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Car industry's $100m rescue fund stalls

Mark Hawthorne, James Massola A $100 million salvage package for redundant car industry workers is underfunded and in disarray, more than a month after Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised to announce the details of an assistance...

The end of the road?

Damon Cantwell

Michael Short The Zone: Damien Cantwell has spent 20 years studying public policy and manufacturing

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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,

40 asylum seekers rescued after patrol boat damages fishing vessel under tow

Australian Customs and Dept of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) process another boatload of asylum seekers after their arrival at Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island.
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Photo: Wolter Peeters
The Sydney Morning Herald

David Wroe An Australian Customs patrol boat had to rescue about 40 asylum seekers at the weekend after accidentally ripping the bow of the boat away and causing it to start sinking, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Car manufacturer Holden may quit Australia in 2016

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Mark Kenny Senior federal ministers believe Holden will cease production in Australia as early as 2016, it has been reported.

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Tribute to Nobel prize-winning scientist John Cornforth

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Opposition science spokesman Kim Carr has paid tribute to Professor John Cornforth.

Abbott in talks to take over universities, including their debts

Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government is considering taking control of the governance of Australian universities, relieving state governments of the responsibility.

PM weighs up new poll date

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Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...

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Politics by the book as publishers eye poll date

A letter to Newx Generation 'Why labor' book by Senator Kim Carr

Jason Steger Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is not the only one getting restless. Publishers are itching for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to call an election as they unleash a raft of political books they hope...

Tax change destabilises car sales

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Tim Colebatch The car industry has voiced fears that its manufacturers could fall victim to the Rudd government's decision to help pay for dumping its carbon tax by scrapping tax breaks for employer-provided cars.

Carr suggests university vice-chancellors provide alternative suggestions for savings

Kim Carr

Daniel Hurst Kim Carr asks university vice-chancellors to come up with alternative savings to cover $2.3bn in cuts the sector wants reversed.

Carr offers olive branch on tax plan

Tim Colebatch Mark Kenny The Rudd government could change its car plan to compensate Australian manufacturers if its reform of the fringe benefits tax leads to ''unintended consequences'', says Industry Minister Kim Carr.

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Abbott to fight changes to tax on fringe benefits

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Jonathan Swan, Mark Kenny, Tim Colebatch Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will oppose the government's plans to tighten the rules on tax benefits for salary-sacrificed cars, even though it means rejecting a $1.8 billion boost to the budget.

PM's $200m rescue package for car manufacturers

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Rachel Browne The Rudd government is set to announce a rescue package for Australia's ailing automotive industry, aimed at boosting demand for locally made cars.

Poll could kill car industry

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Tim Colebatch Holden chief says company will decide after election whether it will continue manufacturing here.

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Centrelink 'overstretched'

Christopher Knaus Staff cuts and the casualisation of Centrelink's workforce is dragging out waiting times, increasing customer complaints and causing significant public anger, a union report finds.

Welfare fraud becomes harder

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Stephanie Peatling Sophisticated data-mining techniques combined with old-fashioned private detectives and dobbing in wrongdoers are resulting in fewer people being prosecuted for welfare fraud and allowing the federal...

Fear that gaming apps will groom young gamblers

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Richard Willingham A virtual poker-machine game that children and teenagers can easily access was the highest-grossing phone and tablet app in Australia, prompting outrage from gambling critics and the established...

Single parent pension warning an 'error'

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Daniel Hurst CENTRELINK will contact tens of thousands of single parents who were incorrectly told to destroy their concession cards after moving to Newstart payments.

Shock resignations to prompt reshuffle

The retirement of Government ministers Chris Evans and Nicola Roxon will mean a cabinet reshuffle in delicate times.