Stephen Conroy

TWU loses Labor Party influence as membership rort is caught

Ben Schneiders and Royce Millar A powerful right-wing union has had its formal influence in the Labor Party slashed after it was caught grossly inflating its membership numbers

Waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor scored inside running on freight hub tender

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Heath Aston The Abbott government cut short a competitive tender process to grant a consortium led by waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor Chris Corrigan the inside running to develop a $1 billion freight...

Turnbull courted for ALP cabinet

Rob Oakeshott (top) has Malcolm Turnbull’s ear

Jacqueline Maley Former independent MP Rob Oakeshott tried to convince Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull to become a minister in a Labor-led minority government ''rainbow cabinet'' he envisaged while negotiating with Julia...

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

Malcolm Turnbull in question time.

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.

Can Labor overcome Obeid's malign presence?

obeid rudd carr

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.'

All the little extras in an MP's grab-bag

Conroy and Swan.

Would you like an upgrade? Please come into the chairman's lounge for some free food and soothing muzak. And let us know if we can give you an iPad - to keep.

Colin Kruger

Howzat! Packer exit set the stage for Nine plunging into debt crisis

Australia's richest man Kerry Packer (R) is followed by his son James (L),

Colin Kruger WITH the Nine Network regaining its ratings mojo this year, it probably came as a surprise to many that its parent company, Nine Entertainment, is on the brink of oblivion.

Media watchdog bitten by one of its targets

Bianca Hall Who watches the watchdog?

Conroy promises 7pc NBN return

By Ed Logue Labor's national broadband network will deliver returns to taxpayers, despite a rise in construction costs and delay in the finish date of the $37 billion project, the federal government says.

Carr comes out in support of gay marriage as vote nears

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr

Dan Harrison THE Foreign Affairs Minister, Bob Carr, has become the latest Labor politician to declare his support for same-sex marriage.

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...

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.

Prank fallout: First advertiser abandons TodayFM as listeners voice complaints

The supermarket chain Coles has pulled all advertising from 2Day FM as ACMA is flooded with complaints about the prank call.