Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.
Megan Levy Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has accepted the role with "the greatest humility, resolve and enthusiasm".
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.
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.
Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Senior labour movement insiders have broken ranks to offer unprecedented co-operation to the Abbott government ahead of its royal commission on union slush funds and corruption.
Julie Power Australian couples tying the knot at close to 90,000 civil ceremonies every year have former attorney-general Lionel Murphy to thank. And now so can American couples wanting a secular marriage.
Tony Wright The measure of a modern minister is the number of words he or she expends in the effort to avoid revealing anything of substance.
Rick Feneley Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor is describing her first encounters with Tony Abbott in the early 1980s – on the rugby field and at a bar at Sydney University where the young leftie and the ‘‘coming...
James Massola Labor candidate Terri Butler is all but assured of claiming Kevin Rudd's former Queensland seat of Griffith, but LNP candidate Bill Glasson will wait until about 10,000 postal votes have been counted...
Alex Miller Cultural change in Australia has been driven by generations of immigrants. But the generous spirit towards new arrivals has grown cold and now we stand at a crossroads.
James Massola Josh Gordon Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott is poised to announce a royal commission with sweeping powers to examine corruption and other crime in the union movement.
Jonathan Swan Premier Jay Weatherill says he will consider resigning if outgoing Senator Don Farrell is pre-selected for a safe Labor seat before the March election.
Senator Don Farrell backs down on move to SA politics after Premier Jay Weatherill threatens to quit
Jonathan Swan Labor senator Don Farrell has pulled out of the preselection race for a safe state seat after South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill threatened to quit.
Anne Davies Sex on the union credit card. Bribery, kickbacks, bikies and stand-over tactics. Slush funds and favours for mates.
Cameron Atfield If anyone in Australia can lay claim to a solid case of voter fatigue, it's the good burghers of Griffith.
Bianca Hall As the ABC comes under government scrutiny, staff have been warned not to ''embellish'' or add ''any flourish'' to asylum seekers' claims they have been mistreated by border protection forces.
Anne Davies Bribery, kickbacks, bikies and standover tactics. Sex on the union credit card. Slush funds and favours for mates.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott, on the most basic measure, was Australia's most successful opposition leader. He oversaw the destruction of prime minister Kevin Rudd, prime minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd again.
Michael Green Is A Melbourne Journalist Gwenda Allgood is a no-nonsense local councillor, five times a mayor, from Ararat. In mid-November she travelled east to Seymour to speak about wind farms at a forum on energy held in the bowls club...