Colin Barnett

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.

Social media storm after WA cull claims first shark

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Opponents of the West Australian government's shark culling program have responded angrily to the first killing in the state's waters.

Kimberley Aborigines' fight for James Price point is now against WA's Premier

Walkers

Melissa Fyfe Before Australia's east coast had ever heard of James Price Point, even before the Broome township realised the high stakes, Goolarabooloo senior law man Phil Roe fought a guerilla-like battle...

Kimberley coast songlines at risk

Walkers on the 85km Lurujarri Heritage Trail by the Goolarabooloo community on the Dampier Peninsular north of Broome.

Melissa Fyfe The battle over the proposed gas plants near Broome has captured the hearts of musicians Missy Higgins and John Butler, and businessman Geoffrey Cousins.

'I love you guys ...': shark attack victim Zac Young's last words

Bull shark

Alexandra Smith, Manuel Mitternacht Grief-stricken teenagers have spoken of the moment their friend Zac Young was attacked by a tiger shark off NSW mid-north coast.

Rudd in last-ditch bid with WA's Barnett

WA Premier Colin Barnett

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to host a $2500-a-head fundraiser in Perth after a last-ditch bid to talk the West Australian Premier into signing up to the Better Schools reforms.

WA Premier will keep up fight for GST increase despite PM's rebuff

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett

Tim Colebatch West Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he will keep fighting for an increase in the rate of GST to pay for essential state services, despite a rebuff from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and little...

Gallagher may push Pyne for better school funding agreement

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher responds to news of the ACT Liberal parties serious breaches of legal obligations with regard to staff attendance records.

Daniel Hurst The ACT government will demand a better deal from the Abbott government on school funding if the hold-out states are lured with more favourable offers.

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NT leader signs on to disability scheme

The Northern Territory has signed on to the federal government’s national disability insurance scheme, leaving Western Australia as the only holdout.

Gillard faces difficult talks in WA

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard may face a frosty reception from West Australian Premier Colin Barnett on her flying visit to the state.

Chris Johnson, Emma Macdonald

ACT will lead trial disability scheme

Chris Johnson, Emma Macdonald The ACT will lead the nation with the largest of three trial launches for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, after Chief Minister Katy Gallagher agreed to join with the federal government in...

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National insurance deal a step closer

A deal to trial the National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW and Victoria has edged closer, as Prime Minister Julia Gillard stepped up pressure on the premiers.

Get serious, Swan tells Newman

Federal treasurer Wayne Swan.

Stephanie Peatling THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has accused the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, of being ''callous and cold hearted'' about people with disabilities, in an attempt to pressure him into supporting the...

Robb commits to disability scheme

Chris Johnson A Coalition government would go ahead with Labor's National Disability Insurance Scheme and deliver it on schedule, according to shadow finance minister Andrew Robb.

Western force: US eyes basing fleet near Perth

Nick O'malley, Dylan Welch The presence of US forces in Australia could be given a radical boost under plans due to be presented to Congress today, which include the particularly daring option of basing an entire US naval...

US eyes Perth naval base

USS Abraham Lincoln

Nick O'Malley, John Garnaut and Dylan Welch The US could base an aircraft carrier and supporting fleet in Perth, under plans to be presented to Congress today.

Govt dances to Gonski's beat

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is appealing directly to Australia's mining bosses to help get her new education plan funded.

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Swan's move, as Newman plays chicken with royalties

BRISBANE. NEWS. SUN-HERALD/BRISBANE TIMES.Photograph taken by Michelle Smith on Friday 3rd August, 2012.Queensland Premier Campbell Newman speaks to the media inside the new Brisbane Supreme and Distric Court.

Phillip Coorey THE Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, has called Wayne Swan's bluff and increased mining royalties by $1.

John Butler takes protest to BHP HQ

John Butler at BHP-Billiton protest.

Deborah Gough Mining giant BHP Billiton was described as "relative good guy" and investment bankers were "radical greenies" at a protest this morning featuring iconic musician John Butler.