Federal election live updates: Coalition to release final policy costings, claiming improvements to forecast bottom line

Morrison ‘not contemplating’ quitting if he loses election, claims he can defy polls again (ABC News: Matt Roberts) Prime Minister Scott Morrison claims he can defy national opinion polls and win Saturday’s federal election, saying Australians want him to be a “more inclusive” Prime Minister if he gets another term in power. Despite the upbeat … Read more

What happens if I catch COVID in election week? How is phone voting going to work?

There are roughly 300,000 active COVID cases in Australia. That’s a fair chunk of the voting population. It also begs the question as election day draws nearer: how will you vote if you catch COVID in election week? How do I vote if I catch COVID during election week? emergency telephone voting has been introduced … Read more

Buried cash: $2.1m Runaway Bay home built on site where tradies dug up $500k

On a picturesque street in the sleepy Gold Coast suburb of Runaway Bay, a luxury $2.1 million home hides an incredible secret. On a picturesque street in the sleepy Gold Coast suburb of Runaway Bay, a luxury $2.1 million home hides an incredible secret. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom waterfront “dream home” was sold off the plan … Read more

We’ve Never Been Good at Feeding Babies

Keeping an infant fed is a precarious task in the best of circumstances, and for many American parents, the circumstances have become quite bad. Nutritional formulas are currently in very short supply across the United States, and in some markets, more than half of all products are out of stock. For babies with medical conditions, … Read more

Labor accuses Scott Morrison of ‘encouraging’ Darwin Port lease with nearly $20 million incentive payment

Documents released by Labor Show Scott Morrison has signed off on a federal agreement to pay almost $20 million to the Northern Territory government as part of an incentive program for privatization of the Darwin Port. Key points: The NT government leased the Darwin Port to Chinese company Landbridge in 2015 Scott Morrison agreed to … Read more

Bunbury Outer Ring Road cost blows out to $1.25b, despite removal of key freeway bridges

The construction of a new freeway in Western Australia has blown out yet again to $1.25 billion despite major cuts to the scope of the project. Key points: A new freeway making the journey from Perth to Margaret River quicker will now cost $1.25b The project has encountered a series of construction cost blowouts More … Read more

Sarah Abo loses control of Morrison, Albanese, Channel 9 leaders’ debate panned

Nine’s “Great Debate” has been slammed by viewers as a “s**tshow” after Sunday’s showdown descended into a shouting match over China. Nine’s “Great Debate” format has been slammed by viewers as a “s**tshow” after Sunday’s showdown descended into a shouting match between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese. Furious Aussies wasted no time in slamming the … Read more

Australians are googling climate change much more than during the last federal election

Discussion of climate policy may be conspicuously absent this federal election campaign, but Google search data suggests the warming of the planet is weighing on voters’ minds — at least more than in 2019. Key points: Big data can be a window into collective concerns and a “barometer of social awareness” Nationally, search interest in … Read more

Victoria’s state budget might chart a course further from the federal orbit

You can plan, you can prep, you can pray. But there’s no way of knowing the future … which is how I’m explaining what I wrote about the Victorian state budget in the ha days of May 2019 when I said “other states would love to have the Victoria does”. Victoria has problems. And a … Read more

Tamboran Resources facing hefty fine for failing to front Beetaloo Basin gas grants Senate inquiry

A gas company receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded grants to advance its interests in the Beetaloo Basin could face a significant fine for failing to appear at an inquiry into the controversial grants program. Key points: The company received $7.5 million in gas subsidies earlier this year But it later failed to front a … Read more