John Howard

The Anzac evolution

Tony Wright Hanifi Araz, a big man from the city of Canakkale across the Dardanelles from the Gallipoli Peninsula, saw the future in the early 1980s, and he wanted to be part of it.

John Howard quiet on any advice he may have given to Arthur Sinodinos

Ross Peake Former prime minister John Howard will not reveal if he advised his former chief of staff Arthur Sinodinos to stand down.

Paging Dr John: Howard rewarded for public service

Former prime minister John Howard has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to Australian public life.

Australia-Japan agreement: Tariffs come down with historic deal

Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent, Tokyo Prime Minister Tony Abbott has secured a historic trade deal with Japan worth billions of dollars over the next 20 years, unlocking the previously impenetrable Japanese domestic market for Australian...

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What's on the table?

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John Garnaut Trade, tension, triumph: the PM's Asian trip pays off.

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.

Therese Rein set to make $150m from Ingeus sale

Anne Davies Those who know the Rudd-Reins used to joke that Therese Rein was its brains and high achiever, even if Kevin Rudd had claimed the highest office in the land.

Locked in a war of words to define free speech

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Gay Alcorn Fredrick Toben always insisted he wasn't a Holocaust denier because you couldn't deny something that never happened.

'Catch 22' for Olympian's daughter diagnosed with rare cancer

Chris Wilson His two-year-old daughter Indie Rose is so fragile, Jai Taurima’s lips leave a bruise with just the softest of kisses to her forehead.

Asylum seekers: Nothing to lose, desperation on Nauru

Nauru

Deborah Snow Witness accounts from inside Australia's detention centres are rare. Walled in behind government secrecy, contracts which bind them to silence, and fear for their future livelihoods, staff and former...

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

Australia's senate

Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the shots on public service sackings

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The Abbott government defied the advice of John Howard and Peter Costello when it axed Australia's top economic official.

GST will have to rise, warns Ken Henry

Dr Ken Henry

James Massola, Gareth Hutchens One of Australia's most respected economists has lashed Treasurer Joe Hockey for his criticism of Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson, warned Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax...

Criticism mounts over Abbott removal of Treasury mandarin

Dr Martin Parkinson

Gareth Hutchens James Massola One of Australia's most respected economists has added his voice to criticism of the government's decision to send Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson on his way.

Refugees

The Undesirables by Mark Isaacs reveals Nauru secrets

Photos show men who have attempted suicide or self-harm in the detention centre on Nauru.

Deborah Snow Eyewitness accounts from inside Australia's detention centres are rare.

Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.

Cate McGregor on leaving Malcolm McGregor behind and becoming a woman

Cate McGregor

Rick Feneley Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor is describing her first encounters with Tony Abbott in the early 1980s – on the rugby field and at a bar at Sydney University where the young leftie and the ‘‘coming...

Paul Keating at 70

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Jacqueline Maley It was an elegant cocktail affair that concluded about 9pm. The birthday boy asked his 70-odd guests not to bring gifts. The request must have come as a relief.

Peter Cosgrove: Yarralumla should be a breeze after dealing with conflicts and a cyclone

Peter Cosgrove

Tony Wright Australia's new governor-general-elect, Peter Cosgrove, won the Military Cross for gallantry as a young platoon commander in Vietnam, but he remained all but an unknown soldier to most Australians...