Nicola Roxon

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.

Gillard renews gender push

Julia Gillard.

Michael Gordon The Gillard government will make a new pitch to female voters by announcing an inquiry into workplace discrimination against women taking parental leave when they are pregnant or caring for a baby.

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School chaplains challenge heads back to High Court

Ron Williams

Jane Lee The Queensland father who won a legal fight against the national school chaplaincy program has launched his second challenge against the federal government in the High Court over a law that allows it...

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?

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.

Data finds Australia a 'target' for spying

Philip Dorling United States allies such as Canada and Australia are primary targets for espionage, according to declassified Canadian military counter-intelligence assessments released under freedom of information...

Australia, Canada 'primary spy targets'

Jeffrey Delisle.

Philip Dorling United States allies such as Canada and Australia are primary targets for espionage, according to declassified Canadian military counter-intelligence assessments released under freedom of information...

Watchdog warns over extending spies' power

Dylan Welch Australia's intelligence watchdog has declared she is on the lookout for whether a proposal to embark upon one of the biggest expansions of security powers in a decade will lead to an imbalance...

Authorities flouted child rights for boat crew

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Catherine Branson.

Farah Farouque AUSTRALIAN authorities who incarcerated Indonesian children and wrongly accused them of being adult people smugglers were influenced by an ''adverse public discourse'' around people smugglers,...

Child rights are flouted for 'public opinion'

Nicola Roxon.

Farah Farouque Australian authorities who incarcerated Indonesian children were influenced by an 'adverse public discourse' around people smugglers, according to the nation's human rights chief.

Intelligence watchdog tracking new powers

Vivienne Thom

Dylan Welch AUSTRALIA'S intelligence watchdog has declared she is on the lookout for whether a proposal to embark upon one of the biggest expansions of security powers in a decade will lead to an imbalance...

Roxon rails at court overuse

Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

Natalie O'Brien Lawyers and their clients need to get over the ''Hollywood view'' of the legal system and consider more creative options than courtroom showdowns, the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, told a law...

Australia can't fight Assange's extradition

Julian Assange

While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living overseas, there's only so much the Australian government can do to fight any extradition to the US, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says.

Government's hands tied in Assange extradition: Roxon

While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living overseas, there's only so much the Australian government can do to fight any extradition to the United States, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon says.

Gun owner 'threatened' Roxon

Steve Butcher A man who menaced federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon at a pre-Anzac Day ceremony in Altona in April - and pointed his hand in the shape of a gun at her head - was later found to own five firearms,...

Hackers paralyse spy agency website

Lucy Battersby, Ben Grubb The notorious hacking group Anonymous crippled a computer server at the domestic spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and claimed the agency's website would be unavailable...

Roxon says no inquiry of Croation Six case

Attorney General Nicola Roxon.

Hamish McDonald THE Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, has declined to get involved in clearing up doubts about terrorism convictions that have been likened to Britain's Birmingham Six and Guildford Four cases as a...

Judge regrets jailing 'small fry'

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Michael Gordon A County Court judge has launched a scathing attack on mandatory sentencing laws under which a poor, grieving Indonesian, described by one of his passengers as a 'fine and noble man', was sent to...