Australia news live update: Anthony Albanese on way to Madrid for Nato summit; crossbench fury at staff cut

A little bit of background on that: under the previous coalition government, crossbench MPs and senators were allowed to have two advisers and two assistant advisers. Crossbench MPs and senators … Read More

Ministers defend cut to crossbenchers’ advisers, despite fury of Jacqui Lambie and other independents

The Albanese government has defended its cut to crossbench MPs’ and senators’ staff, despite suggestions some minor parties could block bills in retaliation. On Friday Labor revealed that crossbench parliamentarians … Read More