The Greens

Brown ponders the meaning of Liffey, where the Greens began

For the last supper at Liffey tonight, Paul Thomas is planning to cook sausages on the open fire and serve them with salad and Tasmanian beer and bubbly, chilled in water from the stream that runs...

Keating not keen on the Greens

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Paul Keating is not happy with the the alliance between Labor and the Greens.

Don't give preferences to the Greens, says Howard

Phillip Coorey The former prime minister, John Howard, has urged the Liberal Party to avoid doing preference deals with the Greens, even if it puts the Coalition at a tactical disadvantage.

Tony Abbott slumps in polls despite best week yet

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after...

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Will Clive Palmer's splash cash work in WA Senate race?

Clive Palmer.

Rick Feneley, Heath Aston The mining magnate's ''Palmersaurus'', on the Sunshine Coast, could do with some extra guests.

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.

Clive Palmer puts Liberals' third seat at risk in WA Senate vote

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Tom Allard The Liberal Party is battling to hold a third Senate seat in Western Australia in Saturday's historic byelection for the upper house as an advertising blitz from mining magnate Clive Palmer begins to...

Christine Milne says Tony Abbott is ruling for Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch

James Massola Greens leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Tony Abbott is governing in the interests of mining magnates and media moguls and predicts he will be unable to manage an unruly Senate after July 1.

Bob Brown steps down as Sea Shepherd chairman

Bob Brown.

Former Australian Greens leader has stood down as chairman of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.

Senate poll in WA: Scott Ludlam's hopes may go up in smoke

Heath Aston Scott Ludlam's ''welcome to Western Australia'' speech against Prime Minister Tony Abbott lit up social media and made him an instant hero of Gen Y.

Newstart recipients falling behind as age pension nears $20,000

Peter Martin The age pension is approaching $20,000. The latest increase, to $19,916, opens up the widest gap yet between the single pension and the single Newstart unemployment allowance of $13,273.

Coalition sidestepping push for external Sri Lankan human rights inquiry

Julie Bishop

Sarah Whyte The Coalition government is continuing to sidestep whether it will support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Labor and the Greens backing it.

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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Liberals set to seize power in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Hobart The Liberal Party's grasp on majority government in Tasmania strengthened early in the count on Saturday night.

Liberals claim victory in Tasmanian state election

Tasmanian State Liberal leader Will Hodgman

Andrew Darby Winning Liberal leader Will Hodgman claimed an emphatic mandate for change in the Tasmanian election.

New premier, old fight in Tasmania

Andrew Darby Tasmanian premier-elect Will Hodgman has told environment groups their days of holding governments to ransom are over, as he dismissed warnings against reviving the state's forests conflict.

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Tony Abbott carves out new friendship

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Tony Wright The classic upbringing in a dirt-floor log cabin has been in lamentably short supply among the political class since Abe Lincoln, but when you're wooing foresters, a prime minister could barely do...

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Bordering on cruelty: asylum seekers in PNG have few rights left

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 NEWS -  Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sign an agreement over asylum seekers.

Sarah Whyte Who is responsible for asylum seekers sent to PNG by the Australian government?

Bandt bill targets PS jobs for minorities

Ben Westcott Greens call for mandatory targets to double number of people with disabilities in public service by 2019.