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Tuesday, 19th February 2019

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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.

Barnett's GST claims 'reasonable': Hockey

Colin Barnett's push to change the GST carve-up is very reasonable, opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.

NDIS deal closer as PM puts on pressure

A deal to trial the National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW and Victoria is making progress, says Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Plan needed for ailing car industry: ACTU

ACTU president Ged Kearney has renewed a call for a long-term strategy to keep the car industry afloat in Australia after the loss of another 119 jobs.

Union had hoped Caltex jobs could be saved

The Australian Workers Union will meet with its members to assess the implications of Caltex's decision to close its Kurnell refinery in Sydney's south.

Caltex decision will not hit supply: govt

Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says the closure of Caltex's oil refinery in Sydney will not jeopardise energy supplies.

Underestimate Abbott At Your Own Risk

Okay, he isn't the sort of bloke blokes gravitate to. You wouldn't go out on the town with him for a bit of pollinating.