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The avengers

The Laird Brothers , left to right , Andrew , Rick and Phil sixth generation farmers who are fighting against mining in the forest that was named after their family.
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Frank Robson An unlikely coalition is standing in the way of a coal company's plan in a NSW forest.

Carbon tax going, but don't expect big savings

David Leyonhjelm

Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and cross bench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...

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Clever Clive: why falling asleep is a brilliant media strategy

Clive Palmer: All those clicks means he wins even while he loses.

Tony Wright It's a crowded world out there. All those voices hollering for attention. Shout loud enough and someone may hear.

No sell-off but Australia Post delivery reduction to be felt by city dwellers

Australia Post

Matthew Knott Mail should be delivered daily in regional areas but it is fair to expect city residents to visit the post office more often to pick up their mail, according to Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss.

Indonesian poll's predilection for the pretty and the pragmatic

Michael Bachelard One-time nude model, polygamist and schlock horror movie actress Angel Lelga smiles for the camera as a succession of poor women move in to be photographed in her orbit.

Hacking fear if electronic vote replaces pencil, paper

Daniel Hurst The replacement of paper-and-pencil voting with an electronic system could see Australians lose confidence in the integrity of election results, the nation's electoral chief has warned.

Clive Palmer's lead narrows to just 45 votes

Clive Palmer.

Bianca Hall Mining giant Clive Palmer’s lead in the seat of Fairfax has narrowed to a tiny 45 votes, increasing the likelihood of a recount.

Labor fears Kevin Rudd's old seat of Griffith may fall to Coalition

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Mark Kenny Bruised Labor MPs are bracing for a potentially hostile byelection as early as February in Kevin Rudd's Brisbane seat of Griffith, with party hard-heads conceding defeat is likely if the Liberal...

Bill Shorten says Tony Abbott is hiding plans for big cuts from Griffith voters

Mark Kenny Labor leader Bill Shorten has promised to be positive and has called on his frontbench to present the ALP as the party of ideas against a government he says is already running out of policy options.

Griffith byelection: election fatigue hits as Brisbane voters return to the ballot box

Cameron Atfield If anyone in Australia can lay claim to a solid case of voter fatigue, it's the good burghers of Griffith.

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

Australia's senate

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.

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Labor stalwarts urge ban on national park projects

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Tom Arup Senior Labor figures urging Gillard government to protect parks from state-backed grazing and logging.

Comeback trail

Pauline Hanson

Benjamin Law Undaunted by repeated electoral failure, Pauline Hanson is to again fly the One Nation flag in an attempt to woo voters. Benjamin Law goes on the hustings with "The Redhead You Can Trust".

The Palmersaurus party

Australian Billionaire Clive Palmer poses for a photograph in front of Jeff the dinosaur at the Palmer Resort in Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Palmer has dismissed reports the Australian PGA Championship is being played at his Coolum resort for the last time following PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn revealing earlier this week ongoing discussions with the Resort had failed to reach a new hosting agreement. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVING

Clive Palmer always thinks big, whether it's mining, property development or a bid for the Lodge. But when Frank Robson probes Palmer's past, he finds a gift for exaggeration - and distortion.

In the Senate or in the slammer?

Julian Assange.

Philip Dorling On Saturday, WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange could be a senator for Victoria and still be an exile being pursued by a US government determined to put him behind bars.

The tooth hurts: dental expert is eager to expose the cavities in fluoride conspiracy theories

Julie Power The evidence in favour of water fluoridation is crystal clear and compelling for this Sydney academic.

Accounts queried in tax sweep

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Barry O'Sullivan, the wealthy detective-turned-property developer who was recently chosen to replace Barnaby Joyce in the Senate, is one of the many high-profile Australians who has had a company...

Coalition prepare for tight battle against Rudd in Sydney, Melbourne

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...

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Ashby lawsuit designed to hurt me: Slipper

Peter Slipper.

Louise Hall Peter Slipper has made an impassioned plea to a court to throw out a sexual harassment case brought against him by his former staffer James Ashby.