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Phillip Coorey

Political editor

Phillip Coorey is the political editor based in Canberra. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Lyneham award for press gallery excellence. Connect with Phillip on Facebook and Twitter. Email Phillip at

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October 3, 2023

Albanese fears RBA rate rise fallout - with good reason

The Albanese government knows if rates move again, as now seems inevitable, it’s going to get whacked, regardless of the cause.

Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, speaking at the National Press Club today.

Public buildings are legitimate military targets: Israel

Israel’s ambassador to Australia defended the bombing of Gaza saying Hamas deliberately established its bases in places such as schools and hospitals.

At least 79 Australians are believed to be in Gaza, where Israeli bombs are falling, and many others are in the West Bank and Israel, as the risk of a broader conflict escalates.

Military aircraft sent to Middle East ‘as a contingency’

The Albanese government has sent two more military aircraft to the Middle East in the event the conflict escalates.

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Red Cross workers help Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, to a waiting ambulance at the Rafah border crossing after she was released by Hamas militants.

Freed hostages raise hopes of more to come

The release of another two captured Israelis from Gaza has lifted hopes for dozens still held by Hamas, as world leaders step up efforts to defuse soaring tensions.

Hostages Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, centre, and Nurit Cooper, 79, are released by Hamas. This week’s presentation to media included the release of captured documents including an abduction manual.

The battle Israel fears it is losing

As the conflict drags on, and the bodies on the other side pile ever higher, Israel feels the world is reacting more to the horrific images of bombed out Gaza and dead, desperate and starving Palestinians.

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Israel continued to prepare for the ground war, stepping up its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and again warning Palestinians to evacuate to the south of the enclave.

Biden urges Israel to delay Gaza ground invasion

Israel argues a ‘Holocaust-denial-like phenomenon’ is evolving against the October 7 massacres that sparked its brutal response in Gaza. 

High petrol prices are adding to cost of living pressures.

Voters were focused on cost of living, not Voice, survey reveals

Eight in 10 voters wanted the government focused on the cost of living at referendum time, while just one in 10 said the same of the Voice, the latest True Issues survey reveals.

The government is clearly sensitive about the optics of the prime minster being abroad in what will be his 17th trip in 18 months.

Sensitivities abound at PM’s 17th overseas trip in 18 months

As the prime minister cops flak on talkback radio for his heavy travel schedule, the government is sensitive about the optics of his imminent Washington trip.

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The longer Chalmers leaves it, the harder EV charging will be to fix

What are the Greens going to demand be spent when the fuel excise runs out? And do they not realise that just because a car is battery powered, it will still need a road?

Ed Husic and Anne Aly in parliament on Thursday.

Dutton tells Albanese to visit Israel as Labor loyalties tested

Peter Dutton says the prime minster should prioritise a trip to Israel ahead of the United States.

President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Biden arrives in Israel as Middle East tensions soar

The US President faces rapidly worsening regional tensions sparked by a massive attack on a hospital in Gaza.

Anthony Albanese has a lot ion his plate

$50m security boost for religious facilities as violence fears flare

The Albanese government has announced $50 million in grants to boost security at religious schools, places of worship and community facilities.

Anthony Albanese has advised his MPs on how to reconnect with voters estranged by the Voice

Albanese tells Labor MPs how to deal with voters after Voice rout

The Prime Minister has been asked by MPs how to reconnect with their electorates as Liberal MPs seek to rub vinegar into his “large paper cut”.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reacts during Question Time.

PM baulks at treaty, Dutton dumps recognition vow

Anthony Albanese refused to discuss a treaty while Peter Dutton dumped his plan to push for recognition after the resounding defeat of the Voice to parliament.

Peter Dutton will target all teal seats at the next election, despite the consequences of the referendum

Dutton sees ‘opportunities’ in referendum result to target Labor seats

Liberal strategists say referendum suggests Coalition could win power without all teal seats but “whether we can win with none of them remains to be seen”.

Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City.

Australians in Lebanon warned to leave

Just one Qantas flight left Tel Aviv for London on Friday before emergency commercial flights were scrapped. There are now concerns for Australians in Lebanon.

Saturday’s Voice to parliament result was a historic defeat.

Bruised Labor pledges to go back to basics after referendum rout

Factional bosses have assured Prime Minister Anthony Albanese his position is safe, despite Saturday’s historic Voice defeat.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Parliament House on Saturday night.

Referendum a reality check for progressive politics

The referendum loss may not halt the march of progressive politics, but it certainly provides pause for thought. 

Member for Wentworth Alegra Spender campaigns for Yes vote.

Teal seats vote Yes but Libs unperturbed

Between four and six of the teal seats votes Yes, but the Liberals say Labor’s wipeout is of greater significance.

Anthony Albanese accepts the Voice defeat.

Voice rejected but ‘it will not divide us’: PM

Peter Dutton said the defeat of the Voice to parliament referendum is “good for our country”. Anthony Albanese accepted the defeat after Australians resoundingly voted No. How the day unfolded.

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