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Government denies asking Diggers to take pay cut

PAY ROW: While the armed forces work, their pay rates are being decided.

Noel Towell The controversy over the pay and conditions of Australia's 57,000 sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel that has been raging for two weeks, continues.

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Women in uniform: is our scandalised military finally heading in the right direction?

Top of the class: Then governor-general Quentin Bryce hands the 2012 Queen's medal to Briony Morgan at Royal Military College, Duntroon.

Kathyrn Spurling The Defence Force must open all units, including combat roles, to women and dispel those men who behave badly.

Strong Defence Force and healthy budget are Australia's insurance policy

ADF gap year: Katie Fenton was one of the program's first participants, signing up with the RAAF in 2008.

Stuart Robert This year's budget started building a better military after six years of neglect.

Middle Eastern military campaigns undermine our regional ties

Australian soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) encounter a herd of camels while training.

John Blaxland Tony Abbott needs to follow up on his pledge of 'more Jakarta and less Geneva', even when Middle Eastern issues distract.

Another century, another long war: the inevitable clash of radical Islam and secular society

Two Iranian women walk on a US flag in Tehran.

Peter Leahy We will lose a few battles while we struggle to comprehend this new conflict we have begun.

Bizarre attacks on deployment allowances make no sense and destroy morale

PAY: Anomalies aplenty.

Nicholas Stuart What sounded like a sensible way to remunerate those who face greater danger has become a joke.

Australia should build and maintain its own submarine fleet

HMAS Collins, an Australian-built Collins-class submarine.

Stephen Conroy In strategically uncertain times, the last thing we should do is kill off our submarine industry.

Counterterrorism laws get the nod with new checks

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David Wroe and Mark Kenny Sweeping counterterrorism laws that include new offences for "advocating" terrorism and visiting terrorism hotspots could be passed by Canberra within a fortnight after the major parties broadly...

Labor tries to intervene as Diggers' pay row heats up

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants the government to reconsider the Defence Force pay offer.

Noel Towell Shorten sends a plea to the military wages tribunal to reject government's controversial ADF pay offer.

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Funding cuts for War Memorial came on short notice

The Australian War Memorial.

Ross Peake Documents released under Freedom of Information confirm the Australian War Memorial was given only brief notice that funding would be cut for its travelling exhibitions, the Labor Party says.

ALP vice-president Tony Sheldon backed allies with international cash transfer

Transferred money to another union: Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Ben Schneiders and Anna Patty National Labor vice-president and Transport Workers Union head Tony Sheldon requested that an international money transfer be used to send $20,000 to his political allies in another union.

Royal commission delves into transport union money transfers

Transferred money to another union: Transport Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon.

Anna Patty and Ben Schneiders The Transport Workers Union used an international redraw facility to transfer money interstate to another union and kept poor records of tens of thousands of dollars in other cash payments, a royal...

Kim Williams not alone in believing News Corp is 'unfair' making him the fall guy

Tim Elliott Efforts to blame the decline of News Corp's Australian newspapers on former chief executive Kim Williams are "weird" and "unfair", according Mr Williams, who claims his old colleagues are targeting...

TWU loses Labor Party influence as membership rort is caught

A TWU rally in Canberra.

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

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

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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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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...

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...

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.

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...