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Tony Abbott slumps in polls despite best week yet

Mark Kenny A record high vote of support for the Greens and a slump in support for the Coalition in regional Australia has left Tony Abbott's seven-month old government trailing Labor by four points after...

Tony Abbott 'very confident' signals are from MH370 black boxes

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Saffron Howden Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told a press conference in China he is increasingly confident that signals received in the search for MH370 are from the plane's black box.

Tony Abbott accused of breaking promise on pension age

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James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.

Searchers for missing flight MH370 downplay Tony Abbott's comments

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Saffron Howden The team co-ordinating the search for missing flight MH370 has downplayed comments by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, in which he said the position of the black box flight recorders was narrowed to...

Christine Milne says Tony Abbott is ruling for Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch

James Massola Greens leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Tony Abbott is governing in the interests of mining magnates and media moguls and predicts he will be unable to manage an unruly Senate after July 1.

ABC's Mark Scott challenges PM Tony Abbott not to cut broadcaster

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Matthew Knott and Madeleine Heffernan ABC managing director Mark Scott says savings identified at the ABC should be reinvested into the broadcaster.

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Tony Abbott defends decision to go public with news of satellite images

Joint press conference from Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Prime Minister of PNG Peter O'Neill at Parliament House in Port Moresby on Friday 21 March 2014. Photo:

Michael Gordon, Lisa Cox Tony Abbott has strongly defended his decision to announce a potential breakthrough in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370, saying he owed it to the relatives and friends of the...

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Debris found in search for MH370, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

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The Australian-led search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has had an apparent breakthrough, with satellite images showing two objects in waters off Perth. Follow the story here.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott offer to help grieving relatives get to Perth

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Lindsay Murdoch, David Wroe, Philip Wen The grieving families of the passengers and crew on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 are clamouring to come to Perth to be nearer the search after a declaration by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak...

Tony Abbott won't rule out changes to seniors health card eligibility

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Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the Coalition's commitment to increasing the income threshold for the seniors health card, but will not be drawn on other changes to the card's eligibility...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott called the shots on public service sackings

Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The Abbott government defied the advice of John Howard and Peter Costello when it axed Australia's top economic official.

Tony Abbott delivers large drone project to South Australia as polls approach

Tony Wright Prime Minister Tony Abbott has inserted a new fleet of large surveillance drones worth up to $3 billion into the last days of the South Australian election, declaring they will operate from an air...

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Tony Abbott carves out new friendship

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Tony Wright The classic upbringing in a dirt-floor log cabin has been in lamentably short supply among the political class since Abe Lincoln, but when you're wooing foresters, a prime minister could barely do...

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Tony Abbott's green army enlisting now

Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.

Tony Abbott faces challenge over dilution of racial discrimination laws

Ross Peake Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner will challenge Tony Abbott for the first time on Monday over the Prime Minister's push to water down racial vilification laws.

Manus Island police chief slams Tony Abbott

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David Wroe, Sarah Whyte and Philip Wen Manus Island's police chief has blasted the Abbott government's running of the immigration detention camp on the island, suggesting the recent fatal violence could have been avoided.

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Tony Abbott approved decision to release cabinet papers to the royal commission into Labor's botched home insulation scheme

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Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally approved a decision to make cabinet documents available to the royal commission into the Rudd government's botched home insulation scheme.

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson backs Tony Abbott's planned changes to Fair Work Act

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James Massola Labor elder statesman Martin Ferguson says the ALP should support the return of the Coalition's construction watchdog, industrial relations reforms and warned Australia's high labour costs and low...

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Bill Shorten caught in the glare of Tony Abbott's 'great big spotlight'

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James Massola, Sean Nicholls, Josh Gordon Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to shine a ''great big spotlight'' on union corruption and accused Opposition Leader Bill Shorten of protecting his allies in the trade union movement, rather...

Peter Greste: PM Tony Abbott 'deeply concerned' by charges

Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...