Jenny Macklin

Women significant victims of cuts: Macklin

Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by the federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.

Just take any job, Keith Andrews tells young unemployed

Unemployment

Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system will be transformed to ''simplify'' about 50 different government payments, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has reaffirmed, less than a fortnight after sweeping...

Welfare groups warn changes will spark jobless catastrophe

Dan Harrison, Beau Donelly More than half a million young people could need emergency assistance to pay for food and shelter because of a federal government change which welfare groups warn will lead to ''catastrophe''.

Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

Abbott

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.

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.

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.

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''.

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.

Impasse ends on pokies reforms

Lisa Martin The stalemate on poker machine reform has ended and the federal government will introduce legislation into Parliament after successfully wooing the Australian Greens.

New tax for pokie pre-commitment plan

Richard Willingham All poker machine venues in Australia, regardless of size, will pay a new government tax to help fund national pokies reforms, although the price is yet to be set.

A fine line: 'Living on the dole is no easy ride'

Lisa McCrae-Moore

Vince Chadwick Lia McCrae-Moore just laughs at Families Minister Jenny Macklin's claim she could live on the dole.