Crossbench Senator Bob Day is opening the door to the idea of a one-month wait for the dole, instead of the six months proposed in the budget. But the government still faces an uphill battle to get a majority in the Senate, with Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer reaffirming there is "no chance" his party will compromise on the issue.
WHAT GOUGH DID FOR YOU
Australia's Indian community are planning a Sydney stadium welcome for new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he addresses Parliament in Canberra.
"The line's broken," said Malcolm Fraser on the death of his friend Gough Whitlam.
Whether you were for him or against him, it was his vision that drove our politics then and which still echoes through our public life four decades on. – Tony Abbott
When Sir John Kerr presented the 1977 Melbourne Cup, it was almost exactly two years since he had committed his constitutional faux pas. He was dapper in a a three-piece suit and, it seemed, awfully drunk. His obvious inebriation, combined with his thicket of white hair and his aristocratic bearing, made him seem more like one of Barry Humphries' characters than the governor-general.
It was called the lottery of death.
Six former prime ministers helped lead tributes to Labor legend Gough Whitlam on Tuesday, highlighting his contributions to Australian life in the arts, civil society and on the international stage.
When Whitlam took office, only Queensland and Tasmania provided free public hospital treatment, and more than a million people could not afford insurance. While the government provided tax incentives to encourage people to purchase private cover, these were grossly inequitable.
The watchdog that oversees Australia's spy agencies is investigating an incident in which a Special forces soldier is reported to have pulled a gun on an Australian Secret Intelligence Service officer during a drinking session in Afghanistan.
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