John Faulkner

John Faulkner furious as he falls victim to Parliament House 'spy' camera

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Philip Dorling, Heath Aston Federal Parliament's internal security cameras were used to monitor contact between a suspected whistleblower and veteran Labor senator John Faulkner, a Senate hearing has been told.

Move restricts right to know

David Fricker

Gregory Pemberton I have launched a case in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against the National Archives' decision to apply what its director-general called "a new, more restrictive approach" to the historical...

Bill Shorten must take on ALP's factions, Mark Latham says

James Massola Former Labor leader Mark Latham says Bill Shorten needs to do more to take on the entrenched power of the ALP's factions.

Tony Abbott approved decision to release cabinet papers to the royal commission into Labor's botched home insulation scheme

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally approved a decision to make cabinet documents available to the royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.

PM approved release of cabinet papers

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally approved a decision to make cabinet documents available to the royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.

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Fiona Nash, Alastair Furnival and a sea of contradictions

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent Labor's pursuit of conflict of interest allegations against the Assistant Health Minister has been a patchy faltering affair, at times brilliant, and at others, limp.

Litany of disasters engulfed Leighton

photo of Robert 'Bob' Humphris

Nick McKenzie Richard Baker Leighton Holdings' chairman Bob Humphris, along with other directors, oversaw a "dramatic failure in governance" that enabled corruption and "a litany of disasters" to engulf the company's...

Board game creators bring fun of Parliament to homes with Question Time!

Libby Blainey and Tess Shannon.

Tim Elliott There's back-stabbing and branch-stacking, pork-barrelling and spin-doctoring. There are leaks and leadership challenges, dirty tricks and cheap shots.

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard

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Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

The Money Men

Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Proposed and seconded by the meeting chair and former Victorian union secretary Cesar Melhem, the resolution was passed ''unanimously'' by a ''show of hands''. Or so the minutes claim.

Senate told Parliament trespasser 'had no particular direction'

Parliament House.

Peter Martin The intruder who came within inches of Prime Minister Julia Gillard during a press conference at Parliament House in August dropped into the offices of the Speaker Peter Slipper and Deputy Prime...

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.

It's time … to go back to Blacktown and a historic moment

Gough Whitlam on the campaign trail in 1972. Greeted by his daughter, Cathy, as he arrives at the polling booth to cast his vote in the 1972 federal election.

Helen Pitt ''MEN and women of Australia,'' Gough Whitlam began famously 40 years ago on November 13, 1972 in his campaign policy launch at the Blacktown Civic Centre.

Labor stalwart lashes party powerbrokers

Chris Johnson Labor Party stalwart John Faulkner has delivered a withering indictment of elements inside his own party, saying some members of the ALP lack principles and morals.

Call to end spies' FOI exemption

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Philip Dorling Australia's spies could be subject to increased public scrutiny if a top-level review accepts the advice of the Australian government's freedom-of-information watchdog.

The best quotes of 2012

From Gina Rinehart to The Wiggles, some of the more memorable quotes from notable Australians this past year.

Public servants baulk at FOI changes

Stephanie Peatling The public service is revolting against reforms brought in by the federal government to make it easier and cheaper for people to use freedom-of-information laws.

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Ross Peake

Law to shield whistleblowers

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

Ross Peake Federal Parliament has finally passed landmark legislation to protect public servants who blow the whistle on government corruption and maladministration.

Councillor forced tender vote

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Heath Aston Labor's candidate for the seat of Bennelong tried to overturn a tender process and direct Ryde Council's advertising budget to a local newspaper that was giving him favourable political coverage and...

Philip Dorling

Defence feared leak fallout

Philip Dorling Senior Defence officials feared WikiLeaks' exposé of secret United States military reports would undermine public support for the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan, according to newly...