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Deakin University dumps disgraced Liberal Aaron Lane

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Deborah Gough Former Liberal candidate Aaron Lane, disowned by his party after homophobic comments on Twitter, has now lost his work at Deakin University.

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.

2013: The year when politicians earned rich rewards or got their just desserts

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd speaks as his wife Therese Rein listens at a Labor Party function in Brisbane.

Judith Ireland Three prime ministers, 4 and a half Labor leaders (if you count Chris Bowen and Albo), one very big election and three Labor leadership votes.

New MPs Clive Palmer and Cathy McGowan voice their dreams

Cathy McGowan and Clive Palmer.

Michael Gordon Clive Palmer was the headline act, but the biggest crowd came to support the woman who turned out to be his warm-up act, Cathy McGowan, the giant-slayer from north-east Victoria.

More Australian shows to come as Canberra, TV networks make a deal

Arts Minister Simon Crean.

Jonathan Swan Federal government to cut TV licence fees in exchange for more Australian content.

Between a rock and the 'new brutality'

Michael Gordon The TV cameras on both sides of the corridor that leads from the Prime Minister's suite to the House of Representatives were the dead give-away.

Gillard prepares ministerial reshuffle

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Julia Gillard is working on major changes to her ministerial line up but won't confirm if more firings are imminent.

Windsor calls for gay marriage referendum

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Heath Aston Australians would vote in a referendum on gay marriage as soon as September under a radical proposal by independent MP Tony Windsor, supported by the Greens and other crossbenchers.

Norfolk Island exodus as government deal stalls

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Natalie O'brien Desperate families have been forced to leave their homes on Norfolk Island and there are fears many more will follow after the federal government backed away from a financial reform package that...

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Judith Ireland Budget day in Canberra is a time-honoured tradition. It's a festival of lock-ups, leaks and scurrying about.

PM weighs up new poll date

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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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MPs told to stop a return to one-man band era

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd (L), Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Jacinta Collins MP, Tony Burke MP and Bill Shorten MP sit at the Governor General's House on July 1, 2013 in Canberra, Australia.

Mark Kenny Outgoing Labor stalwart Simon Crean has warned colleagues to hold Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to his word to ensure Labor does not again degenerate into a ''one-man show''.

On the campaign trail: the Asian-Australian story

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

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,

Father's frank records disclosed

Markus Mannheim A woman who asked for copies of her father's military records was given a bundle of papers showing he had a sexually transmitted disease and a history of misconduct.

Defence personnel's personal secrets revealed in archive files

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Markus Mannheim A woman who asked for copies of her father's military records was given a bundle of papers showing he had a sexually transmitted disease and a history of misconduct.

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PM pressed over role of faceless men in Carr offer

Chris Johnson Prime Minister Julia Gillard has again been forced to defend accusations she is controlled by Labor's faceless men, following revelations a senior party official offered former NSW premier Bob Carr a...

Officials to turn a new leaf as paper-pushing bill hits $220m

Director General of the National Archives David Fricker

Markus Mannheim THE days of paper-pushing bureaucrats may be coming to an end because the government can no longer afford to put it off.

Govt wages war on paper

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Markus Mannheim The pipedream of the paperless office will be within reach in three years – because taxpayers can no longer afford to put it off.

Small screen drama: industry's quota fears

Underbelly star, Roy Billing, joined others from the Australian screen industry today at Parliament House to call for local content regulation. 


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Julieanne Strachan Australian acting, directing and producing heavyweights have sounded the alarm over the future of local content on free-to-air and subscription television because the federal government has not...