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Fear of ascendancy of Scott Morrison leads to scuttling of homeland security super-ministry

Mark Kenny and James Massola A move within the Abbott cabinet to establish a homeland security super-ministry drawing together several major departments and functions looks to have been scuttled because senior figures viewed it...

Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

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Waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor scored inside running on freight hub tender

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Heath Aston The Abbott government cut short a competitive tender process to grant a consortium led by waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor Chris Corrigan the inside running to develop a $1 billion freight...

Revealed: Monte Carlo address of donor linked to Liberal Party fund

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Sean Nicholls, Kate McClymont A short limousine ride from the famous Monte Carlo casino, the Les Caravelles building enjoys a dress circle position overlooking Port Hercules – a popular place for the world's mega rich to park...

Palmer sticks to his guns over lobbyists' roles in Liberal Party

Mining magnate Clive Palmer.

Lenore Taylor THE bitter feud between Liberal Party life member Clive Palmer and senior Liberal figures will spill into the party's federal council meeting this weekend, with Mr Palmer saying his concerns about...

Fraser quits Liberal Party

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Former PM Malcolm Fraser quits Liberal Party after allegedly telling his friends that his replacement, Tony Abbott, was "all over the place" in terms of policy

Dick Hamer: The quiet campaigner

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Tim Colebatch The Victorian Premier broke new ground in pushing for women's rights and campaigning for the environment. In his new book, Tim Colebatch reveals a little-known side to the Liberal politician.

Gillard accuses Rudd of sabotage, offers regret on Beazley

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The Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration delivered by Julia Gillard at Moonee Valley Racecourse.

Michael Gordon Julia Gillard has directly accused Kevin Rudd of sabotage and blackmail, but expressed anguish over her own role in toppling Kim Beazley.

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Liberal MP becomes the latest scalp

Craig Baumann MP at ICAC on September 12, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Michaela Whitbourn and Kate McClymont A sensational corruption inquiry has concluded by claiming a 10th NSW Liberal scalp, with Port Stephens MP Craig Baumann sent to the crossbench amid allegations he took secret developer donations.

Countdown begins to Fiji voting

Polling countdown: Frank Bainimarama head of Fiji's military government.

Stewart Firth Fiji's long anticipated election is under way.

Tony Abbott snubbed his senators for Melbourne fund-raiser

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Latika Bourke Tony Abbott broke with tradition and skipped an annual black tie dinner held for government senators when he attended a party fund-raiser in Melbourne on Monday night.

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Auditor-General to examine Abbott government's anti-crime fund over pork-barrelling claims

Mark Kenny The Auditor-General had agreed to examine the adminstration of the federal government's "Safer Streets Program" amid claims by the opposition that millions in taxpayer funds have been allocated to...

Abbott 'absolutely confident' federal Libs won't be dragged into donations scandal

Tony Abbott in Epping on Sunday.

Gareth Hutchens, Kate McClymont and Michaela Whitbourn Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is “absolutely confident” the Federal Liberal Party will not be dragged into the donations scandal engulfing the NSW Liberal Party, despite federal...

Julia Gillard to front royal commission

Julia Gillard will testify this week.

Anna Patty Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to appear before the royal commission into union corruption this week to be questioned about allegations she received money from a union slush fund to...

Australian National Council on Drugs takes a deep breath on cannabis

Damian Zammit, with wife Nancy, daughter Jessica and Imogen, who suffers from Dravet syndrome.

Julia Medew and Dan Harrison Pharmaceutical cannabis is effective for treating some forms of pain, reducing nausea and helping people gain weight, but there are barriers to medical use in Australia, the federal...

U-turn on marriage a vote-winner

Two of us. Surry Hills. November 5th, 2013. Photo Sahlan Hayes.GW. Same sex couple (left to right) Virginia Edwards and Christine Forster. They met when their sons attended the same pre-school, left their respective husbands to be together and are now engaged.

Judith Ireland Nearly 80 per cent of swing voters support same-sex marriage, according to the Liberal Party's in-house pollster, in findings that will ratchet up pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his...

What happened to the fair go?

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Record numbers of Australians are sleeping rough as concerns about global inequality rise. Michael Green reports on the growing gap between rich and poor.

Deakin University dumps disgraced Liberal Aaron Lane

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Deborah Gough Former Liberal candidate Aaron Lane, disowned by his party after homophobic comments on Twitter, has now lost his work at Deakin University.

Andrew Bolt says dumping of changes to Racial Discrimination Act section 18C is 'dangerous'

Andrew Bolt (file photo) asked 2GB's Steve Price: 'Don't we need a frank debate ... into how the Islamic culture, muslim culture, how they integrate here?'

Lucy Cormack Columnist and commentator Andrew Bolt has said Australia is "being asked to assimilate to immigrant values" in response to Tony Abbott's decision to dump changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Anti-gay and anti-Islam activists team up

Bernard Gaynor is contesting his dismissal by the army.

Noel Towell One of Australia's highest-profile anti-gay activists has recruited one of the nation's busiest anti-Islam campaigners to help him get his job back as an Army Reserve officer.