Bill Shorten orders review into deals linked to Stuart Robert
Shorten warned against “corruption” after telling parliament he had asked for contracts awarded to companies linked to consulting firm Synergy 360 to be checked.
- by David Crowe and Nick McKenzie
How do you enter the corridors of power? Maybe go via the backbench
MP Stuart Robert denies helping his connections secure government contracts, but leaked emails raise concerns about access to power.
- by David Crowe
Senior Coalition MP Stuart Robert gave secret advice to lobbyists
Senior Liberal MP Stuart Robert, while in government, secretly gave free advice to a Canberra consulting firm that helped large companies win government contracts and meet Coalition ministers.
- by Nick McKenzie and David Crowe
Taxpayer funds approved for Morrison’s robo-debt royal commission appearance
The attorney-general said it was appropriate to provide financial assistance for Scott Morrison, given the inquiry related to his former duties as social services minister, treasurer and prime minister.
- by Angus Thompson
Plan to protect superannuation against ‘raids’ for housing, university
Financial Services Minister Stephen Jones says without a clear and shared objective for super, proposals to access it early will keep coming back “like a Mariah Carey single at Christmas”.
- by Rachel Clun
Joyce skips Qantas to fly on board Air Force Albo
The prime minister got a few lucky business leaders to the jobs summit on time.
- by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
‘Robo-justice’: Royal commission set up to examine robo-debt scheme
A seven-month royal commission will examine who dreamed up the robo-debt scheme and how complaints and concerns were handled.
- by Katina Curtis
The political skew to $828m industry grants signed off by Morrison
More than half the recipients in a grants program overseen by Scott Morrison were located in Coalition electorates and several others were based in electorates he was desperate to win.
- by David Crowe
Governor-General: Not my job to tell anyone about Morrison’s secret ministries
The former prime minister’s stubborn defence of his secret powers has infuriated the Coalition, but MPs stopped short of calling on him to resign.
- by Lisa Visentin, James Massola and Katina Curtis
Plibersek praises ‘terrific’ relationship with Albanese, calls for education debate
Tanya Plibersek batted away suggestions she had been sidelined in the campaign and has written to the PM to ask to debate the education minister – be it Alan Tudge or Stuart Robert.
- by James Massola
Victoria and NSW refuse mandatory Australian history teaching
Australia’s two largest states are refusing to be bound by a new mandatory Australian history component in the national curriculum they just signed up to.
- by Lisa Visentin