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Politician and mining magnate Clive Palmer attempts to suppress existence of private plane

CHRIS VEDELAGO 8:09am Mr Palmer's legal counsel argued the existence of the legal proceeding should be suppressed from the public.

Labor should back Tony Abbott's 'Scandinavian' paid parental leave policy

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's much anticipated Paid Parental Leave scheme appears to have stalled.

BEN SCHNEIDERS 12:15am Labor and the unions should embrace Tony Abbott’s generous ‘‘Scandinavian’’ paid parental leave scheme, a new book says.

Sunday explainer: Refugees and the great legal run-around


ADAM MORTON 9:15am Australia again changed the settings on its humanitarian refugee intake last week, cutting out people who claim asylum via Indonesia. What will this mean? Adam Morton explains.

Greens senator Richard Di Natale plans DIY tour of Ebola zone

Richard Di Natale.

Heath Aston, Latika Bourke 12:15am He won't get consular assistance from Australia, but Richard Di Natale leaves for Liberia on Saturday.

National marijuana legalisation inches closer with new bill


JAMES ROBERTSON 12:00am Victorian Liberal MP Sharman Stone says, "It's just Australia catching up."

Nothing - except a handbag - gets in Julie Bishop's way

In the hot seat: Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York on Wednesday.

LATIKA BOURKE 11:44am Though short of sleep, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop keeps calm and focused while representing her country abroad.

New-look Jacqui Lambie to emerge from wilderness

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie launches a stinging attack against party leader Clive Palmer.

1:58pm A new-look Jacqui Lambie with a fresh approach to politics will return to Canberra after emerging from a weekend getaway in the Tasmanian wilderness with her mum.

Julie Bishop tells UN Ebola threatens global security

Ebola concerns: Julie Bishop.

LATIKA BOURKE Foreign minister Julie Bishop has expressed concern about the Ebola virus outbreak at a UN Security Council meeting she chaired on the disease.

ABC budget cuts: The fallout for programs and people


Judith Ireland and Rick Feneley ABC managing director Mark Scott will announce on Monday cuts to the service that the ABC provides in response to the $254 million budget cuts announced by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Australia's gains at China's expense signal new Free Trade Agreement landscape

John Garnaut dinkus Dinkus.

JOHN GARNAUT Monday's trade deal reflects a `commitment from the president' to kick-start a new round of trade liberalisation.

We can deal with dinky politics, but not parboiled policies

Judith Ireland

JUDITH IRELAND Brisbane's G20 Summit was Australia's chance to assert itself as a global player. Judith Ireland assesses its success.

Patrick Dodson warns Aboriginal people will be refugees in their own country if communities close

Professor Patrick Dodson.

DAN HARRISON Eminent Aboriginal elder Patrick Dodson has lashed the Abbott government's decision to cease funding for essential services in remote communities, a move that has contributed to one state government proposing to close 150 communities.

Australia will miss emissions target due to Direct Action, UN says

A United Nations report says Australia will miss its CO2 emissions target for 2020.

MICHAEL KOZIOL The United Nations believes Australia will fail to meet its 2020 emissions target and has blamed the Abbott government's decision to replace carbon-pricing with a "Direct Action" scheme.

Julie Bishop says Barack Obama wrong about climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef

Julie Bishop: Obama overstated climate change threat to Great Barrier Reef.

Latika Bourke and Peter Hannam Julie Bishop has rejected Barack Obama's assertion that the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from climate change in a further sign of the Australian Government's displeasure with the US President's climate change speech, which overshadowed the G20 in Brisbane.

Protesters rally at Brisbane ABC studios

Protesters angry about the Federal Government's cuts to the ABC gather in Brisbane.

NATALIE BOCHENSKI Up to 200 people rally at South Bank to defend their favourite Aunty.

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Coroner's Court: Maribyrnong detention centre unaware Dalvir Singh had earlier attempted suicide


ADAM COOPER The management of the Maribyrnong detention centre in suburban was unaware a man who took his own life had made a suicide attempt seven weeks earlier, a coroner has been told.

ABC cuts tipped to hit news services including 7:30 and Lateline

<i>Lateline</i>, hosted by Emma Alberici, will be pared back to focus less on news reporting, sources say.

David Wroe and Sarah Whyte The ABC's newsrooms are bracing for job losses as the national broadcaster's board prepares to spend the weekend finding savings that are tipped to include 400 redundancies across the organisation.

ABC and SBS cuts are not cuts, and five other great political evasions

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made remarks to the media in Launceston on Tuesday 3 September 2013. Election 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

ROSE POWELL One might assume the freshly announced multimillion dollar budget reductions to our government-funded national broadcasters would render Tony Abbott's pre-election promise of "no cuts to the ABC or SBS" utterly broken. But apparently not.

Great Barrier Reef will be 'slaughtered': scientists dismiss Julie Bishop's claim reef not at risk


PETER HANNAM Scientists say the Great Barrier Reef will be “slaughtered” this century as seas warm and become more acidic, dismissing comments by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that the reef was not at risk.

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Other nations to follow Australia's success in deploying troops to Iraq

British forces, as well as those from the Netherlands and Canada, are set to follow Australia's lead into Iraq.

LATIKA BOURKE Britain, Canada and the Netherlands are using Australia's process for getting troops into Iraq as a template to authorise their own deployments.