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Delhi offers little comfort to Morrison's boat mission

JASON KOUTSOUKIS 4:36pm The Indian government appears unlikely to accept the return of non-Indians among the 157 asylum seekers who have been held on the high seas by Australian customs officials since late June.

Government's $7 GP fee will only do themselves harm: AMA president Brian Owler

AMA president Brian Owler at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.

DAN HARRISON 4:04pm The worst possible outcome for the Abbott government would be if its proposal for a $7 Medicare fee actually became law, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler says.

UN vote 'transformed' atmosphere in Ukraine: Bishop

Pivotal moment: Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin votes to support the UN Security Council's resolution demanding unfettered access to the MH17 crash site.

NICK O'MALLEY 12:33pm The atmosphere around the crash site of MH17 changed almost the moment the UN Security Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for rebels to cede control of the site and release remains of victims, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells Fairfax.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove travels to the Netherlands to meet aircraft carrying MH17 victims

Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove

JUDITH IRELAND 10:32am Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.

'I won't be scripted': Jacqui Lambie defends comments about her ideal man

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie

JUDITH IRELAND 9:51am Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismisses childcare funding advice

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JUDITH IRELAND Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two are ''very separate issues''.

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CASA accused of bullying

DIGICAM 000 AFR, Generic pilot aircraft safety airport airplane aeroplane plane flight passenger travel business, CASA.
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Pilots have accused the air safety regulator of ''blatant institutional bullying'' over its warning that colourblind pilots could be grounded if it implements stricter medical requirements under consideration.

Joe Hockey biography by Madonna King reveals Treasurer wanted tougher budget

Joe Hockey

JAMES MASSOLA Joe Hockey's first budget, which delivered swingeing cuts to health, education and welfare, raised taxes and broke a series of promises, was ''much softer'' than the Treasurer had wanted, a new biography published on Wednesday says.

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Left favours raised taxes for balance

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09:  (L-R) Opposition leader, Bill Shorten, Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen and Shadow Minister for Financial Services, Bernie Ripoll address the media a photo at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices on July 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill Shorten; Chris Bowen; Bernie Ripoll

HEATH ASTON Labor's Left faction is pushing for a national debate on the size of government, with calls for higher taxes rather than cuts to spending to return the budget to balance.

Separate rooms, limited sun for asylum seekers

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014. Photo:

Michael Gordon, Jason Koutsoukis Family members among 157 asylum seekers being detained on the high seas in separate rooms on a customs vessel are allowed out for meals and ''approximately three hours'' of daylight a day, according to a document lodged with the High Court on Tuesday.

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Journey home begins

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

David Wroe, James Massola Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site, underscoring the massive challenge facing international investigators including Australians as they converge on Ukraine.

Tony Abbott slams evidence tampering at MH17 crash site

PM Tony Abbott address media on MH17 on Tuesday.

James Massola, David Wroe Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site.

TWU loses Labor Party influence as membership rort is caught

A TWU rally in Canberra.

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar A powerful right-wing union has had its formal influence in the Labor Party slashed after it was caught grossly inflating its membership numbers

Australian military plane leaves for the Netherlands to return bodies of Australian MH17 victims home

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after the signing of MH17 condolence book at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

David Wroe, Judith Ireland An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.

Well-hung? Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie boards the Oversharing Express on radio station Heart 107.3

Jacqui Lambie on her first day at Parliament House as a senator.

MATTHEW KNOTT Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has taken an innovative way to find love using talkback radio to search for a potential suitor – preferably one "well hung" and loaded with cash.

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Childcare report: Government dismisses Productivity Commission swipe at paid parental leave

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 22 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

JUDITH IRELAND The Coalition has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from Tony Abbott's paid parental scheme and into childcare services, arguing that the two are "separate things".

Abbott government documents show 157 asylum seekers detained on high seas allowed three hours of natural light a day

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 15 July 2014. Photo:

MICHAEL GORDON Family members among 157 asylum seekers being held on the high seas are being held in separate rooms on a customs vessel but are allowed out for meals, according to documents lodged with the High Court on Tuesday.

ACTU wants employers to compensate workers for Abbott government budget measures

Workplace Relations Minister Eric Abetz has condemned a push by unions to make employers compensate workers for budget measures such as the GP fee.

NICK TOSCANO Employers who require workers to provide a doctor's note on sick days will be pressured to wear the cost of the proposed $7 GP co-payment, under a national union strategy set to be endorsed in Melbourne.

Tony Abbott hails UN backing for MH17 resolution

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

JUDITH IRELAND The Abbott government's push for a full independent investigation into the downing of MH17 over Ukraine has been backed by a unanimous vote UN Security Council, increasing pressure on Russia to facilitate access to the crash site.

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MH17: UN votes unanimously to support Australia's resolution for access to crash site

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks to members of the Security Council during a meeting at United Nations in New York

NICK O'MALLEY The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to support Australia's resolution demanding full and unfettered access for investigators at the Malaysia Airlines jet crash site in eastern Ukraine.