Federal Politics

Kevin Rudd will be a long-shot, even if he gets a Turnbull government nomination to become head of the United Nations.

Turnbull won't back Rudd for UN

Australia won't nominate Kevin Rudd to be the next United Nations secretary-general, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull decided not to back the former Labor leader amid strong cabinet opposition.

Turnbull, Brandis defend royal commission

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis

The government has defended the choice of former Northern Territory chief justice Brian Martin to lead the royal commission into juvenile detention amid tensions about who was - and wasn't - consulted on the details of the joint Commonwealth-NT inquiry.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Brian Ross Martin as head of the royal commission into child protection and ...

Turnbull broadens abuse inquiry

A culture of racism, brutality, and official cover-up in the Northern Territory's discredited juvenile justice system will be centrally examined by a royal commission formally established on Thursday by the federal government.

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Alexander Zhang counting postal votes at the Australian Electoral Commission counting room in Civic.

Twists and turn in 2016 vote count

Election 2016 was like a soccer match where the overwhelming favourites found themselves stuck at one-all at half-time, still ...