Labor is calling on the Turnbull government to extend the temporary budget deficit levy, saying if it is removed it will give millionaires a $16,400 tax cut despite the deficit reaching $37 BILLION, writes Gareth Hutchens.

Labor attacks Coalition's abolition of deficit levy as a tax cut for millionaires
''Late last Friday, Australia’s Treasury quietly released a nifty statistic. It revealed that government gross debt is now $483,080,000,000.00. That’s $483.1 billion.

Of this, $213.1 billion has been added by the Coalition since the 2013 election. This is more than the Labor governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard added in their six years and nine months.

In other words, the Abbott and...
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Coalition doubles Labor's debt – in less than four years | The New Daily
Support for the Turnbull government has crashed, according to the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll, and Labor now holds a thumping 10-point lead over the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote, writes James Massola.

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Support for Turnbull government crashes
Richard Denniss, chief economist at The Australia Institute think tank, says penalty rate cuts will lead to lost personal income tax revenue and higher welfare costs for the government.

Penalty rate cuts could blow $650m hole in federal budget
Eight o’clock on Tuesday morning, four Liberal moderates met with Malcolm Turnbull. The prime minister was apprehensive about the visit. It looked like a delegation that was about to inform him they would cross the floor and defeat the government if he wanted to legislate changes to the wording of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

His fears were well based. The day...
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The Racial Discrimination Act’s section 18c charade
Not a single Indigenous person or representative was invited to speak at today's hearing into the Government's changes to race-hate laws.

In fact, representatives from the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) who were onsite and ready to be involved were barred from giving evidence.

Shameful. ????
A voluntary snail-mail poll to decide on the future of marriage? Being a MONUMENTALLY STUPID IDEA, of course Peter Dutton is in favour of it. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needs to understand that if the Liberals won't do the right thing and have a free vote in parliament, they had better be ready to be swept aside at the next election for a government that will.

Official advice sought for postal ballot on same-sex marriage
Last week, Prime Minister Mr Turnbull, for the first time, offered explicit government support for a cut to penalty rates.

Turnbull government backs penalty-rate cuts for low paid workers
Where are we now with the ministerial career of attorney general George Brandis? At least on grounds of obfuscation you’d think by now he’d either be safely out of harms way on the backbench or an assistant at the Quilpie council library, writes Richard Ackland.

Brandis' teflon is wearing thin. The Bell Group fiasco is the political story to watch | Richard Ackland
Even after a week such as this, when the PM took another hit to his withered credentials by “strengthening” race discrimination laws by weakening them, the conservatives simply pocketed the win and moved on to the next “pressing” issue, writes Paula Matthewson.

Question remains: Does Turnbull have the right stuff?
Gillian Triggs has blasted the Turnbull government's "highly unsatisfactory" and "curious" changes to Australia's race hate laws, warning they were being rushed through and could harm minorities.

Gillian Triggs slams Malcolm Turnbull's 'highly unsatisfactory' 18C race law changes
"These failures can be traced, in large measure, to the fact that the government is beholden to right-wing anti-science activists in its own ranks and in the media."

'Just crazy': Twin blasts for Turnbull government over energy and climate policy
Having relented to the conservatives and the libertarian zealots on 18C, the PM must now pray that the price of placating them is worth it, writes Andrew Probyn.

Malcolm Turnbull 'moves on' from 18C, but at what cost?
The next election is going to be far more difficult for the government, which now has a one-seat majority. No wonder Joyce is obsessed with the bread and butter, writes Michelle Grattan.

Grattan on Friday: Barnaby Joyce is telling the government to listen to politics in the pub
Barry Cassidy suggests Malcolm Turnbull backflipped on 18C changes to avert civil war in the Liberal Party - but the fact that such an ideological fringe issue, which most Australians don't want tampered with, is what Coalition MPs consider a pressing issue right now just shows how out of touch and unfit to govern they are. The Australian people want a government that LISTENS, not a government...
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Opposition leader Bill Shorten MP said the Liberal Party should put Pauline Hanson's One Nation last on how to vote cards. "If Malcolm Turnbull thinks One Nation is helping ISIS, he should stop helping One Nation get elected," Mr Shorten said.

'You are doing what ISIS wants': Malcolm Turnbull slams Pauline Hanson over Muslim ban
Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert will be hauled before a corruption inquiry into claims of dodgy political donations in Queensland.

Turnbull government MP Stuart Robert called before corruption inquiry
"If Senator Brandis has nothing to hide then it should be a simple process for him to answer those questions," committee chair Labor's Louise Pratt said.

Inquiry angry Brandis coy over Bell Group
The fallout over 18C puts the Liberal Party at odds with mainstream conservatism, writes Nick Dyrenfurth.

Once were conservatives
“I want you to know that is what it’s like to be at the bottom of the crap pile, through no fault of our own, for many of us,” Senator Jacqui Lambie told the Senate. “For you to take more money off those people, you have no idea how bloody tough it is for those people. What you are doing is shameful and if you really realised the damage you are continually doing to that part of society you...
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Jacqui Lambie Ripped Into Pauline Hanson For Supporting The Liberal Party’s Welfare Cuts