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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.

World already feeling effects of climate change, says UN report

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Tom Arup Lisa Cox Climate change is being felt in all corners of the globe and some parts of the natural world may already be changing irreversibly, an assessment by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

Peter Greste: PM Tony Abbott 'deeply concerned' by charges

Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...

Dick Warburton investigated over foreign bribery scandal

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Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, James Massola The senior businessman appointed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott to review Australia's renewable energy target has been the subject of a secret internal investigation into his role as a former director...

Grief for Great Barrier Reef, say environmentalists

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Tom Arup, Andrew Darby They are two of Australia's most celebrated places of natural beauty, sitting at either end of the country. Both are world heritage protected.

Diplomatic espionage long a weapon in country's arsenal

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Philip Dorling Australia has long spied on our neighbours, especially Indonesia, and we've long sought to take advantage from that in our diplomacy.

Politicians get office decor down to a fine art

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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.

Tasmanian pulp mill back as election issue

Andrew Darby A pulp mill will again become a focal point of a Tasmanian state election after Premier Lara Giddings on Thursday flagged legislation that would help secure an environmental permit for the...

Anger over loggers' grab of exit cash

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Andrew Darby A $44 million federal government bailout of struggling logging contractors has ended in anger.

Rudd slams door on refugees

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd sign up for a new asylum deal

Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.

Greens pledge funding to help farmers sell direct to consumers in 'food deserts'

Chris Hingston Mobile farmers markets and fresh food box deliveries are at the forefront of a Greens plan.

Greens launch $85m plan to help farmers

The Greens have announced an $85 million plan to allow farmers to bypass Australia's major supermarkets and sell direct to the public.

Greens launch ad blitz, accuse Labor, Libs of being out of touch

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Farrah Tomazin The social justice values of Australian voters have been targeted by the Greens in a new advertising blitz designed to paint the major parties as "out of step" with the community.

Abbott drops a blonde bombshell

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Jonathan Swan Perhaps liberated by the blokey surrounds of Penrith stadium, Tony Abbott revealed a little too much of what he liked about Fiona Scott, the Coalition's candidate for Lindsay in western Sydney.

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Clean energy switch possible by 2030, at fossil fuel prices

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Peter Hannam Switching Australia to 100 per cent renewable power within decades could end up costing the same as continuing to use fossil fuels, a federal government study suggests.

'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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Milne survives push to axe her as Greens leader

Heath Aston, Chris Johnson Christine Milne has survived an aborted push to challenge her leadership - but some senior Greens claim the Tasmanian senator is now ''living on borrowed time''.

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Former Democrats leader Janet Powell dies

Janet Powell as leader of the Australian Democrats.

Judith Ireland Former Australian Democrats leader Janet Powell has died, aged 71.

Greens expect to hold Melbourne despite tough fight

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Craig Butt Adam Bandt says he is confident he can retain the Greens' only lower house seat.

Tax change destabilises car sales

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Tim Colebatch The car industry has voiced fears that its manufacturers could fall victim to the Rudd government's decision to help pay for dumping its carbon tax by scrapping tax breaks for employer-provided cars.