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Scott Morrison strengthens his policy power, enshrining national cabinet and giving it “laser-like” focus on jobs

Scott Morrison has won support for a major restructure of federal-state architecture which scraps the Council of Australian Governments, enshrines the “national cabinet” permanently, and pares down a plethora of ancillary ministerial bodies. The Prime Minister is shaping the ongoing national cabinet around his government’s central priority of jobs, and

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Government to repay 470,000 unlawful robodebts in what might be Australia’s biggest-ever financial backdown

In a near-complete capitulation, the government will refund every alleged overpayment it has collected from welfare recipients under the discredited “robodebt” system of income averaging. Unveiling the automated system in mid-2016 then treasurer Scott Morrison and social services minister Christian Porter promised more “accurate and appropriate income testing”. They

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Whoever invents a coronavirus vaccine will control the patent – and, importantly, who gets to use it

LINEAR CLINICAL RESEARCH/PR handoutWith research laboratories around the world racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, a unique challenge has emerged: how to balance intellectual property rights with serving the public good. Questions of patent protection and access to those patents has prompted an international group of scientists and

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Politics with Michelle Grattan: Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on saving Australia’s tourism and construction industries

As Australia slowly emerges from isolation, the nation’s economy is reopening, and even looking rather better than expected. But Australia still faces grim months ahead as unemployment numbers grow and the true extent of business survival rates emerge. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described the economic data as sobering when he

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