Simon Crean

Deakin University dumps disgraced Liberal Aaron Lane

Aaron Lane

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.

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,

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.

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...

Tanner denies fanning leadership row as he closes political chapter

Tanner

Lenore Taylor, Phillip Coorey LINDSAY TANNER says his book criticising the Labor Party and the poll-driven ''panic'' that led to the coup against Kevin Rudd was not designed to help provoke another leadership change.

Tragedy just made us much stronger

John Howard.

John Howard THE Bali attack in October 2002 rocked Australia to its very core. It was an act of murderous terrorism, claiming the most lives in a single incident outside Australia, except in wartime.

A message from Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott We turn to each other in adversity, and often the worst can bring out our best.

Gong for 'little master' knocks Indian media for six

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 16:  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard poses with Indian children at a cricket clinic hosted by NGO Magic Bus NGO, which helps underprivileged children, on October 16, 2012 in New Delhi, India. Australian Prime Minister Gillard is on an official three day visit to India. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Matt Wade, Michelle Grattan HOW do you get India's attention? Give Sachin Tendulkar a gong.

Masterful stroke as PM awards gong to 'Little Master'

Matt Wade, Michelle Grattan How do you get India's attention? Give Sachin Tendulkar a gong.

'Nothing sinister' in arts exit

Kathy Keele.

Andrew Taylor Head of Australia Council for the Arts says there is nothing conspiratorial in her impending departure.

$200m film lost to Britain

By Steve Dow Australia has lost a $200 million film by the makers of the Matrix movies that would have employed 2000 people because the federal government refuses to increase financial support, apart from a...

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

Tony Windsor

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...