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By DARREN DAVIDSON The ABC has defended itself against accusations of “extravagant spending” after it emerged the organisation paid $32,750 for a new typeface. An ABC spokesman insisted it was right for the organisation to use taxpayers’ money for the project, saying it would save the...

By David Crowe Liberal senators are determined to keep free speech on the political agenda by launching a debate over Section 18c of the Racial Discrimination Act, despite moves yesterday that block any attempt to legislate a change. In a sign of the government’s internal differences on...

Liberal senators are backing plans for new legislation to protect free speech in a move to launch public hearings into Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, reviving a contentious reform hat divided Tony Abbott’s government more than two years ago. West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith is pushing for a parliamentary inquiry to thrash out...

By Janet Albrechtsen With an election firmly in sight, let’s admit that of the 226 politicians in federal parliament, too few are smart men or women of genuine political convictions. Even fewer are articulate messengers for their cause. Instead, many are plodders, political insiders, sometime party favourites...

The Liberal Party's youngest-ever senator, James Paterson, wants to scrap the “unbalanced and skewed” national curriculum, move Australia’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and reintroduce the commonwealth debt ceiling to crack down on intergenerational debt. The 28-year-old, sworn into parliament on Tuesday after being selected...