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Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has outlined his vision for Australia in his Budget reply speech, vowing to cut migration and crack down on knife crime.
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What’s in the Opposition Budget Reply?

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has outlined his vision in his Budget reply speech, vowing to cut migration and crack down on knife crime.

The Government wants to become a "renewable energy superpower" in a plan known as the 'Future Made in Australia'.
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WTF is the Government’s ‘Future Made in Australia’ plan?

The Government wants to become a “renewable energy superpower” in a plan known as the ‘Future Made in Australia’.

Young people will get some energy, rent, and income support help from the Federal Government's 2024 Budget.
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What’s in the budget for young people?

Young people will get some energy, rent, and income support help from the Federal Government’s 2024 Budget.

Tonight, Treasurer Jim Chalmers delivered the 2024 Federal Budget.
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Everything you need to know about the 2024 Federal Budget

The Government, led by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, has two big decisions to make: what to spend money on, and where to get that money from.

Explaining the ban on live sheep exports
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Everything you need to know about live exports

University and Government officials have met in Canberra to discuss proposed changes to the higher education sector, including limits on international student numbers across Australian universities.
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Govt proposes limiting international student numbers

It’s part of a broader strategy to reduce the migration rate.

A group of Labor MPs say they’re concerned about the environmental impacts of the Federal Government’s new energy plan.
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Labor MPs raise concerns about Govt’s gas strategy

The Government released its “Future Gas Strategy” last week,
outlining how it plans to use gas for the “economy’s transition to net zero”.

The Government v Social Media
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Why does the Government want to change social media?

Tomorrow, the Government will release its key economic document. What is the Federal Budget? And what's in it?
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What is the Federal Budget?

Tomorrow, the Government will release its key economic document. What is the Federal Budget? And what’s in it?

Endometriosis treatment changes
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Butler announces changes to endometriosis support

Endometriosis treatment changes will be added from July 2025, under an announcement from Health Minister Mark Butler.

The High Court has thrown out an appeal by an Iranian asylum seeker trying to avoid deportation.
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The High Court has blocked an Iranian asylum seeker’s appeal to be released from detention

The High Court has thrown out an appeal by an Iranian asylum seeker trying to avoid deportation, known as ‘ASF17’.

The Government will launch a parliamentary committee to investigate the “influence and impacts of social media on Australian society”.
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Govt launches parliamentary committee investigating social media

The inquiry will examine a raft of issues including the mental health impact of social media algorithms and the spread of illegal content online.

Lobbying review
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Senate’s proposed lobbyist reforms criticised

A review into lobbying at Parliament House has found that current rules haven’t kept pace with the growth of the billion-dollar industry.

A Senate inquiry into supermarkets has recommended making price gouging illegal.
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Price gouging should be illegal, according to a supermarkets inquiry

A Senate inquiry into how supermarkets set their prices has recommended making price gouging illegal to stop unfair cost increases.

Placement students will be eligible for $320 payments while they complete mandatory work experience.
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Federal Government to pay for practical placements

Teaching, nursing, midwifery, and social work students will be eligible for $320 payments while they complete their placement.

HECS debts wiped
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Billions in student debts to be wiped under HECS overhaul

Billions of dollars in HECS debts will be wiped by the Federal Government as part of an overhaul of the national student debt system.

How is the Government combatting the domestic violence crisis?
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How is the Government combatting the domestic violence crisis?

The Federal Government has announced new measures to tackle the surge of violence against women.
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The Government’s new plan to address gender-based violence against women

The Federal Government has announced a raft of measures to address violence against women, as concerns mount for women’s safety.

What is the state of the Australian economy?
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What is the state of the Australian economy?

Pauline Hanson's accused of using hate speech against Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi.
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Pauline Hanson’s hate speech trial has begun

Pauline Hanson has been accused of using hate speech against Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi in a 2022 social media post.

The Federal Government is calling for public feedback on ways to improve online safety.
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How can the Government improve online safety?

It’s released an “issues paper” including proposals to safeguard Australians from the threats of technologies like deepfakes and AI.

A national crisis meeting will be held to address the rising rates of gender-based violence in Australia.
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Australian leaders to hold crisis meeting on gender-based violence

High rates of gender-based violence against women has been declared a “national crisis”, prompting an emergency meeting of key figures.

HECs debts are due to soar by 4.8% unless the Government changes the way the debts are calculated.
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HECS indexation 2024: student debt could rise 4.8% in June

HECs debt could increase 4.8% based on the way it is currently calculated, unless the Federal Government changes indexation methods.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister James Marape have begun a two-day hike of the Kokoda Track.
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Anthony Albanese is hiking the Kokoda Track. What is it?

