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Family First anti-gay tweets 'not Wendy's'

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Confusion reigns at Family First as chairman Bob Day blames a staffer for comments on Senate candidate Wendy Francis' Twitter page.

After 17 agonising days, MH370 families' hopes dashed by a 26-word text

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Marissa Calligeros A 17-day vigil for Australian families praying for loved ones aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended at 11.52 on Monday night.

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.

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ABC admits it accidentally released pay details of stars including Tony Jones

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Peter Munro ABC investigators have tracked down the source of an embarrassing leak of the pay packets of its biggest and brightest stars. The culprit, as it turns out, was the ABC itself.

Warm, fuzzy families exist in many forms

Illustration from The Family Hour in Australia.

Andrew Stephens Melbourne artist Tai Snaith had a children's book published last year about the Australian family. In it, she used indigenous animals as a metaphor for different versions of the contemporary...

The $1m mistake: senator's poll windfall

Daivd Leyonhjelm.

Heath Aston NSW senator-elect David Leyonhjelm, who admits he benefited from voters mistaking him for a Liberal Party candidate on the ballot paper, will receive more than $1 million from taxpayers as a result...

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Greens pull ahead in Melbourne by-election

THE GREENS were pulling ahead last night of Labor on a two-party preferred basis with more than a third of the votes counted in the Melbourne by-election.

The ad that dared to use the V-word

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Shelly Horton FIFTY PER CENT of the population has one, yet the use of the word ''vagina'' in the latest Carefree advertisement has conservative groups shocked and complaints piling up.

No Sex Party please, we're Google

Australian Sex Party convener Fiona Patten.

Asher Moses The Australian Sex Party will tomorrow lodge formal complaints against Google with the US Department of Justice and the Australian competition watchdog, accusing the search giant of corrupt practices...

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All in the family

Moses Obeid.

Linton Besser and Kate McClymont Federal Labor is reeling from the arrest of its former MP Craig Thomson on fraud charges, but the NSW corruption inquiry, centred on whether Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid and his family enriched...

When political stunts go bad

Steve Fielding

Phillip Thomson They are the political high wire acts devised to win public support. But it often ends disastrously with a political staffer weeping in the background

Frustration with Greens poses fresh Labor leadership strains

Federal MP Penny Wong

Phillip Coorey, Sean Nicholls FEARS are growing within Labor that the fight with the Greens may have leadership consequences as ministers and MPs vent their spleens at the minor party and some begin to question the power-sharing...

Misha Schubert

Pollies tweet-talk electors

It's the new doorknock. Where once a politician might have turned up at your house or gotten a line on the nightly television news, these days they're just as keen to get into your Facebook feed or...

Unis plan for more life on campus with return of fees

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Dan Harrison UNIVERSITIES are promising more vibrant campuses and expanded support services after the compulsory student amenities fee is reintroduced next year.

Walkley winners for 2011

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Catch up on the best in Australian journalism over the past year - here is the full list of Walkley Award winners and their work.

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Age pair win Walkley for RBA reporting

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Rebecca Thistleton Two Age reporters have won Australia's top prize for investigative journalism at this year's Walkley Awards.

Glad rags and ballot gags, but grey hairs banished in new-look Senate

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With their suits starched and hair freshly dyed and coiffed, the Senate has welcomed its 12 newest members.

New senators sworn in

With their suits starched and hair freshly dyed and coiffed, the Senate has welcomed its 12 newest members.

This time with meaning: Abbott renews calls for carbon tax vote

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Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has repeated a call for a plebiscite on the carbon tax despite the move being sunk last month as a stunt.

Abbott renews plebiscite push

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Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott has repeated a call for a plebiscite on the carbon tax despite the move being sunk last month as a stunt.