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 end spies' FOI exemption

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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.

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

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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

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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

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

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Shock resignations to prompt reshuffle

The retirement of Government ministers Chris Evans and Nicola Roxon will mean a cabinet reshuffle in delicate times.

Gillard in turmoil

Julia Gillard.

Mark Kenny and Jessica Wright Julia Gillard's extended election campaign has suffered another damaging blow with the shock resignation of two of Labor’s most senior Cabinet ministers, the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and the...

Roxon, Evans shock resignations prompt cabinet reshuffle

Nicola Roxon

Mark Kenny and Jessica Wright Julia Gillard's extended election campaign has suffered another damaging blow with the shock resignation of two of Labor's most senior cabinet ministers.

Gillard rallies 'frontline troops' for election

Julia Gillard

Jessica Wright Prime Minister Julia Gillard rallies Labor election candidates, telling them they're the frontline troops who will take the government's message to the Australian people.

No more resignations expected: Albanese

No more resignations are anticipated following the decision of two senior federal Labor ministers to stand down, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says.

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.

Friends, spies and espionage

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Yeon Kim was crazy about soccer. Born, raised and in part educated in Asia's most successful World Cup soccer nation, South Korea, he always loved the game.