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A free vote is the only option on gay marriage

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers The same sex marriage debate has been simmering for a long time, but after Sky News this week revealed a cross-party push to bring on a vote in the spring session of parliament, tensions escalated quickly. Liberal conservatives came out all guns blazing, led by no less than the Government's Senate leader Eric Abetz.

Make or break time for Bill

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers I remember listening to Bill Shorten's interview with Neil Mitchell back on June 21, 2013. At the time we were all focused on Bill Shorten. A bunch of Labor heavy hitters had already drifted to Kevin Rudd. If Bill finally moved away from Julia Gillard, it was all over.

All’s not fair in love, war, politics or sport

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers It was another depressing week on the domestic political front. Joe Hockey again demonstrated his lack of political finesse with his blunder on the Sydney housing market. While Bill Shorten pretended his union past wasn't a problem amid growing questions about how he ran the Australian Workers Union WU in Victoria.

In election gear but no election this year

m.switzer.com.au — Let's clear one thing up. There will be no election this year. There is no mood for a 2015 election within senior ranks of the Liberal Party. Despite a strong reception for last week's Budget, the plan is still to run a full term and continue on the path to recovery.

Both parties wave white flag on Budget repair

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers When it comes to Budget repair and reducing the size of government, a big white flag was hoisted over Parliament House this week. Joe Hockey began the process on Tuesday night. Bill Shorten finished it off with gusto last night. The Government made a strategic shift this week from spending restraint to stimulus.

What's happened to lower taxes? Costello has a point

m.switzer.com.au — By David Speers Peter Costello delivered a well-targeted kick to the government's backside this week. It hit the mark and some raw nerves as well. The nation's longest serving Treasurer served it up to both sides of politics, but his main target was the Abbott Government.

This Budget needs to be so much better than the last

switzer.com.au — By David Speers Joe Hockey is due to hand down his second budget in just a month and there is still deep confusion within the government over what it is trying to achieve. If the problem with the first budget was a failure to adequately prepare the ground, this isn't a good sign.

Abbott backs down on Budget fight

switzer.com.au — By David Speers He's been the master of the three-word slogan. "Stop the boats", "end the waste", "scrap the tax". Tony Abbott has thrived in black and white political messaging. This week, however, the Prime Minister found himself delving into shades of grey, trying to deliver a nuanced message about his new softer approach to budget repair.

Support Slipping for PM

switzer.com.au — A growing number of Tony Abbott's own ministers have now come to the conclusion he is all but finished as Prime Minister. The only question remaining in their minds is the timing and method of his removal. In the leadership ballot earlier this month, 39 MPs voted in favour of a spill.

A glimpse into the future of coal

switzer.com.au — By David Speers in Japan An hour from the city of Hiroshima, across the calm waters of the Seto Inland Sea, lies the island of Osakikamijima. It's beauty once inspired famous Japanese haiku poems, but now the island is home to a huge construction project aimed at keeping the coal industry alive.
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Jul 02, 2015

RT @SkyNewsAust: Former World Bank president Robert Zoellick tells @David_Speers Greece's government has made major mistakes skynews.com.au/video/finance/…

Jul 02, 2015

Howard: I admire America, but (same sex marriage) not an issue courts should decide. It should be for parliament. #pm agenda @SkyNewsAust

Jul 02, 2015

Howard: my position (on gay marriage) hasn't changed, the question on free vote is one for the current PM and party #pmagenda @SkyNewsAust

Jul 02, 2015

John Howard talks to Carrington Clarke about free trade & gay marriage. Interview coming up on #pmagenda @SkyNewsAust

Jul 01, 2015

RT @murpharoo: 'But .. it's yet to come before party room and there's no decision yet on a free vote.' twitter.com/TeresaGambaroM…

Jul 01, 2015

Spokesman for the PM: It is rare for a Private Members' Bill to be voted on and any bill would be subject to the usual process @SkyNewsAust

Jul 01, 2015

Chris Bowen says he will argue his position on boat turn-backs inside Shadow Cabinet #pmagenda @SkyNewsAust

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