February 2016

Published a story 13th Feb 2016 2:20 PM

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reshuffled Cabinet and the outer ministry in an effort to “revitalise” his government ahead of the coming election.

Turnbull forced to shake the Cabinet after 3 ministers quit

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reshuffled Cabinet and the outer ministry in an effort to “revitalise” his government ahead of the coming election.

Published a story 12th Feb 2016 7:47 PM

IT WILL take the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority five years to complete its response to an audit of its permits system.

Five years for reef authority to improve permit system

IT WILL take the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority five years to complete its response to an audit of its permits system.

Published a story 12th Feb 2016 7:42 PM

THE nation’s most senior bureaucrat has found embattled MP Stuart Robert acted inconsistently with the ministerial standards during a “personal” trip to China.

Robert won't be considered in Turnbull ministerial shuffle

THE nation’s most senior bureaucrat has found embattled MP Stuart Robert acted inconsistently with the ministerial standards during a “personal” trip to China.

Published a story 11th Feb 2016 7:51 PM

LABOR failed in an attempt to censure the Prime Minister for not sacking embattled Human Services Minister Stuart Robert on Thursday.

Turnbull set for reshuffle as Labor attack fails

LABOR failed in an attempt to censure the Prime Minister for not sacking embattled Human Services Minister Stuart Robert on Thursday.

Published a story 11th Feb 2016 12:01 PM

UPDATE: Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce will revisit the Coalition Agreement but does not expect any major changes

Late night talks over Coalition Agreement: Joyce

UPDATE: Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce will revisit the Coalition Agreement but does not expect any major changes

Published a story 10th Feb 2016 7:01 PM

EFFORTS to Close the Gap on indigenous disadvantage have fallen behind in several key areas, a new report has found.

Gap closing on vow to fight indigenous disadvantage

EFFORTS to Close the Gap on indigenous disadvantage have fallen behind in several key areas, a new report has found.

Published a story 10th Feb 2016 6:49 PM

A MAJOR outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia remains possible but unlikely, despite international calls for more funds to research a vaccine.

Zika virus now a health crisis says WHO

A MAJOR outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Australia remains possible but unlikely, despite international calls for more funds to research a vaccine.

Published a story 10th Feb 2016 5:24 PM

NEW draft laws to allow Australians to legally grow medicinal cannabis do not meet the “key criteria” of letting doctors prescribe the drug to patients,

Greens warn cannabis still can't be prescribed by doctors

NEW draft laws to allow Australians to legally grow medicinal cannabis do not meet the “key criteria” of letting doctors prescribe the drug to patients,

Published a story 8th Feb 2016 8:35 PM

SOME Queensland LNP federal backbenchers are pushing for ministerial support for a $100 million innovation fund for central and north Queensland.

Angling for $100m cash to improve region's employment

SOME Queensland LNP federal backbenchers are pushing for ministerial support for a $100 million innovation fund for central and north Queensland.

Published a story 8th Feb 2016 6:50 PM

TREASURER Scott Morrison has invoked a Biblical reference to explain why the Turnbull government cannot go ahead with a GST increase.

Morrison and GST: ‘Sometimes you can’t part the Red Sea’

TREASURER Scott Morrison has invoked a Biblical reference to explain why the Turnbull government cannot go ahead with a GST increase.

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Daniel Burdon is APN Australian Regional Media's Canberra bureau reporter, covering federal parliament and politics. He was previously a rural and general news reporter at the Morning Bulletin in Rockhampton and worked in Alice Springs for the Centralian Advocate.