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TWU loses Labor Party influence as membership rort is caught

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

Outgoing AWU leader Paul Howes breaks ranks on Labor Party link

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Outgoing AWU leader Paul Howes has broken ranks with his union and now supports a severing of the historic link between Labor and its industrial wing.

Labor Party was losing its way under Rudd: Gillard

Julia Gillard

Megan Levy Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has accepted the role with "the greatest humility, resolve and enthusiasm".

Boral 'black banned' by union because of Grocon link

Boral

Nick Toscano Concrete giant Boral will allege that Australia's biggest building union has instituted a "black ban" on its products due to the company's association with developer Grocon.

Murdoch editors told to 'kill Whitlam' in 1975

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch waves to photographers as he is driven away from News UK headquarters in London, on June 26, 2014.  News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch was in London, where he visited the headquarters of News UK,  after the high-profile trial concluded with the acquittal of his protege Rebekah Brooks and the conviction of Andy Coulson, one of his former British newspaper editors. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Phillip Dorling Rupert Murdoch directed his editors to "kill Whitlam" some 10 months before the downfall of Gough Whitlam's Labor government, according to a newly released United States diplomatic report.

Chris Uhlmann and Gai Brodtmann a very Canberra couple

canberra couple

Megan Doherty Gai Brodtmann and Chris Uhlmann have always been one of Canberra's most intriguing couples

HSU's Kathy Jackson accuses Bill Shorten of Labor branch-stacking involvement

Accused of ALP branch-stacking: Bill Shorten.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty Controversial union leader Kathy Jackson has accused her former friend Bill Shorten of being involved in Labor Party branch-stacking saying she had discussed the practice with the now Opposition...

Shorten accused of ALP branch-stacking

Ben Schneiders, Anna Patty Controversial union leader Kathy Jackson has accused her former friend Bill Shorten of being involved in Labor Party branch-stacking, saying she had discussed the practice with the now Opposition...

Royal Commission: Kathy Jackson unable to explain how slush fund payments were spent

Jackson defends use of 'slush fun': Whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was unable to explain how a string of large withdrawals totalling tens of thousands of dollars from a union slush fund were spent.

Queen's Birthday honours list: the highlights

NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst in his chambers above the Supreme Courts who is on the Queen's Honours list. Sydney CBD. 6th june 2014. Photo by Tamara Dean

The Queen's Birthday honours list features Australians from all walks of life - from the state's top judge to a Fairy called Sparkle. The Herald spoke to some of the recipients.

Australia's first banknote to head offshore

TEN : ROCHDALE : 000131 : Photograph by Andrew Taylor : SMH : News : Report by Greg Lenthen : 1913 ten shilling note, serial number M000001 sells for $1Million.  Barrie Winsor from Moretarium with the note.......

Mark Hawthorne It's the first banknote struck by the nation of Australia, and an important landmark in the country's history, but a 10-shilling note dating from 1913 looks set to fall into foreign hands because no...

Putting party before country: Politicians diners, not lifters, after budget

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15:  Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives to hear opposition leader Bill Shorten delivers his budget reply speech on May 15, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. The opposition leader stated Labor would not support some of the governments key budget measures including the fuel excise, raise in pension age and charges for visits to the GP.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

James Massola The federal budget will cost families thousands of dollars in tax increases, rising medical costs and reduced benefits, but the Liberal Party will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from...

March in May protesters gather in capital cities

Protestors begin to assemble at Belmore Park, Central for an anti government march on 18 May 2014. Pic JENNY EVANS

Melanie Kembrey, Peta Doherty Thousands of protesters across the country are rallying against the Abbott government's budget in a vocal display of discontent at cuts to health and education.

Royal Commission fails to deliver Coalition the expected political advantage

Greg Combet.

Heath Aston When Greg Combet faced the royal commission into Labor's home insulation scheme he fought back tears in reflecting on the deaths of four young men.

Labor MPs will target electorates to make most of budget fury

Chris Bowen

Mark Kenny and Peter Martin Labor MPs have been told to step up their profiles in their electorates to capitalise on ''a tide of anger'' over the first Abbott-Hockey budget, during a special phone-based meeting of the federal...

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Women significant victims of cuts: Macklin

Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by the federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.

Correct inequity, rein in super tax breaks

As a retired financial planner and a beneficiary of the current super regime, I agree with the Herald's editorial on fixing the super tax breaks instead of attacking the poorest and most vulnerable...

Funding under the microscope

Funding under the microscope

Nicky Phillips 'The best part is we never need to specify exactly how it will work,'' says a prime ministerial staffer during an episode of ABC TV satire The Hollowmen.

The dark side of the net

Garry Muratore of activist group No Maccas in the Dandenong Ranges which has been beset by a long-running and bitter trolling campaign.

Chris Johnston Trolling is a new and potent threat to users of social media, and activist groups are on the receiving end of more abuse than most.

Is this the end of Medicare?

Medicare was always a dogfight. It became law in the most extraordinary circumstances: one of a handful of bills passed during the only joint sitting of Federal Parliament in the nation's history,...