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Signs Kevin Rudd, Peter Garrett may be called before insulation inquiry as counsel emphasises its powers

Amy Remeikis To those listening closely enough, it might have sounded like a thinly-veiled threat.

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Kevin Rudd and Peter Garrett may be called to witness box at insulation program inquiry

Foreign minister Kevin Rudd and School eduction minister Peter Garrett during question time at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 24 November 2011. Photo: Andrew Meares

Amy Remeikis To those listening close enough, it might have sounded like a thinly veiled threat.

International Court of Justice orders Japan to end Antarctic whaling

Andrew Darby When the world's last whaling factory ship ,the Nisshin Maru, left the Antarctic at the end of this past summer, it did something different.

Shiva swap involves National Gallery of Australia in international art looting case

Andrew Taylor It is a tale of two Shivas - one cast aside by the National Gallery of Australia only to become the prize exhibit at one of the world's leading museums.

Home insulation inquiry 'won't repeat earlier probes'

Builder in mask putting in pink batts for insulation.

Amy Remeikis Catherine and Kevin Fuller know what killed their son. Now they want to know how.

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Hundreds to honour Yunupingu

Yunupingu

Chris Johnston Nhulunby, East Arnhem Land Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to attend a state memorial for Yunupingu to be held on sacred Aboriginal land today.

Yunupingu farewelled in dignified dance

The State memorial Service for the former lead singer of the band Yothu Yindi.

Chris Johnston The emotional state memorial for Yothu Yindi singer and indigenous educator Yunupingu started and ended with dancing - the Madayin Bungul, by members of his own family, emerging from the Northern...

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Yunupingu farewelled in dignified dance

Chris Johnston The emotional state memorial for Yothu Yindi singer and indigenous educator Yunupingu started and ended with dancing

Time ticking on school reforms

Bill Shorten.

Daniel Hurst New Education Minister Bill Shorten has played down hopes the federal government will offer significant extra money to win over the states and salvage its $15 billion national school funding reforms.

Abbot Point coal terminal expansion delayed

Abbot Point Coal Terminal, near Bowen, Queensland.

Ben Cubby The federal government has delayed approval for the construction of the world's biggest coal port in Queensland until after the federal election.

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Taking the prize, losing the plot

Mining

Tim Colebatch The Labor government oversaw one of the world's best economic performances and then lost its way. Where is Tony Abbott heading?

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PM weighs up new poll date

Kevin Rudd.

Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...

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He called the whole country brother

Yunupingu

Michael Gordon We met at the funeral of his niece, who died too young from a treatable disease and suffered all the more because of her inadequate command of English, her second language.

$5.5b indigenous reforms 'at risk'

Peter Garrett

Michael Gordon Schools Minister Peter Garrett issues warning over funding for indigenous programs.

Singer who built bridge between two cultures

Yothu Yindi.

Bernard Zuel, Megan Levy The death of the educator and former singer of Yothu Yindi on Sunday has taken not just an innovator, community man and a worldwide pop star, but what indigenous country singer Troy Cassar Daley...

Australian children among the sleepiest

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Dan Harrison Sleepiness is holding Australian schoolchildren back in the international education race, a study suggests.

$74m put aside to pay for 'blatant' campaigns

Daniel Hurst An extra $74 million will be channelled into federal government advertising campaigns despite the budget's bleak finances.

Parents fear Gonski cuts may force them public

Stephen Grieve

Andrew Stevenson PRIVATE school parents are worried that less federal government money as a result of the Gonski review of school funding may force them back into the public system, according the NSW Parents' Council.

Garrett shy on Gonski cash

School Education Minister Peter Garrett

Michelle Grattan SCHOOLS Minister Peter Garrett has declined to endorse the full $5 billion cost of the schools package recommended by the Gonski inquiry, or say how much the federal government would want the states...

PM pledges to push for better teachers to make the grade

Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Bianca Hall ONLY the best and brightest will be able to get into university teaching courses under the federal government's reform package to improve the educational outcomes of the nation's children.