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Age pensions: Later, and less, plans the government

Treasurer Joe Hockey.

GARETH HUTCHENS Joe Hockey wants Australians to work until they're 70.

Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh on how we can stop domestic violence

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JOSEPHINE TOVEY Anna Bligh has a challenge for Australian men: if you think your mates might be hitting their wives or girlfriends, tell them: ''I don't want to be your friend if you're doing this kind of stuff.''

The Anzac evolution

crowds sleeping in the early hours of the morning, still hours before the commencement of the 93rd Anzac Day commemorative service at Anzac Cove.

TONY WRIGHT Hanifi Araz, a big man from the city of Canakkale across the Dardanelles from the Gallipoli Peninsula, saw the future in the early 1980s, and he wanted to be part of it.

Grange affair a hard act to swallow

Barry O'Farrell MP.

Deborah Snow, Sean Nicholls A throw-back to old-fashioned courtesies helps bring down a premier.

Rat of Tobruk remembers those who lost chance of life

Jack Caple

Peter Barrett It's a story Jack tells often. There they are, standing at a tram stop in Albert Park, when the well-dressed young man next to him notices his Rats of Tobruk badge. ''Who are they? A pop group?'' he asks.

Laid-back royals hit the beach, but barefoot stroll proves a step too far for duchess

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Damien Murphy Locals have long believed Manly the centre of the universe. Suspicions were confirmed on Thursday when Manly boy Mike Baird landed the second leg of the leadership double with the other local hero, Tony Abbott. On Friday, Manly received Royal Assent.

ICAC under threat of being silenced

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MICHAELA WHITBOURN The political attack on ICAC has begun.

Monitoring anklets under fire after rapist does runner

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Rachel Olding, Saffron Howden A rapist, who easily removed his electronic monitoring anklet on Wednesday, was able to go undetected for 45 minutes until police were notified.

Riding high on royal waves between flags

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Damien Murphy While many in our nation solemnly marked Good Friday, residents of Manly in NSW (and quite a few thousand tourists) were doing what they do best - hanging out on the beach - when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wandered on to the sand opposite the Manly Pacific Hotel.

Budget draws closer but audit reports still shrouded in mystery

Treasurer Joe Hockey is not saying much.

Colin Brinsden The build-up to the federal budget is beginning to look like an Agatha Christie whodunit.

A dark view of Easter chocolate-mania

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BEN WESTCOTT As Canberrans stocked up on chocolate for Easter, ACT nutritionists encouraged them to eat small, eat quality and eat happy.

Chris Judd in Carlton's finalised AFL team

Rob Forsaith 5:53pm The AFL teams for Sunday's three matches have been finalised, with Chris Judd, Jarrad Waite, Luke Dahlhaus and Tom Lynch heading the inclusions.

Public servants to work longer for more pay

Senator Eric Abetz.

NOEL TOWELL 1:48am Australia's 160,000 federal public servants are facing an assault on their traditional 7.5-hour working day as the Coalition pursues its tough policies on pay and conditions.

AFL clubs jostle for Good Friday football

Rob Forsaith, Roje Adaimy and Greg Buckle 4:34pm Andrew Demetriou says it's inevitable there will be AFL on Good Friday, and North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw says his club deserves to take part.

Swans prepared to rise to Freo challenge

Adrian Warren 6:07pm Struggling Sydney have been challenged to lift and turn their indifferent start to the AFL season around when they host Fremantle on Saturday.

Are beards about to go out of fashion?

Beards are back

Patrick Hatch 3:27pm Research by a team of Australian scientists has lead to a startling conclusion: beards could be about to go out of fashion.

Tom Meagher opens up about violence against women and the trauma of confronting Jill's killer

Tom and Gillian Meagher

Steve Lillebuen 4:43pm Jill Meagher's widowed husband has broken his silence to support abused women, warning against "ingrained sexism" and the "monster myth" around men who commit appalling crimes.

Shocking facts about everyday domestic appliances

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EMMA PARTRIDGE They are lurking in your bedroom, kitchen and lounge room and have the ability to break your bones and even kill.

Mike Baird fills Barry O'Farrell breach

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SEAN NICHOLLS Newly commissioned NSW Premier Mike Baird has foreshadowed changes to the way lobbyists operate in the state, declaring people are ''incredibly disappointed and shocked'' at what has unfolded before the Independent Commission Against Corruption in recent weeks.

MH370 search: oil slick was not from a plane engine, says JACC

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Michael Arnold

SAFFRON HOWDEN An oil slick found in the ocean where the search continues for missing flight MH370 was not from a plane engine or hydraulics, the search coordinators say.

Experimental vaccine helps advanced melanoma sufferers

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Julia Medew Australian researchers say an experimental vaccine is extending the lives of patients with advanced melanoma and could be a useful new treatment for the disease, which kills about 1500 Australians a year.

Air cargo class action nears settlement

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Airlines at the centre of a class action over alleged price fixing on freight services have agreed to a $38 million settlement.

Pharmacy operator to take $131m hit

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Australian Pharmaceutical Industries will include a $131 million writedown on the value of its assets in its upcoming half year results.

MH370 search: Craft modified to keep it submerged for longer

Phoenix Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 is craned over the side of Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield

ALEISHA ORR The unmanned underwater vehicle searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean is expected to analyse data from its third trip on Thursday morning.

ABC becomes first Western broadcaster to go China-wide

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Dominic White ABC wins permission from Chinese government to have its Australia Network content made available to the entire Chinese population.

Sydney puts on her best face to greet Duke and Duchess

The royal couple, with baby George, arrives in Sydney.

Damien Murphy, Sydney The world's most iconic couple landed in Australia's icon central when they started their nine-day national tour.

ABC wins unprecedented access in landmark Chinese deal

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The ABC has won permission from the Chinese government to have Australia Network content made available to the entire Chinese population - the most extensive access given to any Western broadcaster.

Monarchists rule as republican youth support wanes

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PETER MUNRO Young monarchists handed out flags under the clear sky, so many that a team was dispatched to source more. The sun shone bright enough to scorch their pale skin.

Sun and the crowds turn out to greet popular duke and duchess

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Damien Murphy The world's most recognised couple landed in Australia's most photogenic city to start their nine-day national tour.

Citigroup says worker safety a focus for investors in wake of Austar Coal Mine deaths

Bruce Rolph says investors are holding mining companies accountable for the safety standards of their mines.

EMMA MACDONALD Mining companies need to maintain the highest safety standards or risk a potential shareholder backlash, according to investment research firms.