The Greens

Chronicling the colourful career of my childhood hero Peter Garrett

Ricky French From fronting Australia's most popular pub band to fronting the Labor government's environment, heritage and arts portfolios, Peter Garrett has impressed himself on the national consciousness.

Brown ponders the meaning of Liffey, where the Greens began

Bob Brown

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.

Abbott declares war on the Islamic State 'death cult'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny Two hundred elite special forces soldiers could be on the ground in Iraq within days after the Abbott government agreed to a US request to provide planes and 600 personnel to the region as part of a...

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...

Eric Abetz urged to take child labour concerns to G20 employment ministers

Children in Delhi suburbs work from 5am to 6pm every day winding plastic rope, says World Vision.

Anna Patty Employment minister Eric Abetz has been urged to raise the issue of child labour in sweatshops with his international colleagues next week when he hosts a meeting of G20 employment ministers.

Budget deadlock: Former RBA official says fresh polls could be the answer

Warwick McKibbin.

James Massola Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin has suggested a new election may be needed to resolve the Senate impasse holding up vital budget savings, and has hit out at the political populism...

Australia will supply fleeing Iraqis until safe, says PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott talks to troops during a visit to  Al Minhad Air Base during an unannounced visit on August 14, 2014. Photo: ADF


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David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australia will continue flying humanitarian missions over Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq until safety can be guaranteed for the thousands of Yazidi refugees hiding in...

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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Greens sound out ALP, crossbenchers about ending budget impasse

Christine Milne

James Massola Greens leader Christine Milne has moved to re-enter the political debate over the budget, seeking meetings with Labor and the Senate crossbench to a discuss alternative revenue measures in a...

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Letters to the Editor

Eastman tale shameful

Letters to the Editor I would like to acknowledge Jack Waterford for his steadfast coverage of the Eastman case, and thank him for his balanced and humane articles at the weekend (''Returning to court will mean a new...

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...

Gina Rinehart says MRRT scrapping "isn't about making Gina richer"

Gina Rinehart’s $10 billion Roy Hill iron ore project in WA has reached the halfway point of construction.

Mining magnate joins with resources giants in call to drop mining tax to allow Australia to compete internationally.

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Generation next

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Kids 18 and younger are said to be tech-savvy, scary smart and favour screen time to real-time play. But conservative and entrepreneurial? Amanda Hooton reveals some big surprises about Gen Z.

Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight

Tony Abbott.

Latika Bourke Legislation for Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to the parliament this calendar year

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Abbott axe poised to fall on carbon tax

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox and James Massola The government has edged closer to abolishing Labor's climate change laws with a vote to axe the carbon tax set to happen as soon as Wednesday.

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Carbon tax set for scrap heap as Clive Palmer finalises ETS details

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 07:  Clive Palmer speaks at National Press Club on July 7, 2014 in Canberra, Australia. Today is the first day of sitting for the new senate. Twelve Senators were sworn in this morning.  (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Lisa Cox, James Massola, Tom Arup The government has edged closer to abolishing Labor's climate change laws with a vote to axe the carbon tax to happen as soon as Wednesday.

Labor ruse sees FoFA regulations tabled in the Senate

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Gareth Hutchens The federal government will be forced to face a crucial vote on its watering down of Labor's financial advice reforms next week after Labor succeeded - via a ruse - in tabling them in the Senate.

Clive Palmer about-turn sends carbon tax repeal back to the House

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Mark Kenny Clive Palmer's insistence on harsh penalties for companies caught withholding price cuts after the abolition of the carbon tax, has fuelled the impression that the Abbott government is being dictated...