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Mother truckers

Women are carving out well-paid careers as long-haul truck drivers, writes Julie Power.

Medibank goes up for sale

PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS AFR PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 15032012.
GENERIC- Medibank - PRIVATE HEALTH INSURER

Peter Martin Jessica Gardner Mum-and-dad investors and superannuation funds will soon own the bulk of Australia's biggest private health insurer following the government's decision to dispose of Medibank Private by Christmas.

People smuggler supported by those he helped to Australia

Dawood Amiri

Michael Bachelard, Indonesia Correspondent 1:46am A people smuggler involved in the deaths of 96 people when a boat sank in 2012 is being financially supported in an Indonesian prison by his former clients.

Former Japanese PM who rode out Fukushima crisis campaigns against Australian uranium

May Nango and Mark Djandjomerr at the Magela Creek, downstream from the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu National Park.

DEBORAH SNOW 12:15am Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan visits the Ranger uranium mine.

Lack of transparency on gas market could lead to taxpayer rip-off in pipeline folly

Michael West dinkus Dinkus

MICHAEL WEST 12:15am Number one corporate welfare initiative of the week is indubitably the proposal to build a gas pipeline from west to east.

Government to sell Medibank Private by Christmas

Medibank is trialling a scheme that gives preferential treatment to privately insured patients at GP clinics.

Peter Martin and Jessica Gardner  12:15am Mum and dad investors and superannuation funds will soon own the bulk of Australia's biggest private health fund following a decision by the government to sell Medibank Private by Christmas.

Australia's solar installers face another boom and bust

Under a cloud: Australia's renewable energy sector faces an uncertain future.

PETER HANNAM 11:45pm Solar energy installers are expecting a boom then sharp contraction of their businesses as the Abbott government prepares to take an axe to renewable energy support.

Tony Abbott says humanitarian intervention limited to Iraq

Tony Abbott

David Wroe and Nick O'Malley 5:44pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he doesn't plan to adopt a broader doctrine of intervening around the world to solve humanitarian crises beyond the current Iraq emergency.

Abbott blasts Moscow, faces new pressure to ban Putin from G20

DAVID WROE 5:03pm Pressure is mounting on Tony Abbott to push for a ban on Russia leader Vladimir Putin attending the Brisbane G20 meeting after Moscow caused international outrage by moving troops and tanks into neighbouring Ukraine.

Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson calls fling with royal commission barrister a 'charity shag'

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ANNA PATTY 3:18pm Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson admits "we all make mistakes" in life - including a "charity shag" she had with Health Services Union barrister Mark Irving more than 20 years ago.

Life as a transsexual rugby-playing carpenter

Nate Duivenvoorden, a transsexual rugby-playing carpenter and youth worker.

ERYK BAGSHAW Nate Duivenvoorden looks like any other rugby playing carpenter. The scruffy 30-year-old is built like a stocky scrum half.

Forget the sex, the real issue for Kathy Jackson is possible theft of thousands of dollars

Ben Schneiders.

BEN SCHNEIDERS No one has doubted Kathy Jackson’s capacity for histrionics. But Jackson’s ability to grab headlines should not distract from the serious evidence mounting against her that she potentially stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her HSU branch

The Aston Shuffle want to break the US

Aston Shuffle: The duo have been making music together for 10 years.

CRAIG MATHIESON First they took Australia, now they are taking America by storm as The Aston Shuffle hit the fine-line groove with EDM reports Craig Mathieson.

CD review, Head Job by Phil Rudd

Martin Boulton When you're the drummer in AC/DC's engine room you don't hook up and play with anyone.

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Qantas nosedive fails to make an impact on jaded consumers

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce.

ESTHER HAN Already worn out by past Qantas dramas such as the grounding of the fleet in 2011 and squabbles with the government, consumers could not care less about the massive loss.

Retro Friday - child trafficking rife 100 years ago

DAVID ELLERY While much has been made in recent weeks about the use of overseas surrogates by Australian couples wishing to have a family how much worse were things a century ago?

Gang-gang

Gang-gang: Catholic colleges cook for charity

Combined force: (From left) Isaac Brown, Joe Whyte,  Kane Harper and Declan Oswald.

DAVID ELLERY Two of Canberra’s Catholic schools are putting aside traditional sporting rivalry to join forces and cook up a storm.

Pop Will Eat Itself all over again

Cult hits: Pop Will East Itself.

GEORGE PALATHINGAL The British indie-rap-rock trailblazers return, looking different but sounding as formidable as ever.

Tony Abbott hit with questions over funding cut to the Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial.

ROSS PEAKE The federal government attempted to deflect criticism over a funding cut to the Australian War Memorial's travelling exhibitions by pointing to money promised for a larger exhibition for the Centenary of Anzac.

Former St Mary's Cathedral College principal charged with historical child abuse offences

Scales of Justice outside the District Court in Brisbane.

EMMA PARTRIDGE A Catholic brother and former principal of a prestigious Sydney school has been accused of indecently assaulting underage students.

NGA announces light-filled summer blockbuster with James Turrell retrospective

Artist James Turrell will be bringing a major retrospective to Canberra.

SALLY PRYOR His light-based installation has become a treasured part of the Canberra landscape, drawing visitors at all times of day to immerse themselves in a perception-bending view of the sky.

NSW calls for national ban on shampoo additives that are choking the oceans

Harbour health under threat from micro-nasties.

PETER HANNAM The NSW government has called for a national ban on the sale and production of shampoos and other products containing microplastics before they inflict worse damage on marine environments.

Australia and Indonesia to sign code of conduct to avoid another spying scandal

Foreign ministers Julie Bishop and Marty Natalegawa are expected to sign the code in Bali.

The 'joint understanding of a code of conduct' asks both nations not to use their intelligence to harm the other's interests.

Terror hits home: US said to be seeking allies for Iraq bombing raids

Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

DAVID WROE Australia's Defence Chief has warned the brutal Islamic State group will sooner or later have to be defeated "on the battlefield", as the United States was reportedly preparing to ask Australia for help with air strikes in Iraq.

NBN Co in $200m fight

NBN Co has taken Telstra to the NSW Court of Appeal to fight its $200 million loss against the telecommunications giant. NBN Co said on Wednesday it would appeal a July judgment over the terms of the $11 billion deal that saw Telstra hand over access to its pits and pipes to help build the national broadband network.

Worker's co-operatives: A stake in the businesss

The odd couple: Joe Caygill, left, and David Kerin have found a common cause despite their different political colours.

Michael Green Joe Caygill and Dave Kerin are the most unlikely of collaborators: one is a conservative-voting small businessman; the other, a Marx-quoting trade unionist.

Flight Centre predicts 'golden era' despite slump in profits

In-depth knowledge: Flight Centre's global workforce expanded by 31 per cent to 17,000 in the past six years.

ESTHER HAN That tropical holiday of soft, white sand and turquoise waters can be realised with the click of a button, thanks to the internet. But do not think it is killing off face-to-face travel agents.

Easybeat drummer became hit as bass player

Tony Cahill, musician and former Easybeat

John Tait Tony Cahill, who has died in Sydney aged 72, is best known as the drummer in two of Australia's legendary bands of the 1960s, the Purple Hearts and the Easybeats.

The young and the beautiful on display in David Rosetzky's urbane portraiture

A still from David Rosetzky's <i>Gaps</i>.

Reviewed by Penny Webb Melburnian David Rosetzky is a portraitist who holds a mirror up to a narrow demographic of contemporary urbanites.