Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has conceded that scrapping the carbon tax had given consumers only a "brief respite" from rising electricity prices, forcing those with the means to invest in self-generation such as roof-top solar.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dashed to Washington for a series of high-level meetings as the US seeks to soothe relations with allies bruised in the early days of the Trump administration.
FRESH debate has erupted among federal parliamentarians and lobby groups over the merits of implementing a sugar tax to help reduce a national obesity epidemic.
The submission by federal president, Aiden Depiazzi, and vice-president and staffer to backbench senator Eric Abetz, Josh Manuatu, calls for "strong and effective action" to control intergenerational federal government debt and for the Student Services and Amenities Fee to be abolished for university students.
BARNABY Joyce has told a large gathering of sugar cane farmers he won’t be telegraphing his political “punches” to foreign owned sugar milling company Wilmar.
The Turnbull government has confirmed it is considering changing the rules that govern its $10 billion green bank to allow it to subsidise the next-generation of coal-fired power stations.
The Australian head of the Joint Strike Fighter program says he is confident the next delivery of the cutting-edge combat aircraft to the RAAF is on track despite a report finding the next batch of planes will not have the most up-to-date technology.