Australia’s schools overlook Western history: Minister

The federal Education Minister has pushed for further changes to the national curriculum, labelling a draft as painting a negative view of Western history. Alan Tudge believes proposed curriculum changes will not lift educational standards and fail to adequately teach Australia’s past and values. In a speech on Friday to the Centre for Independent Studies, … Read more

Scott Morrison defends blocking Porter inquiry

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended blocking an investigation into former attorney-general Christian Porter receiving anonymous donations for legal fees. Mr Morrison argued that his government’s decision to support a broader inquiry into crowdfunding of MPs’ legal costs would address the issue. On Wednesday, House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith said there appeared to be … Read more

Australia urged to show climate ambition in Glasgow

European countries have called on Australia to defend the climate interests of its Pacific neighbours and bring ambitious emissions targets to global talks in Glasgow. France’s ambassador to Australia Jean-Pierre Thebault has lavished praise on state and territory governments, particularly New South Wales, for their climate targets and investments. During an address to the Global Race … Read more

Government vetoes Christian Porter donations inquiry

Former attorney-general Christian Porter won’t be investigated for possible contempt of Parliament over his acceptance of anonymous legal fees. MPs voted down a Labor motion for Mr Porter to be referred to the privileges committee to determine if he acted in contempt of Parliament. Speaker Tony Smith told Parliament on Wednesday he was “satisfied that … Read more

Nationals thrash out net zero goal demands

A senior Nationals cabinet minister has repeated a colleague’s warning that a 2050 net-zero emissions commitment without the junior Coalition partner’s backing will be ugly. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted federal cabinet will make the decision on what he takes to a major climate change conference in Glasgow. But Bridget McKenzie agreed with net-zero … Read more

Tax boss to face JobKeeper investigation

Australia’s tax commissioner is facing an investigation from a powerful parliamentary committee after refusing to hand over companies’ wage subsidy details. Chris Jordan has been referred to the Senate’s privileges committee after rejecting an upper house order to reveal which companies turning over more than $10 million received JobKeeper payments. The privileges committee has the … Read more

Michael Pascoe: How to justify pork rorts

How to justify making grants not recommended by the relevant department? Easy – just say you do. That’s what is disclosed by Freedom of Information requests into the wealth of federal government not-recommended-but-given grants. And when National Party ministers get their hands on a pork barrel, public servants’ analysis of projects’ suitability and priority seems … Read more

Albanese ready for possible 2021 election

Labor is prepared for the possibility of a December federal election, even as the Coalition indicates it plans to go full term. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese thinks it’s possible Prime Minister Scott Morrison will call an election for December 11 after returning from COP26 climate talks in Glasgow in November. “We are ready for the … Read more