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Mining moguls Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer may appear before a Senate inquiry investigating the use of foreign workers.
Opposition finance spokesman Andrew Robb has defended ANZ’s rate rise, while Treasurer Wayne Swan has accused the opposition of favouring the big banks over home-buyers.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says putting the budget back into surplus will make it easier for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates.
Bob Carr says telco’s business expansion would be welcome in Australia, despite it not being allowed to tender for NBN contracts.
The Greens support a tax cut only for small businesses, while the Coalition says it will not support any corporate tax cut while there is a carbon tax.