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Penny Wong and partner expecting first baby

Peter Jean Finance Minister Penny Wong has announced her partner Sophie Allouache is pregnant.

Penny Wong and gay partner expecting baby

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Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong and her gay partner are having a baby.

Clive Palmer about-turn sends carbon tax repeal back to the House

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Mark Kenny Clive Palmer's insistence on harsh penalties for companies caught withholding price cuts after the abolition of the carbon tax, has fuelled the impression that the Abbott government is being dictated...

Princely sum: Harry gets royal treatment

Fergus Hunter, Jonathan Swan Taxpayers were charged $150,000 for Prince Harry's two-night visit to Australia last October, Senate documents reveal.

Safe Schools program, chaplaincy scheme don't mix: experts

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Jill Stark A national program to protect gay high school students from bullying and discrimination is being undermined by the Abbott government's chaplaincy scheme, according to campaigners who fear...

SA premier Jay Weatherill may resign if Don Farrell preselected

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Jonathan Swan Premier Jay Weatherill says he will consider resigning if outgoing Senator Don Farrell is pre-selected for a safe Labor seat before the March election.

Senator Don Farrell backs down on move to SA politics after Premier Jay Weatherill threatens to quit

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Jonathan Swan Labor senator Don Farrell has pulled out of the preselection race for a safe state seat after South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill threatened to quit.

'It's something to be proud of': Rain couldn't dampen Mardi Gras revellers' spirit

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Rachel Olding It’s not quite bikini weather but that hasn’t stopped Sydney’s most flamboyant crowd from donning their pink g-strings and sequin-studded bras.

Scott Morrison defends move by PNG to call halt to Manus Island detention centre inquiry

Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to end a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

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Minister defends PNG's blocking of Manus inquiry

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Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to torpedo a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

Records add heat to climate debate

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Peter Hannam and David Wroe A sweltering 2013, Australia's hottest year on record, is the product of climate change and the warming trend is set to continue, experts say.

Labor picks $70b hole in Abbott policies

Chris Johnson Tony Abbott is under an election eve attack over an apparent $70 billion black hole in his campaign policies, with the government insisting the opposition would have to ''cut to the bone'' in health...

Court orders Tess Corbett to apologise

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Paul Bibby A former candidate from Bob Katter's Australia Party who likened gays and lesbians to paedophiles during an interview on the campaign trail has been found to have engaged in homosexual vilification...

PM flags major review of childcare system

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Daniel Hurst The Productivity Commission will launch an inquiry into how Australia’s childcare system can be improved to meet the needs of modern families.

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,

South Koreans free to sue thanks to new free trade agreement

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Gareth Hutchens South Korean corporations will be able to sue the Australian government under a new historic free trade agreement.

MPs split on Rudd's motive for interview

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Chris Johnson Labor MPs are expressing two views about former prime minister Kevin Rudd's vow to lift his profile in arguing the government's case in the lead-up to the next election.

Gay marriage bill defeated

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Advocates will shift their focus to legalising same sex marriage at the state level, after Federal MPs yesterday voted down a bill which would have allowed gay couples to marry.

Same-sex debate now shifts to states

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Dan Harrison ADVOCATES for legalising same-sex marriage will shift their focus to the state level, after federal MPs yesterday defeated a bill that would have allowed gay couples to marry.

Seniors group disputes hoarding claims

Peter Martin Older Australians hoard thousands of dollars in cash to pay for their funerals, but they don't do it to get the pension, says Seniors Australia, which has labelled the suggestion seniors use cash to...