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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".

$580 million in public sector payouts last year

Treasurer Joe Hockey said the blow-out in redundancies was the result of the previous Labor government forcing job losses on the public service without putting money aside to pay for redundancy packages.

Noel Towell and Lisa Cox Bill for golden handshakes hits an all-time high.

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Greens reach for wallets in fight against Zed Seselja

ACT Senator Zed Seselja.

Ben Westcott Almost half of all individual donations to the ACT Greens in the 2013-14 financial year came from outside the territory, as Greens supporters across the country rallied to stop Zed Seselja getting...

Chronicling the colourful career of my childhood hero Peter Garrett

Peter Garrett

Ricky French From fronting Midnight Oil to the Labor government's environment, heritage and arts portfolios, Peter Garrett has impressed himself on the national consciousness.

Royal commission told mushroom pickers short-changed in union deal

Royce Millar, Nick Toscano Labor leader Bill Shorten faces his biggest test yet before the trade union royal commission with claims he oversaw an employment deal that lowered wages for hundreds of mushroom-pickers in return...

Precinct plan needed

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Ross Peake (''Dickson residents unite'', Forum, August 30, p3) reported on the proposed developments for Section 72 in Dickson.

Royal commission delves into transport union money transfers

Transferred money to another union: Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders The Transport Workers Union used an international redraw facility to transfer money interstate to another union and kept poor records of tens of thousands of dollars in other cash payments, a royal...

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.

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.

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

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.

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,...

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...