The Turnbull government has officially backed a Tasmanian mayor to replace Jacqui Lambie in the Senate, potentially frustrating Pauline Hanson's plan to seize a fourth seat for One Nation.
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Did you know that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, more than 5000 people are fleeing their homes every day as communal violence worsens?
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has defied Coalition critics on electric cars, vowing the Turnbull government will support the fledgling technology and insisting it is better for the environment than traditional cars.
ALP president Mark Butler has lashed out at the "backroom buffoonery" of the party's factional warlords, accusing them of blocking internal reforms and leaving Labor's members with fewer rights than in any comparable movement in the world.
The Australian Electoral Commission failed to achieve value for money when it awarded $36 million in contracts last federal election, according to the National Audit Office.
The figure, which is equivalent to nine in every 1000 children in the population or nine in every average sized school, is one of a series of findings in the commissions report on child protection.
A peak American business group has complained Australia's new "foreign influence" laws will deprive its members of freedom of speech, while universities warn US Defence funding will be put at risk.
Government, opposition united in their criticism of the Ernst and Young report into the efficiency of the 450 Gigalitres (GL) of upwater.