Nicola Roxon

Smoke, mirrors and ciggy packs

Rachel Kleinman Almost a year after they came into effect, have Australia's tough new tobacco packaging laws had an impact on smoking rates?

Women meet the mother of all challenges

Cosima Marriner Collette Dinnigan's decision to close her fashion label so she can spend more time with her children has again shone the spotlight on the vexed issue of balancing work and family.

Super funds to bankroll new online news site

Eric Beecher

Ruth Williams and Madeleine Heffernan Some of Australia's biggest industry superannuation outfits are using member funds to quietly bankroll a new online news venture guided by Crikey backer Eric Beecher, with plans to promote the...

The Coalition's 'adults' are in charge of the country, but it's time Tony Abbott's team started growing up

Mark Kenny The same December night General Motors signed the death warrant of Holden, one of Tony Abbott's most senior ministers went looking for love.

Call to reform surrogacy laws

Kelly Hillsley is an altruistic surrogacy mother. Story is about a proposal for Australia to have a national legalised commercial surrogacy regime. 7th December 2012

Esther Han Australia should legalise commercial surrogacy to stop the exploitation of poor women and protect the legal status of children caught up in the booming overseas surrogacy trade, according to the...

Adoptions fall to historic low

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Rachel Browne and Vince Chadwick The number of children adopted by Australians has fallen to a historic low, with only 333 children adopted in 2011-12.

Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes charged with 11 child sex offences

Actor Robert Hughes

Megan Levy and Nick Ralston Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes been charged with 11 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s. Mr Hughes appeared in court when his matter was briefly heard on Thursday afternoon.

Hey Dad star lands to face multiple sex charges

Robert Hughes.

Megan Levy and Nick Ralston Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has been charged with 11 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Call to end spies' FOI exemption

Spy.

Philip Dorling Australia's spies could be subject to increased public scrutiny if a top-level review accepts the advice of the Australian government's freedom-of-information watchdog.

The best quotes of 2012

From Gina Rinehart to The Wiggles, some of the more memorable quotes from notable Australians this past year.

Covert watch on customs

Customs in crisis dinkus.

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker Police integrity watchdog runs covert inquiry into alleged corruption at nation's airports and ports.

Crime figure went to Christmas party for customs officers

Customs

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker A CRIME figure convicted this year of smuggling drugs through Sydney Airport with the help of allegedly corrupt customs officers attended a customs Christmas party last year.

New Year's resolution: accentuate the positive

Julia Gillard

Jacqueline Maley THE Gillard government bears no responsibility for the negative and vitriolic tone of political debate this year, according to the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, who admits the ''scrappy'' political year has...

Unions seek to expand protection for carers

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Dan Harrison UNIONS and human rights advocates have urged the Gillard government to strengthen proposed discrimination laws to provide greater protection to carers.

Child abuse inquiry 'prioritised'

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

The federal government is poised to reveal the terms of reference for the royal commission into child sexual abuse.

Abbott adviser in gender firing line

David Wroe and Nicole Hasham Labor has accused Tony Abbott of trying to jack up his standing with female voters after his top adviser, Peta Credlin, gave an interview defending her boss against sexism claims and talking about...

Unit to target child sex abusers

Royal Commission dink.

Bianca Hall An investigative unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.

Sanitarium ads raise question marks

Sanitarium logo.

Jane Lee Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon's department says Weet-Bix manufacturer Sanitarium - which advertises for job candidates who share its 'Christian-based principles' - is not a religious body,...

Tobacco giant won't quit fight on plain packaging

Plain packagin cigarettes

Jacqueline Maley BIG tobacco company Philip Morris has been forced to release documents relating to a stoush with the federal government, after taking its fight against the government's plain-packaging legislation to...

Australians most vulnerable to virtual stalkers

Internet.

Marika Dobbin Australians are among the world's heaviest internet users but also the most exposed to risks.

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