The coalition government has lost another seat in federal parliament, with Victorian MP Julia Banks quitting the Liberals at the same time Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced he was bringing forward the budget to allow for an election in May.
Australia doesn’t need a carbon price as emissions levels are coming down, the energy minister insists after a major oil and gas producer called for one to help the climate.
Scientists are “drawing a very long bow” to say coal should be phased out by 2050, the federal environment minister says. Melissa Price’s comments were in response to a major United Nations report which calls for drastic changes across the globe to prevent world temperatures rising by two degrees Celsius.
The Federal Government won’t intervene to help Medecins Sans Frontieres continue providing mental health treatment for asylum seekers on Nauru.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has avoided facing a no-confidence motion against him in parliament by the skin of his teeth.