renewable energy driven by state schemes and rooftop solar installations will reduce wholesale prices from $85 per MWh […]

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Scott Morrison to sell Pacific ‘step up’ on Solomons visit as pressure builds over climate | Australia news

Australia is set to sound out the Solomon Islands on its infrastructure wish list and pitch its new Pacific investment bank, amid growing concerns over Chinese regional influence and debt-trap diplomacy. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is expected to arrive in the capital, Honiara, on Sunday for a day-and-a-half bilateral visit before he heads to […]

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Aboriginal groups welcome Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians | Australia news

Praise, hope and high expectation have followed the appointment of Noongar man Ken Wyatt as minister for Indigenous Australians in the new Morrison government. Wyatt is the first Aboriginal person to hold the federal ministry, and the first Aboriginal person to sit in cabinet. In a statement Wyatt said he was “incredibly honoured to be […]

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Scott Morrison dumps Melissa Price as environment minister as new-look ministry revealed | Australia news

Scott Morrison has unveiled his new-look ministry, breaking his commitment to retain Melissa Price as environment minister and replacing her with Sussan Ley. Morrison said Price had “asked for a new challenge” and would now serve as defence industry minister. Ley will be one of a record seven women in cabinet, including the first ever […]

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Election lessons from regional Australia: why Labor got the push in the bush | Australia news

Contemptible. Stupid. Dipshits. Morons. Fools and worse. While there were patches of dissent, rural seats largely stuck with the Coalition in last week’s election, and the torrent of abuse for country people on social media was predictable. But after a week of rage and reflection, it’s more useful to pick apart why the Morrison government […]

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