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Australian government to pay French company $830 million over scrapped submarine deal

Australian government to pay French company $830 million over scrapped submarine deal

The Australian government will pay $830 million to French company Naval Group after scrapping a deal to build defence submarines in South Australia. Australia’s current fleet of Collins submarines were set to be replaced by conventional ones constructed by Naval Group. The Morrison government decided instead to pursue nuclear-powered submarines under the AUKUS partnership. Prime...

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David Littleproud says Coalition must ‘take its medicine’ after former ministers booted from frontbench

David Littleproud says Coalition must ‘take its medicine’ after former ministers booted from frontbench

Two of Scott Morrison’s lieutenants have been demoted in the Coalition’s new frontbench line-up, with the Nationals leader warning the former government needs to “take its medicine” after electoral defeat. Former employment minister Stuart Robert and former immigration minister Alex Hawke were two of the biggest losers in new Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s shadow ministry...

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Peter Dutton elected Liberal leader, David Littleproud replaces Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader

Peter Dutton elected Liberal leader, David Littleproud replaces Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader

Peter Dutton will lead the Liberal Party in opposition after the Coalition’s federal election loss, taking the reins from deposed prime minister Scott Morrison. The former defence minister was uncontested in the party room ballot on Monday morning, with Sussan Ley, the former environment minister, voted in as his deputy. Dutton, who becomes the first...

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Anthony Albanese: The challenger vying to be Australia’s PM

Anthony Albanese: The challenger vying to be Australia’s PM

If Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison loses a general election on 21 May, his rival Anthony Albanese will form the first Labor government in almost a decade. One of Australia’s longest-serving politicians, Mr Albanese has promised voters “renewal, not revolution” as he seeks to oust the conservative Liberal-National coalition. His time as opposition leader has...