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Shorten outlines ambitious plan for Labor

Eoin Blackwell 12:08am Labor leader Bill Shorten has laid out his vision for the ALP, a key part of which is scrapping compulsory union membership as a requirement.

Central Australia readies for the royals

Neda Vanovac 2:28pm Residents of the remote Aboriginal community of Mutitjulu will be meeting some of Uluru's most famous visitors when Prince William and Kate come to town.

Direct Action is a waste of money: Palmer

1:08pm Clive Palmer has blasted the Abbott government's alternative climate policy as a token gesture his party unlikely to support.

State funeral for Neville Wran

11:05am The family of former NSW premier Neville Wran has accepted the offer of a state funeral, with the date to be confirmed in coming days.

Wran remembered as great statesman

4:46pm Possibly NSW's greatest premier, Neville Wran has been remembered for his many achievements, with Tony Abbott saying he had left his mark.

Royals' quiet day makes news

Eoin Blackwell The Cambridges quiet day in Canberra with their son has been captured by paparazzi, with images making news broadcasts.

NSW offers Neville Wran a state funeral

Former NSW premier Neville Wran's death has sparked a flurry of tributes, with many remembering his contributions to the Labor Party.

Labor loses 'giant' in Neville Wran

Tributes have flowed in for former NSW premier Neville Wran who has died aged 87.

George makes light of royal duties

Sam McKeith and Miles Godfrey Prince George makes friends with a bilby as he undertakes his first official function in Australia, much to the delight of the travelling media.

Bittersweet royal encounter in Canberra

Nick Perry The 200 lucky Canberra folk to win a spot on the tarmac to greet the royal family were left crestfallen after they received no more than a wave.

Prince George finally meets Bilby George

It was a successful outing for Prince George who undertook his first official engagement of his Australian visit at Taronga Zoo.

Bilby George waiting to meet Prince George

Bilby George will be king of the Prince George Bilby Exhibit at Taronga Zoo, after officials decided to name on of the bandicoots in the royal's honour.

Picture perfect royals visit the zoo

Miles Godfrey and Sam McKeith Royal baby Prince George has upstaged his parents at just his second public engagement - playing with bilbies at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.

Royals attend Easter service in Sydney

Miles Godfrey The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent Sunday morning attending the Easter service at St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney.

War widow touched by Kate's sympathy

Miranda Forster A Queensland woman who lost her husband to the conflict in Afghanistan says her time with the Duchess of Cambridge was bitter sweet.

Could Sunday be Prince George's day?

Prince William and Kate will spend their final day in Sydney on Sunday with church and a trip to the zoo - and there are hopes George will be with them.

Cambridges charm Brisbane reception

Marty Silk Rugby league stars Johnathan Thurston and Jharal Yow Yeh have high-fived each other after an audience with Prince William at a reception in Brisbane.

Brisbane lines up to greet royalty

Stephen Johnson and Marty Silk The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enthralled more than 10,000 people along the streets of Brisbane on a beautiful blue sky day.

Royals surf wave of support on Manly beach

Miles Godfrey Prince William and Kate paid a visit to Manly beach and the Duke expressed a wish to enrol his nipper Prince George in the local surf club.

Kate delights kids during hospice visit

Sam McKeith Staff at children's hospice Bear Cottage say a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge has made the families feel very special.

Show stoppers for William and Kate

The royal couple made the most of their short time at the Royal Easter Show, visiting pavilions and wowing the crowds.

Royals highlight of Easter Show

Miles Godfrey Big crowds and bright sunshine have greeted Prince William and Kate at Sydney's Royal Easter Show.

Action against lobbyists needed: NSW Labor

Toby Mann On his first day as NSW premier, Mike Baird has been asked to outline his plan to "tackle the toxic culture" of lobbyists and donations in politics.

Cambridges wow a stunning Sydney

Sam McKeith and Miles Godfrey Sydney put on the perfect day for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who in turn did their best to wow the crowds.

PM has meeting with Prince William

Peter Trute Talk of bushfires and volunteer firefighters dominate meeting between Prince William and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Baird to pick NSW team in coming days

Incoming NSW Premier Mike Baird is likely to pick his cabinet team in the coming days, according to former deputy leader Jillian Skinner.

William steps close to edge at Narrow Neck

Miles Godfrey It seems Prince William was keen to be part of the action as he watched teenagers abseil at Narrow Neck Lookout in the Blue Mountains.

Govt workers in decline even before budget

New figures show the number of people employed in the public service fell by two per cent in the second half of 2013.

Navy captain sacked for Indon incursion

The Navy has sacked a ship captain for breaching Indonesian territorial waters during Operation Sovereign Borders activities.

Royals take in scenery at Echo Point

The Three Sisters and huge crowds wow the royal couple as they continue their visit to the Blue Mountains.