Legislature

Australia bans covert foreign interference in politics

Jun 28, 2018

Australia's Parliament has passed sweeping national security legislation that bans covert foreign interference in domestic politics and makes industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime

Australian spy and lawyer charged over East Timor scandal

Jun 28, 2018

A former spy and his lawyer who accused the Australian government of illegally bugging the East Timorese Cabinet while negotiating a deal to share oil and gas revenue have been charged with conspiring to disclose secret information

Australia to ban covert foreign interference in politics

Jun 26, 2018

Australia's House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved national security legislation that would ban covert foreign interference in domestic politics and make industrial espionage for a foreign power a crime

Australian Senate delivers $106 billion in income tax cuts

Jun 21, 2018

Australia's prime minister has won a political victory with the Senate passing personal income tax cuts worth 144 billion Australian dollars ($106 billion) over a decade

Australia wants foreign interference laws in place in June

Jun 8, 2018

Australia's attorney general has urged Parliament to pass anti-foreign interference laws this month ahead of five by-elections scheduled for late July

Churches, Scouts and YMCA join Australian abuse redress plan

May 31, 2018

Four in five victims of child sexual abuse in Australian institutions will be eligible for compensation after three churches, the Scouts movement and the YMCA joined a redress plan

Australian Senate to vote in June on corporate tax cuts

May 28, 2018

The Australian government has announced the Senate will vote in June on cutting corporate tax rates after an opinion poll suggested the contentious reform had popular public support

Australia to hold 5 by-elections due to citizenship crisis

May 24, 2018

Australian will hold an unprecedented five by-elections on the same day in July due to a political crisis over a 117-year-old constitutional ban on dual citizens holding seats in Parliament

Australian lawmaker accuses billionaire in UN bribe scandal

May 23, 2018

An Australian government lawmaker has accused a China-born Australian billionaire who generously donates to Australian political parties of conspiring to bribe a top United Nations official

5 lawmakers leave Australian Parliament due to foreigner ban

May 9, 2018

Five Australian lawmakers have been forced from Parliament in an ongoing legal wrangle over a 117-year-old constitutional ban on dual citizens standing for election

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