Gough Whitlam

Australian violinist recruited to work as Soviet spy

Spy.

Phillip Dorling An Australian violinist was recruited by the KGB to work as a highly trained Soviet spy in Hong Kong and China, according to a just-released Russian intelligence archive.

Gruen transfer leaves second large hole at top of Treasury

David Gruen

Peter Martin The federal Treasury is to lose its two top officials in coming months.

David Leyonhjelm: Trouble shooter

Good Weekend. Portrait of David Ean Leyonhjelm, Australian politician who is a Senator-elect for New South Wales, representing the Liberal Democratic Party. Photo by James Brickwood. 15th May 2014. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH GOOD WEEKEND 140515

Deborah Snow A pro-gun libertarian, senator-elect David Leyonhjelm is about to have a critical say in Australia's future direction.

Murdoch editors told to 'kill Whitlam' in 1975

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch waves to photographers as he is driven away from News UK headquarters in London, on June 26, 2014.  News Corporation executive chairman Rupert Murdoch was in London, where he visited the headquarters of News UK,  after the high-profile trial concluded with the acquittal of his protege Rebekah Brooks and the conviction of Andy Coulson, one of his former British newspaper editors. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS

Phillip Dorling Rupert Murdoch directed his editors to "kill Whitlam" some 10 months before the downfall of Gough Whitlam's Labor government, according to a newly released United States diplomatic report.

The Anzac evolution

crowds sleeping in the early hours of the morning, still hours before the commencement of the 93rd Anzac Day commemorative service at Anzac Cove.

Tony Wright Hanifi Araz, a big man from the city of Canakkale across the Dardanelles from the Gallipoli Peninsula, saw the future in the early 1980s, and he wanted to be part of it.

Kim Williams: Former News Corp CEO has more surprises in store

LOW RES!!! GOOD WEEKEND. Portraits of Kim Williams. Photo by James Brickwood.

Tim Elliott A high-achiever from a young age, Kim Williams is known as one of our top business leaders. Now, the workaholic's sudden departure as News Corp's CEO has given him time for reflection.

The Zone transcript: Geoff Harris

Michael Short: Geoff Harris, welcome to The Zone.

Heavy justice

Police looking for illicit drugs at Future Music Festival use Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dogs.

Ninio Bucci and Jane Lee When the punching stopped, Sam had pummeled the man unconscious. It was December 2010 and Sam was drunk, standing between a pub and a kebab shop in a country town, about to have his first run-in with...

Back to the future: 1983 and all that

The old guard: Bob Hawke in 1983.

Nick Dyrenfurth According to legend, English teenagers possess a ''1066 and all that'' knowledge of their country's history.

Paul Keating at 70

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Jacqueline Maley It was an elegant cocktail affair that concluded about 9pm. The birthday boy asked his 70-odd guests not to bring gifts. The request must have come as a relief.

Campaigners ride wave of support for recognition

Jimmy Wavehill.

Dan Harrison There are no waves at Wave Hill, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, on the edge of the Tanami Desert. Far from the ocean, it seemed a strange place to bring a surfboard.

Campaigners on a wave to lift support

Jimmy Wavehill.

Dan Harrison There are no waves at Wave Hill, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, on the edge of the Tanami Desert.

Finding ourselves in the shadow of war

Lunch with.Berrima, Southern Highlands.July 14th, 2013.Photo.Sahlan Haeys.SMH .Former Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson.

Mark Dapin Australian War Memorial director - and former Liberal Party leader - Brendan Nelson meets me for Saturday lunch at the Bendooley Bar and Grill, Berrima, a short drive from his home in Bowral.

KGB 'recruited' two politicians as agents

Ivan Stenin (right) Geronty Lazovik

Philip Dorling A KGB officer ran two Australian federal MPs as Soviet agents in the 1970s, says ASIO report.

Tony Abbott badly shaken but Labor can't be complacent

Michael Gordon dinkus.

Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.

Catholic parishioners try to reconcile faith with child sex abuse

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Catherine Armitage As Catholics around Australia are warned to prepare themselves for shock and shame from now until Christmas, one of Sydney's biggest congregations may be better prepared than most.

Libs have lost core values: Fraser

Chris Johnson Former Liberal prime minister Malcolm Fraser has hit out at the party he once led, saying it has strayed too far to the right and has lost the vision of founder Robert Menzies.

Gay marriage bill defeated

Gay flag

Advocates will shift their focus to legalising same sex marriage at the state level, after Federal MPs yesterday voted down a bill which would have allowed gay couples to marry.

Same-sex debate now shifts to states

gay rights rally

Dan Harrison ADVOCATES for legalising same-sex marriage will shift their focus to the state level, after federal MPs yesterday defeated a bill that would have allowed gay couples to marry.

Elite nursing home probed

The federal Department of Health and Ageing has confirmed that the Aged Care Complaints Scheme is investigating concerns raised by three parties.

Rachel Browne Sydney's Lulworth House is under investigation over serious allegations of neglect.