Greens leader Adam Bandt speaks to AFP over Lidia Thorpe’s undisclosed relationship with ex-bikie

Adam Bandt’s office has confirmed the Greens leader has met with Australian Federal Police to discuss Senator Lidia Thorpe’s undisclosed relationship with a former bikie boss. key points: Police have met with Adam Bandt over his senator’s undisclosed relationship with an ex-bikie Details of hearings attended by Lidia Thorpe while she was in the relationship … Read more

Victorian election: Daniel Andrews popularity falls as election looms

Voters could turn away from the Labor Party in the upcoming Victorian state election, as Daniel Andrews grapples with appealing to those heading to the polls. As the election campaign enters its final week, party polling shows Labor’s primary vote continues to drop. Labor Party insiders are worried about Mr Andrews’ brand and how voters … Read more

Energy prices, tax: Anthony Albanese leaves door open to temporary coal, gas tax

Anthony Albanese has left the door open to a temporary coal and gas tax as the government seeks solutions to soaring energy prices. Speaking on Friday the Prime Minister said “all sensible measures”, including the introduction of a gas price cap, are on the table but played down speculation of a super profits tax. “We … Read more

Negative gearing and capital gains tax discount set to cost the budget $20 billion a year within a decade

The cost of negative gearing is set to blow out the interest rates rise and, with it, the capital gains tax discount is expected to cost the federal budget more than $20 billion a year within a decade. Key points: Modeling from the Parliamentary Budget Office forecasts negative gearing costs to double as interest rates … Read more

‘Dirty little secret’: How Australia’s poor are being hardest hit by the budget

Australia’s poor will suffer most as a result of new tax and welfare policies implemented in Labor’s budget delivered this week while the richest will win big, alarming new analysis has found. New modeling examined some of the flagship policies in the government’s first budget and revealed the top 20 percent of households will get … Read more

Australian rents: Figures show true cost of renting in Australia

New figures on Australia’s housing market have made grim reading for renters, with prices increasing at historic rates and availability descending to record lows. In figures released on Thursday by PropTrack, the national rental vacancy rate is shown to have dropped to 1.6 per cent, a historic low, while rents grew at their fastest quarterly … Read more

Senator Lidia Thorpe says she has no intention of leaving politics over undisclosed relationship

Victorian Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has addressed the Senate chamber over her failure to disclose a past relationship with a former bikie while she was sitting on a law enforcement committee, but says she has no intention of leaving politics. Key points: The ABC has revealed Lidia Thorpe was in an undisclosed relationship with a … Read more

Peter Dutton says Lidia Thorpe ‘unfit’ to serve in parliament after ex-bikie relationship

Peter Dutton says he would refer Greens senator Lidia Thorpe to a national anti-corruption commission over the revelations about her relationship with an ex-bikie boss. Senator Thorpe resigned as Greens deputy Senate leader after it was revealed she had failed to disclose she had been dating former Rebels president Dean Martin while she was sitting … Read more

Victorian Election: Greens leader Samantha Ratnam announces reproduction, gender plans

The Victorian Greens have announced plans to seek five days of leave for “reproductive health and wellbeing” in the party’s latest state election pitch. The plan, unveiled on Saturday morning, would include workers wanting to access gender transition therapies, including gender reassignment surgery, as well as people wanting to access long-term contraception such as IUDs … Read more

Why we shouldn’t care Lidia Thorpe dated an ex-bikie

On the matter of the recent Lidia Thorpe controversy, I want to state a layperson perspective, one we won’t see much of amidst the swamp of Australian political opinion columns. Here it is: I don’t give a shit if Lidia Thorpe dated an ex-bikie. I understand what a conflict of interest is. I understand why … Read more