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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

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

ALP accused of dirty tricks to protect Wollongong MP Noreen Hay

Veteran Wollongong MP Noreen Hays.

Heath Aston NSW Labor has been warned against returning to the "Tripodi-style model of caucus" amid claims ALP head office is "pulling out all stops" to ensure veteran MP Noreen Hay survives a preselection...

FOFA law changes: Palmer United Party infighting costs government

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie launches a stinging attack against party leader Clive Palmer.

Mark Kenny and Gareth Hutchens For Jacqui Lambie it has become personal.

Xenophon and Labor extend olive branch to Cormann

Extending an olive branch: Nick Xenophon

Gareth Hutchens The Labor Party and independent senator Nick Xenophon say they are willing to extend an olive branch to Finance Minister Mathias Cormann after they successfully disallowed his controversial financial...

Transport Workers Union refers inappropriate spending finding to royal commission

Anna Patty The Transport Workers Union has referred its findings of inappropriate spending of members' money to the royal commission into trade union corruption.

Sports and Police Minister won't ban cage fighting

'Brutal' business: Luke Rockhold, left, and Michael Bisping stare each other down pre-fight.

Rachel Olding It isn't just Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping going head-to-head in the infamous octagon cage.

Gough Whitlam's state memorial service celebratory rather than sad

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Damien Murphy Of tears there were few. Gough Whitlam's state memorial service was a relatively dry affair.

Allies of Shorten at the HSU should be considered for prosecution, lawyer says

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar Factional allies and friends of opposition leader Bill Shorten should be considered for criminal prosecution for their role in an alleged right of entry scam at the Health Services Union, a senior...

Gough Whitlam, remembered by his eldest son, Antony Whitlam, QC

Antony Whitlam, QC An edited speech by Antony Whitlam QC, son of Gough Whitlam, at his father's memorial service in Sydney.

Medical marijuana company to list on ASX

Phytotech Medical founder Ross Smith.

Stephen Cauchi In the United States, it is known as the dot bong boom. And although in Australia cannabis does not - yet - flow as freely, the first medical marijuana company is about to list on the Australian...

Senate inquiry into Joe Hockey's state infrastructure billions

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Heath Aston The Senate has set up an inquiry into Treasurer Joe Hockey's plans to hand out billions of dollars to state governments to privatise assets and reinvest the proceeds in new infrastructure.

Julie Bishop sparks own Coalition leadership rumours

Stirring the pot: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is being talked up as a future leader of the Liberal Party.

Jacqueline Maley Just because Julie Bishop, our briskly efficacious Foreign Minister, has been busy leading the Australian response to the MH17 disaster, eyeballing President Vladimir Putin and basking in the praise...

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Gough Whitlam receives accolades from all sides of politics

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Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent The political guns fell silent on Tuesday as senior political figures from all sides united as one to mark the passing of former Labor prime minister Edward Gough Whitlam, who died in Sydney at the...

Martyr for a moment, an achiever for life

Tony Stephens 'W ith all my reservations,'' said Gough Whitlam on his 80th birthday, ''I do admit I seem eternal.''

Press gallery veterans recall Whitlam era

Laurie Oakes enjoys a coffee as he reads the newspaper at his regular cafe, Grande's at Manuka.

Lisa Cox Press gallery veteran Laurie Oakes was at the Sunnybrook Hotel in Cabramatta the night Gough Whitlam won the 1972 election.

Gough Whitlam: Political earthquake reshaped the landscape

Gough Whitlam speaks to journalists at his William Street, Sydney, office in February 1986.

Peter Hartcher When Gough and Margaret Whitlam were caught up in an earthquake during a visit to China, a cartoonist took the opportunity to have some fun with the incident.

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The line's broken: Malcolm Fraser mourns his friend Gough Whitlam

Malcolm Fraser in 1975

Tony Wright "The line's broken," said Malcolm Fraser on the death of his friend Gough Whitlam.

CFMEU's Brian Parker set to be recalled before union commission

Under pressure: CFMEU official Brian Parker.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Embattled New South Wales construction union boss Brian Parker is set to be recalled before the union royal commission, as two new whistleblowers urge Labor and trade union leaders to seek a...