Jenny Macklin

Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.

Millions lost on Uluru resort deal

Ayers Rock Uluru

Heath Aston The head of the Indigenous Land Corporation has accused her own organisation of presiding over 'perhaps the largest single evaporation of public money in the indigenous policy domain, ever'.

Ayers Rock Resort: Uluru Aboriginal investment damned by indigenous leader

Uluru.

Heath Aston The head of the Indigenous Land Corporation has accused her own organisation of presiding over ''perhaps the largest single evaporation of public money in the indigenous policy domain, ever''.

Aboriginal body investigated over misuse of funds

Stanley Waistcoat, 8, plays at dusk by his Grandmother's 'humpy' bush house, by the Stuart Highway just north of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.

Debra Jopson One of the country's largest Aboriginal organisations is being investigated over the misuse of public funds.

Gillard renews gender push

Julia Gillard.

Michael Gordon The Gillard government will make a new pitch to female voters by announcing an inquiry into workplace discrimination against women taking parental leave when they are pregnant or caring for a baby.

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Hundreds to honour Yunupingu

Yunupingu

Chris Johnston Nhulunby, East Arnhem Land Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to attend a state memorial for Yunupingu to be held on sacred Aboriginal land today.

MPs told to stop a return to one-man band era

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (L), Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Jacinta Collins MP, Tony Burke MP and Bill Shorten MP sit at the Governor General's House on July 1, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.

Mark Kenny Outgoing Labor stalwart Simon Crean has warned colleagues to hold Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to his word to ensure Labor does not again degenerate into a ''one-man show''.

Game changer

warren mundine

He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.

Policy makes its creators proud

Minister Jenny Macklin in her office at Parliament House.

Phillip Thomson In two years, Labor's Paid Parental Leave scheme has helped more than 250,000 parents.

Coalition abandons baby bonus

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Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland An Abbott government would dump the baby bonus entirely - even the reduced, means-tested payments proposed by Labor, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has said.

Deadlock as leaders play politics with disability scheme

Prime Minister Julia Gillard meets with students during her visit to Black Mountain School, in Canberra.

Phillip Coorey THE hopes of 10,000 disabled people in the Hunter Valley remain on edge with the federal and state government ministers failing even to meet one another to secure for the region a trial of the...

Coalition vows it will wield razor to find disability funds

Disability

Phillip Coorey THE federal Coalition says it will find the $8 billion-a-year extra needed to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme by slashing spending, while Labor says it wants the states to contribute.

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.

Disability trial falters on detail

Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday called on Julia Gillard to confirm the Victorian trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Tom Arup Tensions have again flared between the Baillieu and Gillard governments over the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with a proposed Victorian trial bogged down in a wrangle over details.

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Gillard gathers advisers for poll

Peter Hartcher The Gillard government has started formal preparations for a federal election, promising to run a full term but also giving itself the option of an early poll.

Turnbull's honesty call sparks debate

ACCAN Conference
Photo Michele MOssop
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National Broadband and telcos are discussed at the Australian Communcations Consumer Actions Network conference . 
Malcolm Turnbull with iphone at UTS conference

Chris Johnson Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has sparked debate about the quality of parliamentary question time by saying there was an urgent need for more honesty in politics.

PM comes home to grieve for her father

Julia Gillard

Daniel Flitton and Richard Willingham THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will miss at least the first two days Parliament this week as she grieves with her family after the death of her father, John.

Paid leave for dad, partner

Fathers and same-sex partners will receive two weeks' paid leave under a federal government scheme aimed at giving dads more time off to help care for their baby.

A burden too heavy to carry?

Aborigine drinking

Russell Skelton Why are states relaxing drinking laws in some Aboriginal communities?

Inside the Rudd hit

Therese Rein wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wipes a tear during his press conference on Thursday 24 June 2010 Parliament House Canberra after he was deposed by Julia Gillard. Photo by Andrew Meares / Fairfax SPECIAL 2222

Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.