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Monday, 1st May 2017

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Inflation doesn't worry the central bank

Inflation appears under control, so the central bank is unlikely to cut official interest rate when its board meets on the first Tuesday in August.

Gillard lacks courage on NDIS: Newman

Campbell Newman has confirmed reports he had offered to back the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) if it was paid for by the pay-as-you-go tax system.

Police probe resolved soon: MP Vasta

Queensland coalition MP Ross Vasta says he is looking forward to a speedy resolution of a federal police probe into a private matter.

'Important win' for disabled, Gillard says

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she is confident there will now be launch sites for the NDIS in Victoria and NSW.

Historian's daughter takes on Wilkie

Anna Reynolds, daughter of Henry and Margaret Reynolds, will be the Greens candidate to take on independent Andrew Wilkie in the federal seat of Denison.

Sell-off of two NSW ports move forward

The $2 billion plan to privatise two NSW ports will go ahead, Treasure Mike Baird says.

Abbott maintains US has defence concerns

Opposition leader Tony Abbott won't talk about specifics but maintains US officials are concerned about Australia's lower defence spending.

NSW to provide $35 million for NDIS

The NSW government says it will contribute $35 million towards a trial of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Caltex closure out of my hands: O'Farrell

The move to close the Caltex oil refinery in Sydney was two years in the making, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says.

Vic, NSW cave on NDIS trial benchmark

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed fresh bids by NSW and Victoria to host National Disability Insurance Scheme trial sites.

Tony Burke denies leadership coup plans

Labor minister backs Prime Minister Julia Gillard and scuttles ongoing speculation their colleagues are moving to re-install Kevin Rudd.

Queensland Rail bonuses frozen

Queensland Rail bonuses will only be paid where they are required under contracts set up by Labor, the transport minister says.

UN to decide on arms trade treaty

Australia will lead the final diplomatic push at the UN for a treaty to restrict sales of guns and weapons around the world.

Coalition to target senior Labor MPs

The coalition is aiming to cripple the Labor Party at the next federal election by running well-resourced candidates against potential Labor leaders.

Govt must stop illegal logging: opposition

The NSW opposition has called on the O'Farrell government to put an end to illegal logging and protect forests.

Boat intercepted off Christmas Island

Authorities have intercepted a boat carrying a suspected 52 asylum seekers off the West Australian coast on Thursday.

Jenkins not pushed from Speaker's chair

Retiring MP Harry Jenkins says he resigned as Speaker because he was worried about Labor's numbers, not because he was pushed.

Simple NDIS help will bring happiness

Tasmanian disability advocates have popped champagne on the lawns outside parliament to celebrate the state's NDIS trial.

Chinese state investment okay: WA premier

West Australian premier Colin Barnett says state-owned enterprises are the only Chinese firms large enough to invest in Australia.