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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".

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.''

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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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.

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...

Labor tries to intervene as Diggers' pay row heats up

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants the government to reconsider the Defence Force pay offer.

Noel Towell Shorten sends a plea to the military wages tribunal to reject government's controversial ADF pay offer.

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Blue-ribbon Liberal seats escape budget pain

Treasurer Joe Hockey

Heath Aston, Lisa Cox, Tom Allard Families in the outer suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne have been forced to do the heaviest lifting by the budget while those in the electorates of Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey...

Warrnambool's Arie Eddy still searching for job as politicians promise action

Yolanda Redrup Warrnambool teenager Arie Eddy has been searching for a job for almost three years with no luck.

Clean-up volunteers tackle largely plastic pollution on Melbourne's beaches

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Michael Green Nicko Lunardi, from Newport, is wearing a black T-shirt with two skulls on it. He is 27 years old, an electrician, and a drummer in two punk bands.

National security laws: the questions you were too nervous to ask in case ASIO was listening

ASIO

Philip Dorling Parliament this week adopted new national security laws. Wise and necessary to keep us safe, or the slippery slope to a police state? Philip Dorling snoops through the data to find out whether ASIO...

Revealing the hidden millions in political donations

Rick Feneley By American standards, it was small beer.  A curious Australian blogger went looking for the source of a mysterious $200,000 political donation to the secretive Free Enterprise Foundation,...

Funding cuts for War Memorial came on short notice

The Australian War Memorial.

Ross Peake Documents released under Freedom of Information confirm the Australian War Memorial was given only brief notice that funding would be cut for its travelling exhibitions, the Labor Party says.

Greens moves to head off jihad

Mark Kenny Greens leader Christine Milne has declared home-grown terrorism a greater threat to Australia than returning fighters, proposing the creation of a dedicated new national body designed to strengthen...

$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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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...