The pair will walk only part of the track, beginning in Kokoda and ending in the village of Isurava, where a dawn service will be held on ANZAC Day. Albanese is the first PM to walk Kokoda while in office.

Australia's biggest vape seizure
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Largest vape seizure in Australia’s history

Australia’s biggest vape seizure has amassed nearly 500,000 illegally imported vapes, worth about $15 million in street value.

Job-sharing politicians
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Job-sharing political candidates want an Australian first

Job-sharing politicians would allow greater skillsets and perspectives in Canberra, according to two women making the push for parliament.

What does the future of music festivals look like?
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What does the future of music festivals look like?

AUKUS is considering working with Japan as part of the military partnership.
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Is Japan joining AUKUS? Maybe not, but it could get involved

AUKUS defence ministers have released a statement noting Japan could become involved in the military partnership. Here’s what that means.

The Government's response to the ADHD inquiry has been delayed by more than two months
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Government response to the ADHD inquiry is two months overdue

A report recommended sweeping changes to the way ADHD is diagnosed and treated in Australia. Five months on, the Government hasn’t responded.

WA boat arrival
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Here’s what we know about the second WA boat arrival this year

A second boat has arrived in remote WA this year carrying suspected asylum seekers, which has set off a political brawl.

Australian supermarkets
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Billion-dollar fines under supermarket proposal

Australian supermarkets could face billions of dollars in penalties for severe abuses of power, under a new proposal tabled on Monday.

The Federal Government said it's concerned about restraint clauses creeping into young people's job contracts
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What are restraint clauses and how do they affect young workers?

Assistant Treasury Minister Andrew Leigh has raised concerns about an increase in the use of restraint clauses by employers — e.g “non-compete” or “no-poach” agreements.

Samantha Mostyn has been announced as Australia's next Governor-General
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Samantha Mostyn will be Australia’s new Governor-General

Today, PM Albanese announced lawyer and businesswoman Samantha Mostyn will replace David Hurley as Australia’s new Governor-General from July.

draft national autism strategy
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Draft National Autism Strategy released by Aus Govt

Improved social and economic inclusion and health support for Autistic people were among the key outcome areas the draft strategy hopes to address.

The Federal Government has introduced reforms to the NDIS following a review that recommended an overhaul of the scheme
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Why have proposed NDIS reforms stirred controversy?

The Federal Government has introduced reforms to the NDIS following a review that recommended an overhaul of the scheme

New immigration laws would make it easier to deport non-citizens
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New immigration laws would make it easier to deport non-citizens

The Federal Government has introduced laws making it easier for authorities to deport non-citizens and expand the immigration minister’s powers.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will ask the Fair Work Commission to raise minimum wages in line with inflation
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The Government wants minimum wages to rise with inflation

Treasurer Jim Chalmers will ask the Fair Work Commission to lift the minimum wage in line with inflation this year.

alrc discrimination law
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ALRC gives govt advice on anti-discrimination law

public transport accessibility
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Public transport accessibility standards for people with disability

The Federal Government has announced new accessibility standards for public transport aimed at better supporting Australians with disability.

crossbench political donations
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Crossbench political donations reform could force real-time disclosures

A group of crossbench federal politicians are calling for political donations to be more tightly regulated.

Australia has restored $6 million of funding to UNRWA in Gaza
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Australia has resumed funding to UN aid agency (UNRWA) in Gaza

Australia has restored funding to UNRWA in Gaza after a temporary pause, over allegations UN workers were linked to Hamas.

NT schools fully funded
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All NT public schools will be ‘fully funded’ by 2029

Today’s announcement means all public schools in the NT are expected to meet the SRS by 2029.

Will a string of inquiries into Australia's supermarkets bring down the cost of groceries?
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Will multiple inquiries into supermarkets make groceries cheaper?

Several inquiries are underway into the practices of Australia’s supermarkets, and how they set the prices of groceries.

Northern Territory housing deal
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Federal govt signs Northern Territory housing deal

The Federal Government has agreed to a 10-year, $4 billion Northern Territory housing deal that hopes to halve the number of overcrowded homes in remote areas.

The Greens have released a housing policy, promising to build 610,000 in a decade
Politics

Is the Greens new housing plan feasible?

The Greens have released their housing policy promising to build, sell, and rent 610,000 properties over the next decade

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