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Malcolm Fraser joins religious leaders in urging restraint in Syria

Barney Zwartz A US strike against Syria could spark a world war, say prominent Australians.

Alexander Downer offered $60,000 fee to lobby for jailed Australian

Alexander Downer

Rick Feneley Former foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer has confirmed he was offered a success fee to help free one of two Australians jailed in Dubai but, in the end, he did not send a bill because he did...

Coalition sidestepping push for external Sri Lankan human rights inquiry

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Sarah Whyte The Coalition government is continuing to sidestep whether it will support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Labor and the Greens backing it.

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.

Senator George Brandis QC to release Labor's pink batts cabinet documents

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Michael Gordon The Abbott government has decided to make cabinet documents from the former government available to the Royal Commission into the abandoned home insulation scheme in an unprecedented move that could...

Tony Abbott approved decision to release cabinet papers to the royal commission into Labor's botched home insulation scheme

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally approved a decision to make cabinet documents available to the royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally approved a decision to make cabinet documents available to the royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.

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How electronic espionage was exposed four decades ago

Philip Dorling Newly declassified correspondence tells an intriguing story of spies and leaks centred on one of Australia's top investigative journalists.

Dubai property duo: Curtain about to come down on a nightmare that would enthral Hollywood

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Rick Feneley If the story of Matt Joyce and Marcus Lee and their families were to be made into a film - and this battle of innocent men falsely accused has all the ingredients - it might be called Enduring Love,...

Tony Abbott badly shaken but Labor can't be complacent

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Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.

Catholic parishioners try to reconcile faith with child sex abuse

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Catherine Armitage As Catholics around Australia are warned to prepare themselves for shock and shame from now until Christmas, one of Sydney's biggest congregations may be better prepared than most.

Waking up Australia

Ross Garnaut.

Michael Short During the past quarter of a century, many people throughout the world have been prepared to risk their lives to have the opportunity to approximate the lifestyle many Australians perhaps take for...

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Matt Joyce returns to Melbourne from Dubai after Sunland fraud case

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Rick Feneley, Nick Toscano After five years trapped in Dubai on fraud charges, Matt Joyce has flown home with his surfboard - itching for a wave - but also to confront questions about millions paid into a Channel Islands bank...

Gillard still in demand on Ballarat's walk of fame

David Ellery The good burghers of Ballarat hope that now Kevin Rudd has given Julia Gillard some unstructured time she will be able to visit to unveil her statue on the Prime Ministers Walk.

Asylum seekers allowed to apply for refugee status

Manus Island camp

Michael Gordon, David Wroe, Judith Ireland The Rudd government will begin processing the refugee claims of more than 22,000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat since the resumption of offshore processing last year.

Fresh is what they say it is

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Sarah Whyte Like millions of Australians, Martin Fisk thought he understood what fresh meant.

Life after politics for Julia Gillard: the whirl is her oyster

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Tony Wright As Julia Gillard considers life after politics, prepares to move close to her mother and sister in Adelaide and sets out to write a book, she may find guidance in a study of predecessors' careers...

Assault, gang rape claims in detention rise

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Natalie O'brien The level of alleged sexual crimes in detention centres has jumped dramatically.

Finding ourselves in the shadow of war

Lunch with.Berrima, Southern Highlands.July 14th, 2013.Photo.Sahlan Haeys.SMH .Former Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson.

Mark Dapin Australian War Memorial director - and former Liberal Party leader - Brendan Nelson meets me for Saturday lunch at the Bendooley Bar and Grill, Berrima, a short drive from his home in Bowral.

Biggest security threats ahead: ASIS

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Dylan Welch, Daniel Flitton The threats posed by the Cold War will be outdone by the multifaceted dangers of the 21st century, according to a landmark speech by the head of Australia's spy service today.

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