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Barnaby Joyce on Afghanistan

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The Nationals' Senate leader, Barnaby Joyce, voices his misgivings with those calling for a 'debate' on Australia's role in Afghanistan.

Barnaby Joyce warns of threat to resource security

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Michelle Grattan Nationals Senate leader issues warning on ownership of strategic assets by foreign state-owned companies.

Coalition celebrates a religious Easter: Eight of 19 cabinet members are Catholic

SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - SEPTEMBER 07:  Australian Prime Minister-elect, Tony Abbott claims victory in the 2013 Australian Election on September 7, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Liberal-National Coalition leader Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister in a landslide victory over Labor leader Kevin Rudd, bringing the conservative party to power for the first time in six years.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.

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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.

Farmers seek long-term support as $320 million drought relief package unveiled

Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Hundreds of drought-battered farmers will be able to access discount loans of up to $1 million within a week - but the farming sector says it will push for more ''long-term'' financial support.

Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service

Heath Aston, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.

Hockey calls end to 'age of entitlement'

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Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has bluntly warned Australians that the days of governments saving businesses and jobs had passed, telling them, ''the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal...

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New video of Australian animals being mistreated in Mauritius alarms activists

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Lara O'Toole, Amanda Hoh Graphic footage of Australian bulls being mishandled in Mauritius has alarmed animal cruelty activists and renewed calls for tougher penalties on exporters.

Tony Abbott dismisses 'obsessive' slur on chief of staff Peta Credlin

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Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

Liberal Senator Ian Macdonald poses with a stuffed fish,

Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.

Joyce billed public for NRL games

Barnaby Joyce during a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce billed taxpayers nearly $5000 for ''official business'' travel while attending rugby league games, as senior ministers hint it is inevitable the Abbott government...

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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Comeback trail

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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".

Church lobby in win over charities watchdog

Cardinal George Pell appearing at the child sex abuse  inquiry.

Royce Millar Tony Abbott intends to abolish body monitoring the billions received by charities each year.

'I didn't do anything,' Ginia told mother regarding legal action

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Stephanie Gardiner On the afternoon Gina Rinehart's eldest children launched legal action against her over a $4 billion family trust, her youngest daughter wrote to her: ''I DIDN'T do anything!!!!!!!! I had absolutely...

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...

Windsor not Palmer's phantom candidate

Independent MP Tony Windsor with MPs from the Cross Party Working Group on Refugees, comment on asylum seekers during a doorstop interview, at Parliament House in Canberra, on Tuesday 24 July 2012. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Amy Remeikis Tony Windsor says he is not Clive Palmer's phantom federal candidate despite rumours of the independent federal MP joining the United Australia Party, sparked by a cryptic tweet.

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Hazel Hawke dies after battle with dementia

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Carolyn Webb and Catherine Chisholm Hazel Hawke has died peacefully after succumbing to complications of dementia, her family announced on Thursday.

Australia farewells Hazel

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Tony Wright One of Australia's most loved figures, Hazel Hawke has died at the age of 83.

Wirrpanda ready for another brutal contest

22 November 2011 - Pic Elesa Lee - The Queanbeyan Age - AFL star David Wirrpanda talks to Karabar High School year 8 and 9 students Jacinta Williams, Chloe Harvey, Rebecca Martin and Tanieka Riley

Former West Coast Eagle AFL star David Wirrpanda has finally committed to a tilt at federal politics, becoming a Senate nominee for Western Australia's Nationals.

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