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Stephen Smith tours Afghanistan

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New Defence Minister Stephen Smith takes his first tour of Afghanistan, announcing he will ask the Australian government for more police trainers.

TWU members forced to join super fund that paid fees to top officials, royal commission told

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Anna Patty The Transport Workers Union forced its members to join the industry superannuation fund, which paid its directors, including senior union officials, $200,000 in fees each year, the royal commission...

Alleged sex offenders still in defence forces, Four Corners investigation reports

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Alexandra Back Perpetrators of rape and sexual assault at the Australian Defence Force Academy over the past 20 years are still serving military officers or working for the department, an ABC Four Corners...

Julie Bishop speech to declare Australia's full support of US

Foreign minister Julie Bishop

Peter Hartcher Australia will declare exuberant confidence in the future of US power and commit to continue intensifying the alliance in new realms including space.

Rare public holiday line-up could mean a 10 day break

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James Robertson This month offers us an opportunity for work-avoidance on a scale not seen in more than a decade.

Out there and at them

Julkie Bishop

Sworn in on Wednesday, Julie Bishop says she wants to be the best foreign minister Australians could ask for. Can she do it? Daniel Flitton speaks to the first woman to have the job.

Sir Ninian Stephen Menzies scholarship: Christine Ernst wins $65,000 coveted prize

Michaela Whitbourn She has worked for a High Court judge, rubbed shoulders with Kevin Rudd at the UN and published articles on human rights law.

Fears of slump if Holden leaves

Holden may be following Ford out of the door.

Mark Kenny, Peter Martin The possible withdrawal of car maker Holden could trigger a recession in southern states, it is feared.

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Soldiers sacked over Jedi Council sex scandal

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David Wroe The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with.

Bali Process pledge against 'vile trade'

Bob Carr

Michael Bachelard People smuggling and human trafficking will be 'more thoroughly criminalised' across the Asia Pacific region as Australia struggles to deal with the latest influx of asylum seekers.

Fears Afghans abusing prisoners

A US captain silhouetted as he looks on during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul.

Deborah Snow and David Wroe Australia has again suspended the transfer of suspected insurgents to some Afghan prison facilities in Tarin Kowt following allegations of abuse.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'

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David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police at Australia's detention centre in Afghanistan were pressured to make prisoners more "pliable" by gagging them, depriving them of sleep and denying them exercise.

Military police pressured to make prisoners more 'pliable'

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

David Wroe, Deborah Snow Military police in Afghanistan made prisoners more 'pliable' by gagging them and depriving them of sleep.

Fears over prisoners 'justified' as Afghan officials face charges

Defence Minister Stephen Smith

David Wroe Afghan officials are set to be charged with mistreating prisoners at a detention facility to which Australia had previously transferred suspected insurgents, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said.

ADF fails to shake its demons

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison

David Wroe Defence is reeling from another internet sex scandal in which at least 17 male army officers circulated footage of members having sex, tagged with demeaning commentary about the women.

Army knew of sex ring three years ago

The Chief of Army, Lieutenant- General David Morrison..

Eamonn Duff The Australian Defence Force hierarchy knew an exploitative internet sex ring was operating within its ranks almost three years ago but did not involve police until the middle of last year, it...

Sattler mulls political move

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Dumped shock jock Howard Sattler believes he was really sacked due to his Parkinson's Disease and says he may stand against Labor MP Stephen Smith at September's federal election.

Defence knew of sex ring for years

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David Wroe An army reservist who was allegedly a key member of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring was sacked by defence contractor Thales in 2010 - yet was not suspended by Defence until more than two years...

Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

Daniel Hurst An Australian soldier has died during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, bringing the Australian Defence Force toll to 40.

Mission stands despite death

Defence Minister Stephen Smith (right) and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley (left) speak to the media during a press conference on Afghanistan at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 26 March 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Daniel Hurst Political and military leaders vow to hold firm in Afghanistan after 40th Australian killed.