Nicola Roxon

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.

Smoke, mirrors and ciggy packs

Cigarette packaging

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...

Roxon to bring in laws for gender bias

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Dan Harrison DISCRIMINATION on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity would be outlawed nationally under a proposed overhaul of federal discrimination laws to be unveiled on Tuesday.

PM to be focus of fiery final session

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Chris Johnson Federal politicians return to Canberra on Monday for what looks set to be a fiery week before Parliament rises for the Christmas break.

Commission urged to hear prisoner victims of child abuse

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Attorney General Robert Clark announced an inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisiations at Parliament House, Melbourne. Dr Wayne Chamley from the group Broken Rites had questions for the Premier.

Judith Ireland THE victims support group Broken Rites will call on the federal government to directly contact prison inmates and people on government benefits to make sure they are included in the royal commission...

Inquiry 'needs to include prisoners'

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Judith Ireland Victims support group Broken Rites will be calling on the federal government to directly contact the prison population and people on government benefits, to make sure they are included in the royal...

Variety of experts sought for child abuse commission

The overwhelming response to the royal commission on child sex abuse has highlighted the need for multiple commissioners, some with expertise in child protection, the Attorney-General Nicola Roxon...

Million-dollar fines set for privacy breaches

Nicola Roxon.

Jane Lee Privacy law changes 'the most significant in 20 years'.

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New laws to protect baby surrogates

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

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...

Hughes flies back to face questioning

Hughes

Andrew Drummond LONDON: Guarded by a ring of police officers and security guards, the Hey Dad! star Robert Hughes has boarded a flight to Australia where he is wanted on multiple sex assault allegations against...

Familiar tactic dismissed as abuse of process

Michael Harme

Harriet Alexander, Jane Lee MICHAEL HARMER has built a successful career in running high profile sexual discrimination lawsuits, chasing multimillion dollar payouts for the downtrodden in a blaze of publicity.

Adoptions plunge as red tape adds to delay of getting a child

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Rachel Browne SOCIAL AFFAIRS ADOPTION by Australians has fallen to a historic low, with 333 in 2011-12.

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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

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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.

The best quotes of 2012

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