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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".

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

WA Senate count shows swing to Greens, PUP

Scott Ludlam

Rebecca Le May Greens Senator Scott Ludlam appears to have retained his seat in the re-run West Australian Senate election, with early results showing a big swing to the party.

Bill Shorten proposal to weaken ALP's union ties 'window dressing,' says Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz

Anna Patty Employment Minister Eric Abetz has described proposals by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to weaken the Labor Party's ties to the union movement as "window dressing".

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

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.

Union insiders helping slush fund investigation

Senator Eric Abetz

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.

Rupert Murdoch is no 'demented plutocrat', says Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull in question time.

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.

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

Australia's senate

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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Tony Abbott delivers large drone project to South Australia as polls approach

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott has inserted a new fleet of large surveillance drones worth up to $3 billion into the last days of the South Australian election, declaring they will operate from an air...

South Australian state election vote count could last days

Steven Marshall

Tony Wright Both Labor and Liberal leaders claimed they were confident of forming government.

Thanks to Lionel Murphy US couples can now choose how to marry

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.

'No Wimp' Morrison a man of few words in Manus death climb-down

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.

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Cate McGregor on leaving Malcolm McGregor behind and becoming a woman

Cate McGregor

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...

Rudd's Butler to serve more of the same in Griffith

Rudd

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...

What happened to our open, welcoming land?

Photo of Nyadak Gatluak, Maida Kanwal, Aisha Shahbazfetes and Fereshtah Mohammadi.

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.

PM signals powerful union probe

Peter Cosgrove is announced as the next Governor-General by Prime Minister Tony Abbott during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 28 January 2014.
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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.