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Major flooding threatens towns as Sydney poised for record wet

Sydney is just 27mm of rain away from hitting its wettest year on record; Kieren Perkins has weighed into Essendon’s Andrew Thorburn debacle; follow updates live.

  • Gus McCubbing

Rod Sims on why Australia is ready for higher taxes

Australia has β€˜maxed out’ personal income tax and should reintroduce carbon and mining taxes to fix the federal budget, the former competition watchdog chairman says.

  • Tom McIlroy

Labor to shave income tax cuts, now or later

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has pledged to hound Prime Minister Anthony Albanese every day until the next election if the government breaks its key promise.

  • Phillip Coorey

Government overhauls rules for banks to fight fraud after Optus attack

The transfer of customer data to banks are expected to focus on customers most at risk of having their identity stolen.

  • Andrew Tillett

Glen Le Lievre cartoons for 2022

See all of Glen Le Lievre cartoons for 2022.

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  • Glen Le Lievre

Albanese, Sogavare to hold talks amid China tensions

Manasseh Sogavare will be shielded from journalists’ questions during a flying visit to Canberra on Thursday.

  • Andrew Tillett

Opinion & Analysis

Why has no person of colour ever served on the High Court?

Most Commonwealth countries ask judges to apply for their jobs. Australia effectively relies on good old boys sitting around a table.

Andrew Leigh

Contributor

Quiet Australians must show up and lean into the culture wars

Conservative people have to do more than wait and hope that the socialist wave passes without causing destruction.

Amanda Stoker

Columnist and former senator

Letters: Energy crisis and rising prices

Energy transition: costs and risks, Kevin Rudd responds to Simon Birmingham, Julie Bishop and the teal independents.

Contributor

Change for the fiver a cautionary tale for the republic

King Charles’ head won’t appear on the new $5 note. But timid incrementalism of this kind might struggle to clinch the broader case for constitutional change.

James Curran

Contributor

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Yesterday

One million Australians face top tax rate by 2030

The number paying 47 per cent has already doubled to half a million people over the decade due to bracket creep.

  • John Kehoe and Michael Read

Andrews’ private office accused of interfering in probe

Opposition has accused Daniel Andrews’ private office of interfering in an independent probe; high-income earners aren’t rich so tax cuts should remain, Labor MP Michael Freelander said; east coast braces for floods. How the day unfolded.

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  • Gus McCubbing and Campbell Kwan

Budget office warns against β€˜large or persistent’ deficits

Aggregate state and territory net debt will rise to almost 15 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the independent Parliamentary Budget Office.Β 

  • Ronald Mizen

Lehrmann β€˜made a pass’ at Higgins, court told

Brittany Higgins has detailed an alleged attempt by Mr Lehrmann to kiss her in the weeks leading up to the alleged rape.

  • Georgie Moore

Class action for disabled elderly could be most expensive ever

Hundreds of over 65s that are excluded from the NDIS scheme are signing up to a lawsuit that could cost taxpayers more than the bungled Robodebt program.

  • Michael Read
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β€˜Beyond our imagination’: Luftwaffe join Australian war games

The head of Germany’s air force wants to make the Luftwaffe’s participation in Australian war games a common occurrence, in the latest show of commitment by a European power to preserving stability in the Indo-Pacific.

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  • Andrew Tillett

Labor splits over the future of income tax cuts

Sharp divisions have emerged inside the Albanese government over the future of the stage three tax cuts as Treasurer Jim Chalmers builds a case to pare them back.

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  • Phillip Coorey

Miners say they are being used as pawns in IR inquiry

Major mining companies believe they are being used for political purposes by being forced to appear before a Senate inquiry into a One Nation industrial relations bill.

  • Phillip Coorey

This Month

Job access for workers with a disability gets $20m boost

Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth says Labor will spend $20 million to subsidise efforts of employers taking on workers with a disability.

  • Tom McIlroy

Repatriating IS families will strain intelligence budgets: Dutton

Senior Liberal MPs have talked up the risk to the Australian community from young men and boys radicalised after their fathers travelled to fight with Islamic State.

  • Tom McIlroy

Why has no person of colour ever served on the High Court?

Most Commonwealth countries ask judges to apply for their jobs. Australia effectively relies on good old boys sitting around a table.

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  • Andrew Leigh

Petrol prices already tracking upwards since end of fuel tax cut

The average price of petrol across Australia has jumped nearly 10 cents since the end of the fuel tax cut; Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the UK’s U-turn on its 45 per cent top tax rate is relevant to how the Albanese government will act; RBA lifts rates to 2.6 per cent. Follow updates live.

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  • Gus McCubbing and Campbell Kwan

Privatised jobless support making people less employable: MP

Lazy stereotypes and outdated political rhetoric are hurting employment assistance programs in Australia, the outspoken chairman of a parliamentary review has said.

  • Tom McIlroy

Quiet Australians must show up and lean into the culture wars

Conservative people have to do more than wait and hope that the socialist wave passes without causing destruction.

  • Amanda Stoker

Higgins felt parliament was a β€˜safe place’, trial told

Bruce Lehrmann has been accused of lying about why he was at Parliament House before he allegedly raped his colleague Brittany Higgins in 2019.

  • Georgie Moore
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Trans-Pacific trade pact members split over China’s bid to join

Australia and Japan are the most wary about allowing Beijing into the region’s leading free trade agreement.

  • Andrew Tillett and Emma Connors

ATO knocks out $40b in resources write-offs (thanks to Chevron win)

The Australian Taxation Office has boosted the tax take from oil and gas companies after a landmark legal case involving the energy giant.

  • Tom McIlroy

Labor canvasses capping stage three tax cuts

The Albanese government is looking at options to wind back the reductions for those on higher incomes, but will not dump them altogether as some demand.

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  • Phillip Coorey

Review cybersecurity for consumer data right: report

Time should be taken to mature the consumer data right before expanding it beyond banking, a Treasury-commissioned review has found.

  • Tom Burton

Focus on cybersecurity as Australia slips down UN digital rankings

A new focus on trust and security will be the Albanese government’s priority for online services, rather than chasing lofty international goals.

  • Tom Burton