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,

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

Therese Rein wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wipes a tear during his press conference on Thursday 24 June 2010 Parliament House Canberra after he was deposed by Julia Gillard. Photo by Andrew Meares / Fairfax SPECIAL 2222

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.

Calls to cut middle-class welfare

Tony Windsor

Jessica Wright The federal government should make deeper cuts to middle-class handouts, the Prime Minister was told in a recent meeting with two key independents, who are also backing an increase in the GST.

Push to transform energy sources

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Lenore Taylor Australia could source 85 per cent of its power from clean energy sources by 2050.

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Change of heart on Geoscience funds

Canberra:  Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism Martin Ferguson, at Canberra Airport today Tuesday November 15, 2011.

The federal government has reversed course and will increase rather than cut funding for Geoscience Australia, the federal body charged with mapping the country's resources.

Funding boosted for 'carbon and capture' project

Coal plant.

The federal government has increased funding for a technology that aims to trap and store carbon dioxide emissions at coal-fired power plants.

Tourism initiative shows there's plenty of value in just saying g'day

Paul Hogan

Shelly Horton FAR from cringing at the Paul Hogan ''throw a shrimp on the barbie'' tourism campaign of 1984, ''Hoges'' will be honoured as an Australian icon at the 10th anniversary G'Day USA gala for his...

PM's new department head 'an asset'

Drew Clarke

Ross Peake Julia Gillard has appointed a new head to a department whose main program would be significantly changed by an incoming Coalition Government.

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.

Nothing doing here mate, move along

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.