Damien Murphy

Joe Hockey biography heats Canberra's winter hibernation

Damien Murphy Free of Clive Palmer’s grasp, Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned in a brilliant performance as a world statesman only to have his Treasurer rain on his parade.

Tony Abbott's old editor says he lacked fairness and balance

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration minister Scott Morrison during a press conference in Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 19 June  2014.

Damien Murphy Prime Minister Tony Abbott may be the most famous of the old alumni who will gather with Rupert Murdoch on Tuesday night to mark the 50th anniversary of The Australian.

Vilma Ward denies being Labor stooge after confronting Tony Abbott on Wake Up!

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Damien Murphy and Kristian Silva Poor Bill Shorten. A Brisbane pensioner, Vilma Ward, did a better job of running a critique on the Abbott government’s first budget than the Opposition leader.

Treasurer Joe Hockey, here's a political guide to cigar smoking in public

Winston Churchill.

Damien Murphy The cigar has always been the first refuge of the fat cat so it may not be a good look to be caught puffing on a Cuban while busy flying kites about the budget and telling Australians it is their...

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott breaches royal protocol with an arm round Prince William

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks with Britain's Prince William

Damien Murphy Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been caught carrying out that most heinous of protocol blunders: handling royalty.

Julia Gillard tells BBC sexist attitudes she encountered as PM weren't 'something Australian'

Damien Murphy Julia Gillard has told a global audience that the sexism she endured as prime minister, while taking a toll on her, will make it easier for the next woman who gets the job.

How the ball was dropped on gearing

Bob Hawke and Paul Keating at opening of the tax summit in 1985.

Damien Murphy The Hawke government helped sow the seeds of housing unaffordability in Melbourne when it backed away from abolishing negative gearing on investment properties, cabinet records released on Wednesday...

Cabinet Papers 1986-87: The struggle for indigenous land rights

Prime Minister Bob Hawke.

Damien Murphy The Hawke Government continued to grapple with the sensitive issue of indigenous land rights. In March 1986 Aboriginal Affairs Minister Clyde Holding told Cabinet that NSW, Queensland and South...

Cabinet Papers 1986-1987: Crocodile Dundee, 'Joh for Canberra' and the Multifunction Polis

Paul Hogan as Crocodile Dundee.

Damien Murphy Australia seemed unstoppable in 1986 and 1987 when the Hawke-Keating combo was at its zenith.

Cabinet Papers 1986-87: Leading the west in fighting South Africa's apartheid

Nelson Mandela with Bob Hawke.

Damien Murphy When Nelson Mandela died last month, there was much saluting of Australia's role in ending apartheid in South Africa. But it was a different story in June 1986.

Cabinet Papers 1986-87: Saving the rainforest

CABINET PAPERS 1986-87

Damien Murphy Saving the rainforest

Cabinet Papers 1986-87: Negative gearing almost axed

Bob Hawke with lei around his neck talks with Paul Keating in 1987.

Damien Murphy The Hawke government helped sow the seeds of housing unaffordability in major cities when it backed away from abolishing negative gearing on investment properties, Cabinet records released today...

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Damien Murphy The managing director of the ABC Mark Scott has ordered an investigation into the leaking of how much it pays star news and current affairs personalities and leading administrators.

Politicians have immunised themselves against pay cuts

Ted Mack.

Damien Murphy Australia's major political parties have become like two mafia families seeking control of the public purse for distribution to themselves, supporters, the special interests who fund them and for...

Ciao Bella: Sophie prepares to exit stage right

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Damien Murphy The unseating of a politician can be an occasion of sadness, even poignancy. Little such sweet sorrow awaits Sophie Mirabella's possible exit stage right.

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Detours ahead as minor parties claim Senate balance

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Damien Murphy Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm's name appeared first on the extreme left of the NSW Senate ballot paper and he may go to Canberra as a consequence.

Mr Abbott, meet some of your new best friends in the Senate

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Damien Murphy Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm's name appeared first on the extreme left of the NSW Senate ballot paper and he may go to Canberra as a consequence.

NEWSMAKER JAYMES DIAZ

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The Liberal Party's Jaymes Diaz marked the start of his pitch for Sydney's most marginal electorate with an interview so excruciating that Opposition Leader Tony Abbott called to commiserate.

Damien Murphy The Liberal candidate for Greenway Jaymes Diaz turned into a sort of national joke during the election, but could he have really been the Scarlet Pimpernel of the campaign?

Lazarus makes a late breakaway

Former Rugby League Player and now Palmer United Party Candidate for the Senate in Queensland Glenn Lazarus.

Damien Murphy The Brick With Eyes cometh. The Fairfax-Nielsen poll shows the Palmer United Party is polling as strongly as the Greens in Queensland and their 8 per cent support may be enough to carry Clive...

Left hanging: poster misadventures tickle campaign

Clive Palmer billboard in Rosehill.

Damien Murphy Memo to all political parties: don't put a billboard up when the circus comes to town.