Peter Costello

Peter Costello

Peter Costello was Federal Treasurer from 1996 to 2007. He has written a best selling account of his time as Treasurer which is now published in paperback. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Tanya and three children.

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Peter Costello: quotes and stories

Former federal Liberal treasurer Peter Costello will not contest the next federal election. We look back through Fairfax Archives at some of his more memorable quotes and stories written about him.

Slush fund royal commission: the labour movement faces its demons

March starting at the Parliament House in Perth by Western Australian Unions.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the shots on public service sackings

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The Abbott government defied the advice of John Howard and Peter Costello when it axed Australia's top economic official.

GST will have to rise, warns Ken Henry

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James Massola, Gareth Hutchens One of Australia's most respected economists has lashed Treasurer Joe Hockey for his criticism of Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson, warned Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax...

Criticism mounts over Abbott removal of Treasury mandarin

Dr Martin Parkinson

Gareth Hutchens James Massola One of Australia's most respected economists has added his voice to criticism of the government's decision to send Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson on his way.

Investment banker Alastair Walton slugged $1 million land tax on mansion

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Chris Vedelago and Louise Hall A former Goldman Sachs executive dobbed in for allegedly trying to avoid paying land taxes.

Sydney's G20 a far cry from the drama and protests of years gone

Members of the Ukrainian community of Sydney gathered outside the Sofitel Hotel in support of the EuroMaidan movement, calling on G20 Finance Ministers to apply travel and financial sanctions against the Yanukovych regime in Ukraine. 22nd of February 2014 Photo Dominic Lorrimer

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Deborah Snow and Gareth Hutchens Downtown Sydney went about its usual business on Saturday, seemingly indifferent - if not oblivious- to the meeting of the world's most powerful financial minds taking place just a few blocks from...

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.

On the campaign trail: the Asian-Australian story

John Nguyen, liberal candiate for Chisholm talking to voters at Clayton Station . 18th May 2013. THE  AGE / MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Peter Cai John Nguyen and Wesa Chau are in the race to become the first Asian-born member of the House of Representatives.

Meet the Rudds, where politics is a family affair

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with his granddaughter Josephine with his wife Therese Rein and their daughter Jessica.

Shane Green There is political strategy in the presentation of the Rudd family and Jessica Rudd is no bit player.

The evolution of Abbott

Mark Baker It's just shy of 7 o'clock on a crisp winter's morning in Geelong. Tony Abbott is on his way to rescue the Great Ocean Road from the ravages of man and nature - or at least to rescue the seat of...

Spy agency taps undersea cables

Philip Dorling The nation's electronic espionage agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, is in a partnership with British, American and Singaporean intelligence agencies to tap undersea fibre optic...

Bracks loses post in 11th-hour sacking

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Josh Gordon, Daniel Flitton and Adrian Lowe Howard-era finance minister Nick Minchin has emerged as a contender to take over as consul-general in New York after Steve Bracks was dumped from the role as one of the first acts of the incoming...

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Finding ourselves in the shadow of war

Lunch with.Berrima, Southern Highlands.July 14th, 2013.Photo.Sahlan Haeys.SMH .Former Leader of the Federal Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson.

Mark Dapin Australian War Memorial director - and former Liberal Party leader - Brendan Nelson meets me for Saturday lunch at the Bendooley Bar and Grill, Berrima, a short drive from his home in Bowral.

Abbott pressed on company tax cuts

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Mark Kenny Tony Abbott defends his role as a big spender when he was Health Minister in the Howard Government.

Liberal MPs want rethink on Coalition's climate change plan

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott (right) speaks with Liberal MP Dr Mal Washer (centre) during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 10 September 2012.

Jonathan Swan Two Liberal MPs want Tony Abbott to review or consider abandoning parts of his $3.2 billion plan to combat climate change in light of ''dire economic circumstances''.

More mothers returning to work, preferably part-time

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Cosima Marriner More Australian women are going back to work after having children, but they prefer to work part-time and the age of their children when they rejoin the workforce is getting younger.

Abbott returns to the outback for 'sweat equity'

Michael Gordon The last time Tony Abbott visited Aurukun, a remote indigenous community on the west coast of Cape York, a young and angry girl pulled a kitchen knife on him when he arrived late one morning at her...

Memo warning RBA chiefs of corruption withheld from police

Glenn Stevens and Ric Battelino

Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker A secret memo sent to the 'Deputy Governor RBA' five years ago detailing bribery and corruption within a Reserve Bank subsidiary was withheld from the police, parliament and the government.

Memo outlining corruption details was sent to RBA

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker A secret memo sent to the ''Deputy Governor RBA'' five years ago detailing bribery and corruption within a Reserve Bank subsidiary was withheld from the police, parliament and the government.