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Mark Latham tips Anthony Albanese to take ALP top job

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Former Labor leader Mark Latham says he voted for Bill Shorten to take the party’s top job, but he doesn’t think he backed a winner.

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Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

Bill Shorten proposal to weaken ALP's union ties 'window dressing,' says Eric Abetz

Senator Eric Abetz

Anna Patty Employment Minister Eric Abetz has described proposals by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to weaken the Labor Party's ties to the union movement as "window dressing".

'It's something to be proud of': Rain couldn't dampen Mardi Gras revellers' spirit

Marleena Stool (Miss Wagga Wagga) and The Bag from Bowral

Rachel Olding It’s not quite bikini weather but that hasn’t stopped Sydney’s most flamboyant crowd from donning their pink g-strings and sequin-studded bras.

Jobs at risk if Qantas freed from Sale Act's 'shackles'

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James Massola, Matt O'Sullivan Government plans to unshackle Qantas from foreign ownership restrictions could clear the way for the airline to shift jobs overseas and outsource maintenance.

Government planning proposals lack merit, says Michael Deegan

Jacob Saulwick The country's chief infrastructure adviser has lashed out at the continued poor quality of planning by state and federal governments in a parting broadside as he prepares to lose his job.

SA premier Jay Weatherill may resign if Don Farrell preselected

Jay Weatherill.

Jonathan Swan Premier Jay Weatherill says he will consider resigning if outgoing Senator Don Farrell is pre-selected for a safe Labor seat before the March election.

Senator Don Farrell backs down on move to SA politics after Premier Jay Weatherill threatens to quit

Senator Don Farrell

Jonathan Swan Labor senator Don Farrell has pulled out of the preselection race for a safe state seat after South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill threatened to quit.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss gets high speed rail on track

Warren Truss

Ross Peake High-speed rail is a step closer, with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss committing the Coalition to preserving a land corridor.

Very fast train? Here's France's very fast way to do it

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Vince Chadwick The question was almost existential. ''What is one hour in a lifetime?'' asked the young man in a bar in Poitiers, a once mighty, now modest town of about 90,000 people between two valleys in western...

2013: The year when politicians earned rich rewards or got their just desserts

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks as his wife Therese Rein listens at a Labor Party function in Brisbane.

Judith Ireland Three prime ministers, 4 and a half Labor leaders (if you count Chris Bowen and Albo), one very big election and three Labor leadership votes.

Private parts: why the federal government is backing the states to sell off everything they can

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Heath Aston Tony Abbott once introduced Barry O'Farrell to a Liberal Party function with the wounding line: ''He ain't pretty, but he's pretty effective.''

PM weighs up new poll date

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Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...

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'Curious' Senate results could see review

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd returns the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 27 June 2013. Photo: Andrew Meares

The ability of micro parties to harvest preferences to win Senate seats could be investigated by the new federal government, deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop says.

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Abbott's model to wreck a government may come back to bite him

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a 'methodical, measured, calm' government. But he's overlooking something.

Kevin Rudd switch was right: MPs reject Julia Gillard attack

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Daniel Hurst Kevin Rudd's backers have hit back at post-election criticism from former prime minister Julia Gillard that this year's leadership change sent voters "a very cynical and shallow message" about...

So guess who's coming for afternoon tea?

Federal Labor leader aspirant

Peter Munro There are gem cakes and tea on the table waiting for the Candidate to arrive.

Lundy moves past PM's snub

Senator Kate Lundy.

Ross Peake ACT senator Kate Lundy is brushing off the snub of not being contacted by the PM when he was handing out jobs.

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'Showbag' to showpiece, a journey facing 'PM-to-be'

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Bill Shorten's enemies - and he made a few on his journey through the union movement, becoming invested with the prediction that he would be a prime minister one day - used to call him ''Showbag...

Rudd under 'incredible pressure' to name the day

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Peter Martin, Heath Aston Kevin Rudd is under ''incredible pressure'' from within Labor to call an election as the government's razor gang prepares to sign off on budget cuts that will allow the Prime Minister to campaign on...