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Tuesday, 22nd May 2018

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Crackdown on public at Qld parliament

Queensland's Speaker of the House Fiona Simpson has announced a crackdown on people who want to visit the public gallery.

Swan defends NDIS funding process

Acting Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan has defended the process of how the government intends to fund the NDIS.

New claims on payroll secret documents

Queensland's cabinet secretary says the opposition can release cabinet documents that could help the government sue over the health payroll debacle.

Greens back veto on release of costings

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has weighed into an argument between the coalition and Labor over Greens policy costings.

Emerson defends easing sanctions on Fiji

Sanctions without incentives aren't an effective way to change Fiji's behaviour, Trade Minister Craig Emerson says.

Labor downplays Beazley report card

Senior Labor figures have dismissed reports that former leader and now ambassador Kim Beazley has talked down the government's election hopes.

Slowing business credit could hit growth

Since the start of this year there has been a slowdown in demand for credit by business, a new index has revealed.


Apart from having the sort of head you'd never get tired of kicking, AWU boss Paul Howes' record of protecting workers' interests is abysmal.

Private sector writes govt speeches: Oppn

The federal opposition says the government is getting the private sector to write speeches for ministers and senior officials.

Election still to be won, says Abbott

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has urged federal coalition members not to get ahead of themselves,despite a clear lead in the polls.

Opp'n says Fair Work system flawed

Opposition workplace spokesman Eric Abetz says a move to impose a code of conduct at Fair Work Australia shows the entire system is flawed.

Vic rail tunnel funding in doubt

Pork-barrelling could cost Victoria funding for the Melbourne metropolitan rail tunnel, a senior transport bureaucrat has suggested.

'Peepshow' of payroll bungle legal advice

Queensland's health minister says he will only be given a sneak peek at documents that could help the government sue over the payroll debacle.

HSU overseer freezes accounts

The administrator of the Health Services Union's embattled East branch has frozen its accounts and brought in independent financial advisers.

Abbott happy with frontbench line-up

Tony Abbott says he's focused on winning the next election rather than discussing Mal Brough's chances of returning to the frontbench.

PNG logs going to foreign interests

An estimated 5.1 million hectares of Papua New Guinea's customary land has been given to mostly foreign-owned companies under special leases.

PM not fair on states over NDIS: Abbott

A well-managed economy will enable the federal government to pay for the national disability insurance scheme, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.

NZ inequality growing: report

A new report on inequality in New Zealand shows a widening gap between European and Maori and Pacific Island families.

NZ PM to vote in favour of gay marriage

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't have a problem with gay marriage as it doesn't affect his marriage to wife Bronagh.