Martin Ferguson

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson backs Tony Abbott's planned changes to Fair Work Act

James Massola Labor elder statesman Martin Ferguson says the ALP should support the return of the Coalition's construction watchdog, industrial relations reforms and warned Australia's high labour costs and low...

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,

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Judith Ireland dinkus

Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.

Plot gets murky rather than thickening

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Labor MP Martin Ferguson after he announced his resignation from Parliament.

Judith Ireland Espionage and politics are what you may call first cousins once removed.

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Of dodgers and dynasties

A salami sandwich was thrown at Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Tony Wright Schoolkid sandwich-hurling at the Prime Minister has something of a history in Australia.

Caltex 'lied to us', workers say

Angry unions have accused oil giant Caltex of lies and duplicity over the closure of its Kurnell refinery, saying up to 800 jobs are at risk.

'Sloppy paperwork' dogged energy project

David Wroe The federal government's $435 million green energy program failed to keep proper paperwork amid a rush to spend money in the wake of the global financial crisis, an auditor's report has found.

BHP retreats as boom wanes

Peter Ker, Clancy Yeates Australia's biggest resources companies have revealed that more than $50 billion worth of expansion projects will not go ahead as planned, in the latest sign that the peak of Australia's resources...

BHP's Olympic failure leaves $50bn hole

BHP Billiton's iron ore loading facility in Port Hedland will not be expanded.

Peter Ker and Clancy Yeates Australia's biggest resources companies have revealed that more than $50 billion worth of expansion projects have been mothballed.

Michelle Grattan

Gillard proves a tough nut to crack in rough week

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Michelle Grattan 'She's a tough bastard,' said one Labor man who's not the greatest fan of Julia Gillard, after Thursday's marathon news conference about her rather complicated professional and personal life before...

All the little extras in an MP's grab-bag

Conroy and Swan.

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Green light for dirtiest power

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Chris Johnson Australia's dirtiest power stations will no longer be phased out as was planned under the government's Clean Energy Future, after talks with station owners collapsed over compensation amounts.

Mining threat to Swan's surplus

Peter Martin, Clancy Yeates The federal government's surplus - and Labor Party promises - will come under intense pressure from a drop in metal prices of up to 16 per cent over the coming year.

Newman reverses ban on uranium

David Wroe Queensland government overturns decades-long ban as conservationists attack move as a broken promise.

Greens, independents riled up over Swan's lack of revenue

Phillip Coorey The Greens and independents are demanding the government re-legislate to toughen up the mining tax after revelations that not a single cent will be collected in the tax's first three months,...

Greens, MP want mining tax toughened

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Phillip Coorey The Greens and independents are demanding the government re-legislate to toughen the mining tax after revelations that not a single cent will be collected in the tax's first three months, threatening...

Claims Swan deserted his boss

Peter Hartcher The night before he turned against his prime minister, Wayne Swan went to Kevin Rudd's office for a drink and congratulated him on defending the newly-announced mining tax, a new book reports.

Swan drank with PM the night before coup

Treasurer Wayne Swan and ex Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

Peter Hartcher THE night before he turned against his prime minister, Wayne Swan went to Kevin Rudd's office for a drink and congratulated him on defending the newly announced mining tax, a new book reports.

Inside the Rudd hit

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Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.

Households could be paid to switch off

Lenore Taylor Households and businesses will be able to cut their electricity bills by choosing to switch off during peak demand times when power costs soar under a package of reforms from the federal government.