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...

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...

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.

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.

Oakeshott gives Labor sharp reminder of focus

Chris Johnson Government MPs are today scurrying to convince the Australian electorate they are more focussed on policy than on the embattled Labor leadership after a wake-up call from key independent Rob...

Rudd camp tips toughness on Greens

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Michelle Grattan A Rudd government would have different relationship with Greens, pro-Rudd sources say.

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Cost of 'Growler' jets blows out to $1.7b

David Ellery The cost to the taxpayer of converting 12 RAAF Super Hornets into $250 million electronic warfare warriors, or ''Growlers'', has increased almost six fold from $300 million to $1.7 billion.

MP pushes penalty for blatant media untruths

Labor MP Steve Gibbons is pushing for fines for the publication of untruths in the media.

Michelle Grattan MEDIA companies, journalists and ''shock jocks'' should be fined when they publish or broadcast material they know is factually wrong, Victorian Labor MP Steve Gibbons has said.

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...