Progressive activist group GetUp has been declared independent of political parties.

The Department of Home Affairs says “urgent” circumstances led it to award a $400 million contract in a closed tender, but denies it was “desperate”.

The Federal Government says it is cracking down on “sneaky” late power payment fees.

Some big names in Australian tech have called for urgent changes to controversial anti-encryption laws.

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government is committed to its “big stick” energy policy, despite choosing not to bring it on for a vote in parliament.

A former ATO deputy commissioner has been found not guilty of misusing his position to benefit his son.

Harsher penalties for corporate crooks could be on the way.

The Federal Government did not run an open tender process for $423 million worth of contracts for security Manus Island.

There are calls for an inquiry into a $10 million taxpayer-funded investment in a Northern Territory bottled water company.

An inquiry has found the Federal Government should delay its plan to restrict R&D incentives.

The peak mining lobby says Australia’s resources sector is becoming too over-regulated to invest in.

A new Federal Government plan will see migrants fast-tracked to regional areas.

Mining labour firm WorkPac has been hit with an estimated $84 million class action.

A NSW court has ruled out a new coal mine on climate change grounds.

Reports say a close ally of PM Scott Morrison helped finalise Australia $50 billion submarine deal.

Optus has been fined $10 million for misleading customers over digital purchases.

A former AMP contractor has pleaded guilty to illegally access of personal details of customers.

Federal Labor wants an inquiry into potential leaks of the banking royal commission report.

CSIRO has raised concerns that Australia is overstating its emissions reductions.

There are calls for Liberal MP Tim Wilson to be sacked following alleged conflicts of interest over an inquiry into a Labor policy.

The Federal Government is looking to tax celebrities, sportspeople and entrepreneurs on money earned through their “fame or image”, but could face some challenges.

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