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Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson cleared by ALP tribunal

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Former federal Labor minister Martin Ferguson has avoided expulsion from the ALP, following a push from unions to have him kicked out for alleged disloyalty and criticising the party.

Royal commission: Who is Lance Wilson?

Lance Wilson.

Richard Willingham Lance Wilson, the man whose employment was pivotal to the royal commission line of questioning to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, has already given private evidence to the investigation into trade...

Fairfax/Ipsos poll: Support for the Greens surges to 16 per cent of voters

Greens leader Senator Richard Di Natale with his co-deputies, Senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent The elevation of Richard Di Natale to Greens leader and voter dissatisfaction with the major parties has seen the Greens primary vote surge, according to the latest Fairfax/Ipsos poll.

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Malcolm Turnbull declines invitation to appear on Q&A on Monday

Malcom Turnbull

Richard Willingham, Latika Bourke Malcolm Turnbull has rejected an invitation from the ABC to appear on Q&A, following Alan Tudge's decision to pull out of Monday's program.

Sophie Mirabella wins Liberal preselection for the seat of Indi

Former federal MP Sophie Mirabella is attempting to rejoin Parliament.

Richard Willingham Sophie Mirabella's political resurrection has passed the first major hurdle, winning Liberal preselection for the next federal election.

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Victorian Liberal Party uses terror threat to raise funds for Tony Abbott

Liberal party members received the call for donations.

Richard Willingham and James Massola The threat of terrorism is being used by the Liberal Party in a bid to generate donations from its party members ahead of the next election.

Bill Shorten lashes $80 billion in cuts as states vow to fight Abbott government

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

James Massola, Richard Willingham, Sean Nicholls Opposition leader Bill Shorten has lashed the "disastrous" $80 billion in cuts to schools and hospitals over a decade that were locked in by the Abbott government's second federal budget.

New Victorian super-faction boosts Bill Shorten's influence on Labor party machine

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

James Massola, Richard Willingham A new "super-faction" that unites most of the Victorian Labor Right has been formed, boosting opposition leader Bill Shorten's factional clout.

Shorten's seat of Maribyrnong included in branch-stacking inquiry

Australian Labor Party

Richard Willingham The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.

I was verballed by Daniel Andrews on East West Link issue: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declined to say whether the $1.5 billion in federal funds allocated for stage one of the East West Link would be withdrawn if the project isn't built.

James Massola, Richard Willingham Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he had been "verballed" by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, after the state leader claimed last week his request for a meeting on issues including the East West Link...

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State Attorneys-General unite to warn George Brandis of crisis in legal funding

State and territory Attorneys-General have written to Senator George Brandis over a funding crisis for legal assistance.

James Massola, Michaela Whitbourn, Richard Willingham Liberal and Labor state Attorneys-General have banded together to warn federal counterpart George Brandis that a "crisis" in legal assistance funding will hurt the most vulnerable members of the...

At least 500 jobs to come from submarine project but no guarantee of local construction

Defence Minister Kevin Andrews said maximising Australian content will be a factor – although not the most critical – in the bids to build the submarine.

David Wroe and Richard Willingham The Abbott government has vowed at least 500 new jobs in Australia will be created under a $50 billion submarine program in which local industry can partner with shipbuilders from Japan, Germany or...

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Australian companies invited to bid for piece of Defence $10 billion light armoured vehicle project

Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews.

Richard Willingham Australian industry is being encouraged to take advantage of a $10 billion project to replace the army's light armoured vehicles.

Kevin Andrews cancels plans to open World Congress of Families conference

Kevin Andrews

Dan Harrison, Richard Willingham Federal Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cancelled his plans to open a conference of the controversial World Congress of Families.

Protesters vow to block World Congress of Families attendees

Robert Clark.

Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent Opponents of the hard-right World Congress of Families have vowed to block conference attendees from getting into its meeting on Saturday, although they do not know where it will be held.

Victorian branch of Ricky Muir's party tries to revoke his membership

Senator Muir wasn't at the meeting where the Victorian branch of the Motoring Enthusiast Party tried to revoke his membership.

Richard Willingham The home branch of key crossbench senator Ricky Muir’s party has voted to disband itself and revoke the senator’s membership, in protest at the treatment of grassroots members by the...

Elusive senator not seen at sawmill

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods Greenmill site in Heyfield were Ricky Muir works from time to time.

Richard Willingham Heath Aston The elusive Motoring Enthusiast Party senator-elect Ricky Muir was not at work at a Gippsland sawmill on Friday, a day after it was revealed he was too busy to meet Prime Minister Tony Abbott to...

Ricky Muir nowhere to be seen at sawmill after turning down meeting with Tony Abbott

Ricky Muir.

Richard Willingham, Heyfield, and Heath Aston, Canberra The elusive Motoring Enthusiast Party senator-elect Ricky Muir was not at work at a Gippsland sawmill on Friday, a day after it was revealed he was too busy to meet Prime Minister Tony Abbott to...

Denis Napthine backs former Howard minister Richard Alston for Liberal Party president

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Richard Willingham The Victorian Premier has thrown his support behind the Prime Minister's preferred candidate for the Liberal Party's federal presidency.

Tony Abbott cancels visit to university to avoid protesters

Richard Willingham, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has cancelled a visit to a Victorian university, an event expected to be targeted by protesters in the wake of the federal budget.