John Howard

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.

Three fans 'humiliated' by police treatment at Roosters-Cowboys match

Three rugby fans of Middle Eastern appearance were singled out by a spectator for allegedly using their mobile phones in a suspicious manner during the game.

Rachel Olding Three football fans say they were "furious and humiliated" after being detained at a rugby league match for using their mobile telephones in a manner an onlooker deemed suspicious.

Government to sell Medibank Private by Christmas

Medibank is trialling a scheme that gives preferential treatment to privately insured patients at GP clinics.

Peter Martin and Jessica Gardner  Mum and dad investors and superannuation funds will soon own the bulk of Australia's biggest private health fund following a decision by the government to sell Medibank Private by Christmas.

Tony Abbott recounts backpacking days in India

Prime Minister Tony Abbott mixes with students.

Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has revealed a long-term love affair with the subcontinent, recounting his visit to India as a backpacker in 1981.

Hazards aplenty as Abbott takes the nation for a spin

All talk: Mr Abbott has emerged as an ideologue.

Heath Aston The road to effective – and popular – government has been lined with more potholes than the Coalition could have envisaged.

Julia Gillard to front royal commission

Julia Gillard will testify this week.

Anna Patty Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard is expected to appear before the royal commission into union corruption this week to be questioned about allegations she received money from a union slush fund to...

Julie Bishop urges Liberal Party to compromise on budget

James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.

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Budget deadlock: Former RBA official says fresh polls could be the answer

Warwick McKibbin.

James Massola Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin has suggested a new election may be needed to resolve the Senate impasse holding up vital budget savings, and has hit out at the political populism...

Hostile climate for PM despite repeal of tax

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Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott's success in scrapping the carbon tax last week has not arrested his government's poll slide, with Labor's primary support jumping three points and voters still favouring...

Private schooling no better than public in jobs market

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Alexandra Smith, Amy McNeilage Paying private school fees will not guarantee a better job after university, new research reveals.

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What happened to the fair go?

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Record numbers of Australians are sleeping rough as concerns about global inequality rise. Michael Green reports on the growing gap between rich and poor.

The spill

Joe Hockey

Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?

The Anzac evolution

crowds sleeping in the early hours of the morning, still hours before the commencement of the 93rd Anzac Day commemorative service at Anzac Cove.

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.

Celestial reminders capture Gallipoli spirit

Dawn service at Gallipoli, Turkey 25th of April 2014 The Age news picture by Joe Armao

Tony Wright A thin crescent moon slipped from behind the Sphinx, casting magic on the old hills and gullies hunkered in the dark.

Senate inquiry to investigate explosive federal police bribery claims over wheat board oil-for-food scandal

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Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie A Senate inquiry will examine a veteran federal police officer's explosive claim that he was offered a promotion in return for shutting down the AFP investigation into the Australian Wheat Board...

David Leyonhjelm: Trouble shooter

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Deborah Snow A pro-gun libertarian, senator-elect David Leyonhjelm is about to have a critical say in Australia's future direction.

Wink and you'll miss the real scandal

Tony Abbott winks

So the Prime Minister is not just a liar. He's a winker. A granny calls a radio show and explains that she works on a sex chat line to make ends meet (so to speak), and Tony Abbott's initial response...

The rage of a new generation

Chris Gall.

Jacqueline Maley On the evening of May 5, Chris Gall and his fellow activists ran through the streets of the inner-Sydney suburb of Ultimo seeking refuge.

A true believer, PJK comes to the party with some vintage lines

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Mark Kenny, James Massola Labor leader Bill Shorten was doing more than channelling Paul Keating in his hard-hitting budget reply speech on May 15, for which he received sustained applause from the packed - and stacked -...