Russia responds after AFP Commissioner says Medibank hackers based in Russia

Russia responds after AFP Commissioner says Medibank hackers based in Russia

Russia’s embassy in Australia has criticised a statement by Australian Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw that those responsible for the Medibank hack are based in Russia, saying the announcement was made before the AFP contacted Russian law enforcement agencies. Key points: AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw says a group of cyber criminals based in Russia are believed to be responsible … Read more

Federal government to conduct a royal commission into Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic ‘as soon as practicable’

Federal government to conduct a royal commission into Australia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic ‘as soon as practicable’

The Federal Government will call a royal commission or similar inquiry into Australia’s response to the COVID pandemic “as soon as practicable” – an inquiry which would mostly focus on the response of the Federal Government but would also look at state governments’ responses to the pandemic, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told Sunday Agenda. … Read more

Anthony Albanese says free trade negotiations with Europe to resume within months, after NATO sideline meeting

Anthony Albanese says free trade negotiations with Europe to resume within months, after NATO sideline meeting

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says free trade negotiations with the European Union will resume in coming months, after securing a commitment from the President of the European Commission. Key points: Mr Albanese says European leaders are now much more willing to re-enter trade negotiations with Australia It comes after a breakdown in the relationship with the … Read more

Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley rejects Labor’s claim that Morrison government deserves ‘zero credit’ for AAA credit rating

Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley rejects Labor’s claim that Morrison government deserves ‘zero credit’ for AAA credit rating

The deputy Liberal leader has lashed Labor’s claim that the Coalition deserved “zero credit” for Australia’s AAA credit rating, arguing the Albanese Government inherited the “best set” of economic numbers. Deputy Liberal leader Sussan Ley has said the Assistant Treasurer’s claim that the former Morrison government played no part in the renewal of Australia’s AAA … Read more

Penny Wong stresses ‘genuine links’ with South-East Asia as she visits Vietnam, Malaysia

Penny Wong stresses ‘genuine links’ with South-East Asia as she visits Vietnam, Malaysia

Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s visit to South-East Asia this week has a much more personal element than the usual bilateral talks with regional government ministers and officials. Key points: Senator Wong’s trip to Malaysia will include a side visit to her own hometown Kota Kinabalu Her brother James has told local media they will have a … Read more

Jim Chalmers warns of ‘significantly higher’ inflation ahead as Albanese Government continues to pitch real wages growth

Jim Chalmers warns of ‘significantly higher’ inflation ahead as Albanese Government continues to pitch real wages growth

Jim Chalmers has insisted the government will follow through on its promise for real wages growth but has warned of “significantly higher” inflation to come this year. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has foreshadowed dire increases to inflation and warned the cost of living crisis in Australia will get “worse before it gets better”. Dr Chalmers said … Read more

Peter Dutton urges Anthony Albanese not to delay consideration of pension reform amid Australia-wide labour shortage

Peter Dutton urges Anthony Albanese not to delay consideration of pension reform amid Australia-wide labour shortage

Liberal leader Peter Dutton has taken a swipe at the Prime Minister over his European trip and urged the government to immediately adopt his “important” pension reform. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has reiterated his push for immediately reforming the pension system, arguing that the economy “desperately” needs it. Mr Dutton on the weekend proposed his … Read more