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No more Swedish tap mixers: Stamp duty reform aims for economic boost

When the ensuite off your bedroom features Italian marble, a rainfall shower head and a double basin with the best Swedish tap mixers on the market, it's not a sign of your innate tastes in bathroom luxury. It's probably more evidence that the tax system, specifically stamp duties, are warping our approach to property. NSW is making significant changes to stamp duty.Credit:Paul Rovere NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet's plan to ultim..

Chief investigator appointed to probe alleged Australian war crimes

A special investigator will be appointed to prosecute alleged war crimes committed by Australian special forces soldiers in Afghanistan, as the Australian government considers its response to a four-year investigation into the allegations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force's report, to be released next week in a redacted form, will be "difficult and hard news for Australians". Prime Mini..

Morrison and Biden speak about COVID-19 and emissions in first call

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and United States President-elect Joe Biden have spoken about how Australia tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of carbon emissions reduction technology. Amid doubts over the transfer of power from President Donald Trump, Mr Morrison and Mr Biden had a phone call on Thursday morning in which they also discussed the US-Australia alliance and defence ties. Prime Minister Scott Morrison: "There are no grea..

‘Fake redundancy’: Adviser says Michaelia Cash forced her out

A formal complaint against Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has accused her of running a "fake redundancy" process to force an adviser out of her office without fair warning or grounds for removal. The minister’s former senior adviser, Rachelle Miller, says she was punished because of her affair with another minister, Alan Tudge, to the point where her career was blocked while others prospered. Michaelia Cash has been accused her of running a "..

Tasmania to take hundreds of stranded Australians

More Qantas flights will be sent overseas to collect stranded Australians after Tasmania has committed to creating hundreds of hotel quarantine places. The state – which has not been quarantining any returning Australians up until now – has indicated it will increase the nation’s hotel quarantine capacity by 450. Scott Morrison announced the plan to take hundreds of more Australians in Hobart on Saturday.Credit:James Alcock The additional capacit..

Do not cave to China on trade: government MPs hold strong line

Australia must not cave to trade threats from China by sacrificing its principles in the hope of boosting export earnings, federal government MPs have warned amid Labor calls for stronger action to repair ties with Beijing. Liberals and Nationals warned against any shift in national policy in response to the new risks, arguing this would only reward the Chinese effort to use trade as a lever in security and foreign policy. Queensland Coalition MP..

No checks and balances as Holgate takes the high road

Christine Holgate knew her time at Australia Post was up by 2.40pm on October 22. The Prime Minister had just finished delivering an almighty spray in question time, declaring there would be an immediate investigation into her "disgraceful" decision to bestow Cartier watches on four employees almost two years earlier. Under fire: Christine Holgate during a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on October 22.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen "So appalled a..

National Library of Australia admits underpaying casuals almost $250,000

One of the country's major cultural institutions has admitted it failed to properly pay holiday and weekend penalty rates to more than 100 casual staff for two decades to the tune of $245,000. The National Library of Australia has agreed to pay back all the affected workers even if their claims are older than the statute of limitations that bars wage claims more than six years old from the courts. The National Library of Australia has admitt..

Draft law brings national corruption watchdog a step closer

A Commonwealth integrity commission could be set up next year under draft laws released on Monday to launch new consultations on new federal powers to combat corruption. The draft laws offer long-awaited details of the federal scheme amid escalating criticism of the Morrison government for being too slow to create the anti-corruption body it promised two years ago. Attorney-General Christian Porter will reveal the draft laws for a Commonwealth in..

Record exodus out of Melbourne mid-coronavirus pandemic

Melburnians fled the city and moved across state lines in record numbers at the first height of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Victorian capital grappling with its biggest quarterly loss of residents. Greater Melbourne recorded a net loss of 8000 people in the June quarter, compared with 2200 in the three months before, Australian Bureau of Statistics data released on Monday morning shows. It was the biggest quarterly loss since records began..

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