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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.

Carbon tax going, but don't expect big savings

David Leyonhjelm

Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and cross bench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...

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PUP hounds Senate to move offices together as car park row grows

The Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer addresses the media during a doorstop interview at the House of Representatives doors at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014.
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Heath Aston Call it office politics. The Palmer United Party senators are pushing to have their offices relocated to form a PUP enclave in Parliament House.

The spill

Joe Hockey

Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

David Leyonhjelm: Trouble shooter

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Deborah Snow A pro-gun libertarian, senator-elect David Leyonhjelm is about to have a critical say in Australia's future direction.

Taxes, fees, laws: Here's what's changing on July 1

Today is end of the financial year. What will next year bring?

Michael Koziol The new financial year will usher in a suite of changes - here's how they affect you.

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

David Lawton

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.

Direct action could fail even without Palmer United Party

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and DLP Senator John Madigan

Lisa Cox Legislation to implement Tony Abbott’s direct action policy is almost certain to fail in the new Senate in its present form, even if Palmer United Party senators were to vote in favour of the...

Milllion-plus university students face soaring costs for tertiary education

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Matthew Knott More than a million university students and former students would face extra charges, some in the tens of thousands of dollars, according to a Fairfax Media analysis of the planned move to impose...

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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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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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...

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...

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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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.