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Rupert Murdoch is no 'demented plutocrat', says Malcolm Turnbull

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.

Rupert Murdoch the most normal media tycoon I know, says Malcolm Turnbull

Turnbull

Judith Ireland Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed further deregulation of the media industry as he praised media mogul Rupert Murdoch as the ''most normal'' proprietor he knows.

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Taken for a ride

Kate McClymont and Deborah Snow Janice Hardacre has never forgotten the odd conversation she had with her then colleague, Michael Williamson, 20 years ago.

Two faced

Michael Williamson

Kate McClymont, Deborah Snow Janice Hardacre has never forgotten the odd conversation she had with her then colleague, Michael Williamson, 20 years ago.

Coalition prepare for tight battle against Rudd in Sydney, Melbourne

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...

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Can Labor overcome Obeid's malign presence?

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Anne Davies, Sean Nicholls and Linton Besser 'There are two types of people in the Labor Party,' says one senior NSW MP. ''Those who bent the knee and kissed Eddie's ring, and those who kept their distance because they thought him so odious.'

Push to review gambling logos on footy jumpers

Centrebet ad on St Kilda jumper

Heath Aston Football jumpers emblazoned with betting company logos and gambling advertisements at sporting grounds could be banned after a parliamentary committee raised concerns about the effect the punting...

Waterhouse backs himself in committee submission

Tom Waterhouse.

Colin Kruger Controversial bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, has come out in defence of his high-profile marketing and promotion of sports betting during the broadcasts of Australia's most popular sports.

Budget and election storms ahead for a battered ABC

Deborah Snow Turnbull warned if an Abbott government went for budget cuts, he couldn't quarantine the ABC.

Gaming grooms teens for gambling

Video games

Jason Dowling Teenage fans of video games that simulate gambling are more likely to convert their habits to real losses, according to new research.

Industry to seek ban on spruiking of odds in games

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Heath Aston The online betting industry has caved in to public pressure and will push for a ban on the promotion of live odds in sports broadcasts.

Gaming the politics of TV sports bet reform

Tom Waterhouse.

Heath Aston and Colin Kruger An unmistakable message for government is now emerging: Stop this now.

TV industry can't afford to give up betting ad revenue, says Conroy

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Heath Aston Labor has cut more than $250 million from the cost of doing business for television networks since 2010 but Communications Minister Stephen Conroy insists the industry can't afford to forgo the...

Efforts to head off asbestos crisis under way

Asbestos

Peter Hannam Talks to head off an asbestos crisis linked to the national broadband rollout are under way as the government prepares urgent legislation on a new national asbestos register and telco giant Telstra...

Watchdog warns over extending spies' power

Dylan Welch Australia's intelligence watchdog has declared she is on the lookout for whether a proposal to embark upon one of the biggest expansions of security powers in a decade will lead to an imbalance...

Critics attack plan to spend more on NBN advertising

Lucy Battersby Federal government to spend a further $15m advertising the National Broadband Network.

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Inside the Rudd hit

Therese Rein wife of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wipes a tear during his press conference on Thursday 24 June 2010 Parliament House Canberra after he was deposed by Julia Gillard. Photo by Andrew Meares / Fairfax SPECIAL 2222

Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.

Union, heal thyself

Radiographer and HSU candidate Craig McGregor

Clay Lucas Elections now under way offer the scandal-ridden Health Services Union an opportunity for renewal.

Jobs to go at ABC as production unit axed

Mark Scott, ABC

Andrew Darby ABC boss Mark Scott has provoked an outcry after axing its Tasmanian television production unit.

Gillard forced to retreat on Israel

Prime Minister Julia Gillard during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 27 November 2012.

Phillip Coorey Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been forced to withdraw Australia's support for Israel in an upcoming United Nations vote after being opposed by the vast majority of her cabinet and warned she would...