Peter Garrett

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.

Responsibility was mine, says Garrett

Former minister Peter Garrett arrives at the Home Insulation Inquiry at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Rory Callinan and Marissa Calligeros Former environment minister Peter Garrett has taken responsibility for the Labor government's failed insulation scheme, but revealed prime minister Kevin Rudd refused to approve a change to the...

Royal Commission fails to deliver Coalition the expected political advantage

Greg Combet.

Heath Aston When Greg Combet faced the royal commission into Labor's home insulation scheme he fought back tears in reflecting on the deaths of four young men.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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...

Govt dances to Gonski's beat

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard is appealing directly to Australia's mining bosses to help get her new education plan funded.

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Turnbull's honesty call sparks debate

ACCAN Conference
Photo Michele MOssop
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National Broadband and telcos are discussed at the Australian Communcations Consumer Actions Network conference . 
Malcolm Turnbull with iphone at UTS conference

Chris Johnson Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has sparked debate about the quality of parliamentary question time by saying there was an urgent need for more honesty in politics.

Feds on attack as states cut budgets

Bianca Hall The federal government launched a bitter assault on Liberal states yesterday, saying Tuesday's state budgets that slashed education and health funding are a sign of what's to come under a federal...

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.

Top-of-the-class teachers at heart of education plan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on Monday 3 September 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

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.

Teachers to face annual review of performance

School Education Minister Peter Garrett

Andrew Stevenson EVERY school teacher faces an annual performance review with education ministers set today to approve a national framework for assessments to begin next year.

Clarify school profit rules, Garrett says

School Education Minister Peter Garrett

Anna Patty RESTRICTIONS that prevent schools from operating for profit should be tightened to legitimise taxpayer subsidies, the federal Education Minister, Peter Garrett, said yesterday.

Hearing told of sex education for kids

Bianca Hall Children will begin to be taught sexual education by as young as seven, a Senate estimates hearing was told yesterday.

Alarm at increase in drowning deaths

Primary school students should take compulsory swimming lessons

Jonathan Swan ALL primary students should take compulsory swimming lessons to arrest the ''alarming'' increase in drowning deaths among young people, the Royal Life Saving Society says.

Melting runway cuts flights to Antarctica

Andrew Darby Australia's $46 million Antarctic airstrip is melting, leaving the government scrambling to find a new air link to the frozen continent.