Joel Fitzgibbon

Joel Fitzgibbon rejects claims

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Former defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon to take legal action over claims that he received money from a Chinese-Australian businesswoman.

How electronic espionage was exposed four decades ago

Philip Dorling Newly declassified correspondence tells an intriguing story of spies and leaks centred on one of Australia's top investigative journalists.

Agriculture cuts to hurt pests control

Former Minister for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon.

Noel Towell Australia's frontline defence against invasive plant and animal diseases is the latest operation to be hit by federal government cutbacks.

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Fresh Edward Snowden leak claims Australian phone data was shared with foreign agencies

Edward Snowden.

Tom Allard New leaked documents suggest Australia's premier eavesdropping agency offered a huge cache of Australian phone records to foreign spy agencies, raising questions about whether the action was lawful...

Home-built submarines very much in favour

Hon. Jason Clare.

David Ellery The government has sent its ''clearest signal yet'' it is leaning towards a locally designed and built future submarine, a prominent analyst says.

Gillard forced to retreat on Israel

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Phillip Coorey Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been forced to withdraw Australia's support for Israel in an upcoming United Nations vote after being opposed by the vast majority of her cabinet and warned she would...

Sex abuse unit will be able to prosecute

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Bianca Hall, Michelle Grattan, Josephine Tovey AN investigation unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

Greens go out on a limb, but will it hold them?

Christine Milne(Federal Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens) , Lee Rhiannon ( Greens senator).

Judith Ireland When the Greens senator Lee Rhiannon hit ''send'' on a tweet this week, congratulating the activist Jonathan Moylan for his hoax against Whitehaven Coal, the Twittersphere held its breath.

Iemma in frame as McClelland decides to bring down curtain

Morris Iemma

Daniel Hurst, Sean Nicholls, Judith Ireland THE former federal attorney-general and prominent Kevin Rudd supporter Robert McClelland is to retire from federal politics.

Greens act to make miners pay up

Federal Greens leader Christine Milne

Mark Kenny THE Greens have launched a new bid to force the nation's biggest miners to pay up under the mining tax, raising the pressure on Julia Gillard to admit the deal signed off with the three biggest...

Secrets and lies

Helen Liu

Richard Baker, Philip Dorling, Nick McKenzie On a summer day in Sydney many years ago, two young Chinese nationals and two younger Australians stood before a greying celebrant at a Kings Cross marriage registry.

Labor donor's sham marriage

Helen Liu and former husband David Schultz.

Richard Baker, Philip Dorling and Nick McKenzie A Chinese businesswoman who has been a generous Labor Party donor and long-time benefactor of influential federal MP Joel Fitzgibbon engaged in a sham marriage and swore false statutory declarations...

Nothing doing here mate, move along

Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.

Ex-Labor pollster tips 'epic disaster'

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 4 June 2013.

Michael Gordon For more than two years, Rod Cameron's pessimism about Labor's prospects has been a strictly private affair.

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Rudd backers frolic as PM loses her grip

Kevin Rudd points to the press gallery with Joel Fitzgibbon and John Murphy.

Tony Wright The politicians, namely a coterie of pranksters from Julia Gillard's government, are writing their own scripts.

Helen Liu defamation case: Age journalists ordered to reveal sources

Helen Liu

Nick Ralston The Age and three of its journalists have failed in a final bid to keep confidential their sources in a series of stories about Chinese-Australian businesswoman Helen Liu and a Labor MP.

Kevin Rudd switch was right: MPs reject Julia Gillard attack

Chris Bowen interim leader (Thumbnail)

Daniel Hurst Kevin Rudd's backers have hit back at post-election criticism from former prime minister Julia Gillard that this year's leadership change sent voters "a very cynical and shallow message" about...

Immigration probes Helen Liu marriage

Helen Liu

Richard Baker, Philip Dorling and Nick McKenzie Businesswoman Helen Liu - a Labor Party donor and benefactor to federal MP Joel Fitzgibbon - faces possible prosecution after the Immigration Department re-opened a probe into her alleged migration...

Immigration reopens case on Labor donor

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Richard Baker, Philip Dorling, Nick McKenzie Businesswoman Helen Liu, a Labor Party donor and benefactor to federal MP Joel Fitzgibbon, faces possible prosecution after the Immigration Department re-opened an investigation into her alleged...

Gillard safe in her job for now: backbenchers

Chris Johnson Labor MPs are feeling electorally vulnerable but there is no firm plan to topple Prime Minister Julia Gillard.