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Rob Harris is the national affairs editor for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based at Parliament House in Canberra

Greens leader Adam Bandt distances party from Burnside tweet

Greens leader Adam Bandt distances party from Burnside tweet

The post by former high-profile Greens candidate Julian Burnside likening Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to Nazi Germany drew a fierce backlash from the Jewish community.

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‘List of enemies’: Affordable housing advocates say Labor abandoned them

‘List of enemies’: Affordable housing advocates say Labor abandoned them

Affordable housing advocates say federal Labor has abandoned Australians on low incomes in favour of wealthy landlords.

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Federal Labor set to dump multibillion-dollar cancer and dental pledges
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Federal Labor set to dump multibillion-dollar cancer and dental pledges

Labor is set to swing the axe on its pledges for free cancer treatment and dental care for pensioners in an effort to slimline its election spending promises.

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Labor hopeful withdraws candidacy after party’s tax change

Labor hopeful withdraws candidacy after party’s tax change

Per Capita executive director Emma Dawson announced her decision in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening that she would not contest the seat of Melbourne.

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Out-and-proud diver’s words as important as his medal-winning performance
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Out-and-proud diver’s words as important as his medal-winning performance

Britain’s Tom Daley is not the first gay man to compete nor win gold at the Olympics. But some moments are packed with real meaning.

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A sore point in the ranks: Inside Labor’s tax cut decision
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A sore point in the ranks: Inside Labor’s tax cut decision

After three terms of opposition, it might have appeared obvious Labor should dump two signature policies, but it did not come easy.

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Federal Labor dumps negative gearing policy, backs tax cuts

Federal Labor dumps negative gearing policy, backs tax cuts

Labor went to both the 2016 and 2019 elections promising to halve the 50 per cent capital gains tax deduction and limit negative gearing to new properties only.

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Canberra considers further support for locked down businesses, workers

Canberra considers further support for locked down businesses, workers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg were continually evaluating the rapidly changing economic circumstances.

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Federation fractures once more over coronavirus outbreak
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Federation fractures once more over coronavirus outbreak

After Gladys Berejiklian blindsided Canberra and Daniel Andrews launched metaphorical grenades, the PM did his best to put out spot fires on a “messy” day in politics.

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Morrison says sorry for sluggish vaccine rollout, brings forward pharmacy jabs
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Morrison says sorry for sluggish vaccine rollout, brings forward pharmacy jabs

The PM says he is “sorry” the coronavirus vaccine program missed a series of targets and revealed a fast-tracked plan for pharmacies to deliver vaccinations.

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TAB will not oppose credit card gambling ban, wants new national wagering regulator
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TAB will not oppose credit card gambling ban, wants new national wagering regulator

Federal Parliament is considering an overhaul of gambling laws to ban punters from using credit cards or “digital wallets” for online gambling in Australia.

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