Bureaucratic shake-up likely to see Jan Adams replace Kathryn Campbell as Foreign Affairs and Trade boss

Bureaucratic shake-up likely to see Jan Adams replace Kathryn Campbell as Foreign Affairs and Trade boss

Bureaucrats in Canberra are expecting a shake-up of top jobs, with the head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) expected to be replaced due to her role in the robodebt scandal. Key points: Labor was opposed Kathryn Campbell appointment as DFAT boss last year Jan Adams is a career diplomat, having been the ambassador … Read more

Bushfire swings went both ways in Gilmore poll, but Andrew Constance still can’t save it from here

Bushfire swings went both ways in Gilmore poll, but Andrew Constance still can’t save it from here

It was the tightest federal election contest in the country, but while the count is still continuing the electoral commission has declared Labor incumbent Fiona Phillips the winner in Gilmore. Key points: Fiona Phillips retained her seat in one of the closest election races in the country Gilmore candidates both saw big swings towards them in bushfire-affected areas … Read more

Liberals in the ACT ‘have a lot of soul-searching to do’ as David Pocock looks likely to secure Senate seat

Liberals in the ACT ‘have a lot of soul-searching to do’ as David Pocock looks likely to secure Senate seat

As David Pocock looks set to oust Zed Seselja and become the first ACT senator from a minor party, former Liberal chief minister Kate Carnell says her party has many lessons to learn. Key points: Independent David Pocock is set to unseat ACT Liberal senator Zed Seselja Former Liberal ACT chief minister Kate Carnell says her party needs … Read more

Federal election 2022: Who are the winners and losers?

Federal election 2022: Who are the winners and losers?

Australia has a new government and potentially a new approach to federal politics as Greens and independents became the story of the 2022 election.  Winner: Anthony Albanese Labor leader and incoming prime minister Anthony Albanese smiles while speaking after the 2022 federal election.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty) After 26 years in parliament and just six in … Read more

Sturt Liberal MP James Stevens neck-and-neck with Labor’s Sonja Baram, as Premier celebrates Boothby win

Sturt Liberal MP James Stevens neck-and-neck with Labor’s Sonja Baram, as Premier celebrates Boothby win

The two-party preferred vote is swapping back and forth in what had been the safe seat of Sturt, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.  Key points: Liberal James Stevens has about the same vote as Labor in Sturt The Premier has congratulated Labor candidate Louise Miller-Frost for winning in Boothby A new Greens senator has been elected … Read more

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted

The Prime Minister has used his last appearance before voting closes to confirm an unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted on its way to Australia.  Speaking after casting his ballot in his home electorate of Cook in Sydney, Mr Morrison told journalists reports of an interception were correct.  “I can confirm that there’s … Read more

The Australian election map has been lying to you

The Australian election map has been lying to you

It’s almost election day, which for you means it’s time to vote, if you haven’t already. And, for us, it means it’s time to show you how Australia votes. That usually leads us all to start spending a lot of time looking at maps. However, in a country such as Australia, mapping the vote does not always work so well. So, … Read more

No more federal funding pledged for Wyangala Dam’s expansion, despite a major cost blowout

No more federal funding pledged for Wyangala Dam’s expansion, despite a major cost blowout

The federal government has refused to say whether it will commit the extra funding needed for one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects.  Key points: Nationals MP stops short of committing more funding to expand Wyangala Dam near Cowra  The multi-million-dollar water security project has not featured in the federal election campaign Other candidates contesting Riverina … Read more

Coalition unveils policy to encourage older Australians to move into smaller homes

Coalition unveils policy to encourage older Australians to move into smaller homes

Pensioners, self-funded retirees and working older Australians are being offered new financial incentives to sell their family home earlier and downsize to something smaller. Key points: Scott Morrison will announce the policy at the Liberal campaign launch in Brisbane on Sunday The policy will extend a tax break that allows certain proceeds from a home sale to … Read more

Labor promises cash payments to entice high achievers to study teaching

Labor promises cash payments to entice high achievers to study teaching

Labor will pay students who get an ATAR of 80 or over up to $12,000 a year if they decide to study an education degree, as part of its plan to boost teaching standards and reduce teacher shortages if elected. Key points: The cash will be offered to 1,000 students a year over five years … Read more