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Beers and good faith: How a little-known senator will broker our future

“The first rule is we will never vote for something that we don’t agree with,” Patrick says. “And we will always vote for something that we have a strong agreement with.” When legislation is grey, things get interesting. “There might be some benefits in the piece of legislation or some …

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European nationalists expected to make gains as vote puts EU’s future in balance

There will be 28 states in total who vote, in what is the world’s biggest democratic exercise after India. Right-wing populists top opinion polls in two of the big four member states – Italy and supposedly exiting Britain – and could also win in France, rattling centrist President Macron’s pro-Union …

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CBD Melbourne: Surfing towards new ventures

Greg took over the helm of the Skilled Group in 2004 from his father, a BRW Rich List stalwart, and led the group until 2010, when he stepped down following three years of falling earnings. Since then, he’s kept east coast property market cogs turning, offloading a succession of residential …

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Dodgy power companies to meet their match, says Labor

Criminal penalties are also being hiked to $1 million for misleading or deceptive conduct by energy retailers and power companies that systematically and wrongfully disconnect households. Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the commitments in Monday’s budget make good on election promises, with the government’s Energy Fairness Plan also giving the …

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State budget needs to err on side of caution

Today’s Victorian budget appears set to be a sombre recital of excuses for unexpectedly big revenue shortfalls and for tax increases not presaged in Labor’s landslide victory late last year. But the likely surplus of spin won’t hide the core truth that the state government only has itself (and its …

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Bittersweet victory for new Labor MP Peta Murphy

She said winning the seat named after Louisa Dunkley, an early campaigner for equal pay for women, was timely as attention focussed on women’s representation in Parliament and their treatment during the cut and thrust of politics. Loading “That resonated pretty strongly across the electorate,” she said. Labor’s finance spokeswoman …

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Morrison pledges recognition but will take ‘as long as needed’

Mr Morrison said “my priorities for Indigenous Australians are to ensure Indigenous kids are in school and getting an education, that young Indigenous Australians are not taking their own lives and that there are real jobs for Indigenous Australians so they can plan for their future with confidence like any …

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VRC considers upgrade and prizemoney boost for Melbourne Cup qualifier

After watching Steel Prince and Surprise Baby produce a stirring two-horse staying battle in the Andrew Ramsden Stakes, and the horses’ owners scream themselves hoarse in the Flemington parade ring, VRC racing boss Leigh Jordon declared changes to the race a success and will now seek an upgrade to the …

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This is the day Labor’s spending promises come home to roost

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas.Credit:Eamon Gallagher To make it worse, the Federal Government revealed in its budget that GST revenues are also well down. People are not as keen to consume when house prices tumble. This has cost Victoria another $200 million next financial year, adding more reasons for Treasurer Tim …

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Labor, pollsters got caught in the Canberra media bubble

Illustration: John ShakespeareCredit: The machinery of government just keeps moving on. The week or two over which it happens has members distracted. That’s hardly a crisis. It seemed more dramatic because it came after the Rudd, Gillard, Rudd roundabout and Turnbull’s successful deposing of Abbott. Journalists are in a bind. …

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