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.

ACTU's Tim Lyons criticises royal commission into trade unions

Anna Patty Australian Council of Trade Unions questions the federal government's promise that the royal commission into trade unions would be a "sword that will cut both ways".

Middle Eastern military campaigns undermine our regional ties

Australian soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) encounter a herd of camels while training.

John Blaxland Tony Abbott needs to follow up on his pledge of 'more Jakarta and less Geneva', even when Middle Eastern issues distract.

Great ideas needed to fulfil Gough Whitlam's vision

Lasting legacy: Gough Whitlam in 1974.

John Elder Under the banner ``It's Time'', Gough Whitlam came to power as a one-man liberating army with a reform program so vast it was almost omnivorous.

Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists announced

In the running: Man Booker winner Richard Flanagan has been nominated for a Prime Minister's Literary Award.

Susan Wyndham After months of anxiety about the fate of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the shortlists were released quietly on Sunday afternoon with the promise that the winners of the $600,000 shared...

It's a shoe-in to remain an Aussie icon

Daisy Dumas They've been lobbed at John Howard, a graceless, straggling missile of rubber and cotton canvas. They've been worn by America's Cup-winning crews, prisoners, Navy sailors, supermodels and even Prime...

Public service workers' compensation reforms are 'harsh and unjust', say Labor

Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O'Connor.

Noel Towell The Opposition says 'mean' changes would leave hundreds of thousands of workers with less cover.

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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...

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...

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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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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Economists in favour of petrol tax increase

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Nassim Khadem Economists say increasing petrol taxes would be a good idea as long as the poor and small businesses are compensated.

Push for GST on fresh food

Senator Ian Macdonald during a Senate Estimates hearing with Departmental Secretary Martin Bowles and Assistant Immigration Minister Senator Michaelia Cash at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 25 February 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

James Massola A senior Coalition MP has called for the GST to apply to fresh food as rattled colleagues questioned the government's pre-budget political strategy and admitted they have been hit by a wave of voter...

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?