Government cancels sitting week for House of Representatives

The move will allow the Senate to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it goes to the Lower House, but it also has implications for cleaning up the dual citizenship mess and puts the brakes on backbenchers pushing for a banking royal commission.

Verrender: You won’t see a bump in your pay packet any time soon

With the mining boom spent, the big infrastructure spend on the gas industry gone, and the east coast housing boom in its final phase, it seems there's little ammo in the locker left to help fire up a wages lift any time soon — but there's a silver lining, writes Ian Verrender.