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.

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...

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...

Forces hunt rogue Afghan soldier

Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.

Dylan Welch, David Wroe The hunt for the rogue Afghan soldier who mowed down five Australian soldiers, killing three, continues as Julia Gillard described as ''ugly language'' a comment by independent Andrew Wilkie that she...

PM deflects 'blood on hands' jibe from Wilkie

 Lance Corporal Mervyn McDonald.

Dylan Welch, David Wroe THE hunt for the rogue Afghan soldier who mowed down five Australian soldiers, killing three, continued yesterday as Julia Gillard described as ''ugly language'' a comment by the independent MP...

All the little extras in an MP's grab-bag

Conroy and Swan.

Would you like an upgrade? Please come into the chairman's lounge for some free food and soothing muzak. And let us know if we can give you an iPad - to keep.

Senator's slip shows as he fails to declare NATO junket

Gary Humphries

Stuart Washington, Tom Allard A SENATOR in charge of policing his fellow politicians if they fail to disclose freebie trips and gifts has not formally revealed a junket to a military headquarters in Europe.

Anglican archbishop backs Christian lobby's gay views

Peter Jensen

Dan Harrison THE Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, has backed controversial comments by the Australian Christian Lobby head, Jim Wallace, that suggested a homosexual ''lifestyle'' was more hazardous to...

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Lawyer's comments to journalist should be allowed in Liu case: Fairfax

Louise Hall A Fairfax journalist's recollection of a conversation he had with a legal adviser to a Chinese-Australian businesswoman should have been accepted by a court as admissions made on her behalf, the...

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...