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Hundreds of science jobs to go, sparking brain-drain warning

Bridie Smith Almost 1000 science and research jobs are at risk following funding cuts announced in federal budget, according to Labor.

Tony Abbott says he can't guarantee that university costs won't double due to slashed funding

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott speaks  during the Australian Socceroos Official Farewell Dinner at Sydney Opera House on May 22, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The Socceroos will head to Brazil next week ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to rule out university fees doubling because of his government's deregulation of the sector, as some institutions suggest the rises will be much greater due to...

Christopher Pyne suggests collecting HECS debts from dead students as way to help budget

Matthew Knott Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has floated the idea of collecting student debts from the dead as a way of boosting the budget bottom line.

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Education Minister Christopher Pyne gets in a muddle over student loans

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Judith Ireland Education Minister Christopher Pyne has confused the debate about proposed increases to university fees by appearing to contradict the government's own website over who will be affected by the budget...

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...

Fee reforms in doubt as unis call for delay

UWS' new vice chancellor Barney Glover.

Heath Gilmore, Matthew Knott University vice-chancellors are agitating for a delay in the deregulation of course fees, throwing the federal government's higher education reforms into disarray.

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.

The end of the road?

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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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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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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.

Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Julia Gillard is working on major changes to her ministerial line up but won't confirm if more firings are imminent.

PM weighs up new poll date

Kevin Rudd.

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.