Labor Party

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".

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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.

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...

Royal Commission: Kathy Jackson unable to explain how slush fund payments were spent

Jackson defends use of 'slush fun': Whistleblower Kathy Jackson.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders Health Services Union whistleblower Kathy Jackson was unable to explain how a string of large withdrawals totalling tens of thousands of dollars from a union slush fund were spent.

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

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".

Australia's first banknote to head offshore

TEN : ROCHDALE : 000131 : Photograph by Andrew Taylor : SMH : News : Report by Greg Lenthen : 1913 ten shilling note, serial number M000001 sells for $1Million.  Barrie Winsor from Moretarium with the note.......

Mark Hawthorne It's the first banknote struck by the nation of Australia, and an important landmark in the country's history, but a 10-shilling note dating from 1913 looks set to fall into foreign hands because no...

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.

Putting party before country: Politicians diners, not lifters, after budget

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15:  Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrives to hear opposition leader Bill Shorten delivers his budget reply speech on May 15, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. The opposition leader stated Labor would not support some of the governments key budget measures including the fuel excise, raise in pension age and charges for visits to the GP.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

James Massola The federal budget will cost families thousands of dollars in tax increases, rising medical costs and reduced benefits, but the Liberal Party will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from...

March in May protesters gather in capital cities

Protestors begin to assemble at Belmore Park, Central for an anti government march on 18 May 2014. Pic JENNY EVANS

Melanie Kembrey, Peta Doherty Thousands of protesters across the country are rallying against the Abbott government's budget in a vocal display of discontent at cuts to health and education.