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

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

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.

The spill

Joe Hockey

Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

CBA fallout widens as government mulls compo

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Adele Ferguson, Ben Butler The Abbott government has put intense pressure on Commonwealth Bank chief executive Ian Narev to make a more ''considered'' public response to the bank's financial planning scandal, possibly...

David Leyonhjelm: Trouble shooter

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Deborah Snow A pro-gun libertarian, senator-elect David Leyonhjelm is about to have a critical say in Australia's future direction.

Union corruption: Death threats in building industry

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Nick McKenzie Richard Baker A death threat to NSW construction union veteran Brian Fitzpatrick after he blew the whistle on the union's links to an organised crime figure is being examined by the royal commission on union...

Former ICAC head wants federal anti-graft body

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Linton Besser ICAC head calls for federal anti-corruption agency with powers of royal commission.

Malcolm Fraser: An unlikely radical

The Good Weekend Magazine.Malcolm Fraser heading out from Somerville in his boat.Pic Simon Schluter. 15 March 2014.

Robert Manne Hated by progressives for his role in Gough Whitlam's dismissal and his ultra-conservative foreign policies when Liberal PM, Malcolm Fraser today believes Australia should cut all military ties to...

Breakfast with Tony Abbott and friends - for $11,000

Tony Abbott having morning tea at the ACT Carers ACT Headquarters in Canberra in 2012.

James Massola Business people have been offered the chance to hear from Prime Minister Tony Abbott over bacon and eggs and sip tea with senior staff - but doing so will cost a cool $11,000 per person.

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Government braces for post-budget poll crash

Federal Director of the Liberal Party: Brian Loughnane.

Mark Kenny, James Massola, Matthew Knott Liberal Party federal director Brian Loughnane expects the government's poll slump to deepen after Tuesday's budget due to the sheer scale of cutbacks to be announced along with broken promises on...

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Chris Hartcher would have known about laundering donations, ICAC hears

Electorate officer Ray Carter (centre), departs after giving evidence at the Independent Commission Against Corruption hearing in Sydney on Monday.

Kate McClymont, Michaela Whitbourn Explosive evidence has been given at a corruption inquiry that the NSW Liberal Party subverted electoral funding laws by laundering illegal donations through a Canberra-based slush fund.

Mike Baird to make ministerial diaries public after lobbying allegations

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Sean Nicholls A summary of ministerial diaries will be published quarterly by the NSW government to try to improve transparency around meetings with lobbyists and others, following evidence at the Independent...

ATO braces for more work, less money

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Noel Towell and Phillip Thomson Public servants at the Australian Taxation Office face more work collecting Treasurer Joe Hockey’s new taxes, but with fewer workers to carry the load, ATO bosses have warned.

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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...

Obeid linked to winner of contracts worth $1 billion

Eddie Obeid

Sean Nicholls A power company whose chairman is in business with the nephew of corrupt former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid was awarded NSW government contracts worth close to $1 billion last month.

RBA denies access to report on money-printing arm's dealings with Saddam regime

Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie The Reserve Bank of Australia is refusing to release a report it commissioned on its banknote printing arm's dealings with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, on the grounds that it does not have a copy...

Hockey sues Fairfax for defamation over Treasurer for Sale articles

Louise Hall The Tresurer, Joe Hockey, is suing Fairfax Media for defamation over a series of articles about a fundraising forum which offered access to the treasurer in exchange for donations of thousands of...