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.
Megan Levy Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has accepted the role with "the greatest humility, resolve and enthusiasm".
Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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Tony Wright Both Labor and Liberal leaders claimed they were confident of forming government.
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.