Sweeping social security changes introduced to parliament

Sweeping social security changes introduced to parliament | World news | NewsWire
Kevin Andrews said the bills were aimed at 'increasing everyone’s ability to contribute to the economy'. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

Sweeping changes to Australia’s social security system, including reviewing people on the disability support pension (DSP) and taking young people off income support for months at a time, have been introduced to parliament.

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Double dissolution trigger provided by Senate rejection of bill to abolish CEFC

Double dissolution trigger provided by Senate rejection of bill to abolish CEFC | World news | NewsWire
The $10bn green bank was set up as part of Labor’s carbon price package to support renewable energy projects through loans, guarantees and equity investments. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAPImage

The Abbott government has its first double dissolution trigger – and is being dared to call an election – after the Senate rejected its legislation to abolish the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for a second time.

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Ricky Muir will work with any party that ‘shares his values’

Ricky Muir will work with any party that ‘shares his values’ | World news | NewsWire
Motoring Enthusiast party is deliberately distancing itself from the Palmer United party within weeks of the start of the new Senate. Photograph: AAP

Senator elect Ricky Muir will make his own voting decisions and will work with any political party that “shares his values” his Motoring Enthusiast party says, deliberately distancing itself from the Palmer United party within weeks of the start of the new Senate.

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