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Paul Keating celebrates 70 years

Jacqueline Maley When Bill Kelty rose to speak at his old friend Paul Keating's 70th birthday party last week, he polished up an old anecdote unknown to most of the 70-odd guests in the room.

Paul Keating at 70

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Jacqueline Maley It was an elegant cocktail affair that concluded about 9pm. The birthday boy asked his 70-odd guests not to bring gifts. The request must have come as a relief.

Paul Keating visits Labor colleagues

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating addressed a special caucus meeting with former ALP leaders including Bob Hawke and Bill Hyden

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating pays a visit to Labor colleagues at a special caucus meeting where he speaks to the ministers and reminisces on floating the Australian dollar.

Paul Keating: Privacy is under attack

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Former Prime Minister Paul Keating says privacy is under attack and the media doesn't care.

Tony Abbott blocks Paul Keating's 'judo chop' call

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Tony Abbott has brushed off criticism from former Labor prime minister Paul Keating, who says the opposition leader needs ‘‘the political judo chop’’.

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Paul Keating dodges red light charge

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Paul Keating goes to court over a red light infringement.

Western Australia's Senate election: The will or the swill of the people?

Dan Harrison A preference system that can be gamed and an electoral administration that loses ballot boxes.

PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.

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Government plan to lift Qantas foreign ownership cap faces stiff opposition

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 4 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Mark Kenny and James Massola Qantas faces the potential of years in business limbo, whether or not Tony Abbott succeeds in an unlikely move to scrap the 49 per cent foreign ownership cap.

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Katherine Keating to launch new media platform with Huffington Post

Portrait of Katherine Keating

Daisy Dumas Give Naomi Campbell, Ban Ki-moon, Jeff Koons and Tony Blair free rein to opine on a political issue, add the steerage of Katherine Keating and 90 million viewers, and a viral web sensation is born -...

The Zone transcript: Dr Aron Ping D'Souza

Michael Short Michael Short: Dr Aron Ping D'Souza, welcome to The Zone.

Conrad Black sums up the US: It's become a silly country

Public Knowledge Forum. Opera House, Sydney. A conversation with Conrad Black (former Media Propreitor) and The Honourable Bob Carr, former Australian Foreign Minister. NEWS photo: Marco Del Grande

Anne Davies When he graced Australian shores in the 1990s, the larger than life media mogul Conrad Black was crossing swords with that ''coarse autodidact'', former prime minister Paul Keating over foreign...

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,

Tony Abbott badly shaken but Labor can't be complacent

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Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.

Waking up Australia

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Michael Short During the past quarter of a century, many people throughout the world have been prepared to risk their lives to have the opportunity to approximate the lifestyle many Australians perhaps take for...

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Tony Abbott wrote 20 years ago floating dollar didn't make sense

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Gareth Hutchens In 1994, a young Tony Abbott wrote a review of a book by an economist and a political scientist, Hugh Stretton and Lionel Orchard.

Heavy justice

Police looking for illicit drugs at Future Music Festival use Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dogs.

Ninio Bucci and Jane Lee When the punching stopped, Sam had pummeled the man unconscious. It was December 2010 and Sam was drunk, standing between a pub and a kebab shop in a country town, about to have his first run-in with...

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.

Behind the veil

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Malcolm Knox Kerry Stokes has gone from rags to riches. But as Malcolm Knox reports, truth and closure are elusive in the story of the media mogul who is a master of reinvention.

With stories and songs, friends pay tribute to a life less ordinary

Damien Murphy Hazel Hawke's life as an ordinary wife and mother in a postwar Australia became so extraordinary that when the country came to say goodbye, five prime ministers honoured her.