Clive Palmer’s party is bullish about winning up to six Senate seats, with a likely Liberal preference deal boosting the controversial businessman’s chances of re-entering federal parliament.
Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek is certain Clive Palmer will not preference Labor amid reports the controversial businessman is on the verge of doing a deal with the coalition.
The auditor-general will review all taxpayer-funded water purchases since 2008, as the Coalition looks to ease pressure over a controversial buyback worth almost $80 million.
Labor has accused former treasurer Joe Hockey of a conflict of interest over his shares in a travel company which won a contract in 2017 to provide government bookings.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has downplayed senior Liberals’ links to a travel company run by the party’s federal treasurer after Labor demanded an investigation.
UPDATED | Pauline Hanson’s chief-of-staff James Ashby has been banned from parliament after an ugly physical fight with United Australia Party senator Brian Burston.