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Barnaby Joyce says future Taiwan visits should include officials or even ministers
Former deputy prime minister thinks it ‘could be smart’ for future delegations to be widened, despite risk of angering China

Helen Davidson in Taipei and Daniel Hurst in Canberra

08, Dec, 2022 @7:28 PM

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Big energy users not holding their breath on national cabinet help amid ‘outrageous’ prices
Companies hoping, but not expecting, Albanese government can implement price caps on gas and coal

Peter Hannam

08, Dec, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Bruce Lehrmann case: police union condemns ‘smears’ against investigators and backs calls for judicial inquiry
ACT prosecutor complained in a letter to police chief he was under pressure from officers not to prosecute the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins

Christopher Knaus

08, Dec, 2022 @9:30 AM

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Victoria’s new Liberal leader: the five things to know about John Pesutto
The former shadow attorney general narrowly won back Hawthorn prior to securing the party’s leadership

Benita Kolovos

08, Dec, 2022 @8:49 AM

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Former social services official told to ‘tone down’ robodebt legal concerns, inquiry hears
Andrew Whitecross says he fiercely criticised the proposal and questioned its legality in the scheme’s initial plan

Luke Henriques-Gomes Social affairs and inequality editor

08, Dec, 2022 @8:41 AM

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Victorian Labor could surpass 2018 ‘Danslide’ after claiming victory in Pakenham
Emma Vulin wins newly created seat in Melbourne’s south-east to equal party’s previous election result

Adeshola Ore and Benita Kolovos

08, Dec, 2022 @7:59 AM

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Andrews on track to surpass 2018 result – as it happened
This blog is now closed

Josh Taylor and Natasha May (earlier)

08, Dec, 2022 @7:50 AM

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David Pocock and the Greens welcome Labor’s environmental reforms but push for more urgent action
Crossbench say government’s response ‘moving in the right direction’ but lacks aspects such as a climate trigger and a pause on logging

Lisa Cox

08, Dec, 2022 @7:47 AM

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Melbourne council moves to abandon Australia Day citizenship ceremonies
Federal government tight-lipped on whether it will allow ceremonies on other dates as Merri-bek council votes on change

Adeshola Ore

08, Dec, 2022 @7:29 AM

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NSW ‘almost ready to sign up’ to coal price cap to provide energy price relief
State’s energy minister, Matt Kean, says ‘It’s not about royalties, it’s all about consumers’, putting pressure on Queensland counterpart

Peter Hannam

08, Dec, 2022 @7:27 AM

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Decriminalising cannabis could save Australian taxpayers $850m a year, report finds
New public health research says Australia’s prohibition approach to marijuana is not keeping pace with global best practice cannabis policy

Melissa Davey Medical editor

08, Dec, 2022 @6:53 AM

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Afternoon Update: explosive allegations about police conduct in Lehrmann case; new Bali travel advice; and King Charles’s first coins
Letter obtained by the Guardian reveals prosecutor’s extraordinary allegations

Antoun Issa

08, Dec, 2022 @5:59 AM

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