Tony Burke

Kevin Rudd rewrites history with heroic flourishes

Ben Schneiders Kevin Rudd was always hands on. No detail was too small for his expert gaze ... even secretly editing the history of his government

UNESCO rejects 'feeble' Abbott government bid to wind back protection of Tasmanian forests

Members of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community looking over forests in the Florentine Valley in southern Tasmania.

Andrew Darby World Heritage Committee took just seven minutes to summarily dismiss the Abbott government's bid to wind back protection from Tasmanian forests.

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Brandis holds up Aboriginal arts fraud plan

Maree Clarke

Jane Lee A bipartisan plan to stop indigenous art fraud has stuttered to a halt, with Arts Minister George Brandis failing to meet the federally funded body behind it.

MH370 not in Indian Ocean search zone: ATSB

Malaysia Airlines, Flight MH370

The missing Malaysia Airlines plane is not in the Indian Ocean search zone where acoustic "pings" were detected, search co-ordinators have confirmed.

Whaling test for Abbott government

Japanese whaling ship

Andrew Darby A Japanese harpoon ship is said to be approaching Australian waters in the sub-Antarctic, posing a test on whaling for the Abbott government.

Budget draws closer but audit reports still shrouded in mystery

Treasurer Joe Hockey is not saying much.

Colin Brinsden The build-up to the federal budget is beginning to look like an Agatha Christie whodunit.

Conservationists win Tarkine legal battle

'[Tarkine] ranges from wild, windswept beaches through extensive buttongrass plains with stunning vistas to impressive rainforests.'

Andrew Darby Conservationists in Tasmania have won a Federal Court action overthrowing the approval by former environment minister Tony Burke of a controversial mine in the Tarkine region.

Shanty camp fears influx

smh news: Rory Callinan refugee story. Scene of an existing refugee camp outside of Port Moresby. The Kitchen. Photo Rory Callinan / 21.07.13

Rory Callinan The toilet is a stinking open pit haunted by malaria mosquitoes. The showers are a couple of old curtains strung up on a wooden platform with a bucket.

Rape and torture inquiries put in jeopardy by island transfers

Refugee family

David Wroe Any investigation by Papua New Guinea authorities into alleged rape and torture cases on Manus Island could prove almost impossible because most asylum seekers have already been moved to Australia.

Guard reveals more rapes of Manus Island detainees

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Rory Callinan Further claims of rapes among Manus Island detainees and disturbing violent incidents including two escapes, a violent protest against the centre doctors and a slashing attack, have been revealed by...

Guard claims rapes, attacks on detainees unpunished

A G4S employee.

Rory Callinan Explosive claims of rapes among detainees and disturbing violent incidents including two escapes, a violent protest against the centre doctors and a slashing attack, have been revealed by a detention...

$3m on blitz so far, and counting

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Heath Aston Rudd government spent nearly $3 million in six days on asylum boats advertising blitz.

Malaria risk for mothers and children

Manus Island

Bianca Hall Infants and pregnant women will be sent to Manus Island, the Department of Immigration has confirmed, despite it being warned eight months ago that pregnant women risked losing their babies, or their...

Pregnant women sent to Manus despite the risks

Environment minister Tony Burke during a press conference at Parliament House Canberra on 5 June 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Bianca Hall Young children and pregnant women to face significant risks of anti-malaria medication.

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.'

The tides of political change leave asylum couple worlds apart

Reza Mollagholipour (right) 35 from Iran holds his ID card out the window of the bus after arriving on  the second plane carrying asylum seekers to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Reza has family in Brisbane. 2nd August, 2013. Photo: Kate Geraghty   HIGH RES - IDENTITY PROTECED

Rory Callinan and Rick Feneley, Manus Island First the people smugglers separated husband and wife. Now Kevin Rudd's Papua New Guinea solution has made it final.

Second mine cleared with some conditions

A Tasmanian Devil.

Tom Arup A second mine has been approved by Environment Minister Mark Butler in Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness, dealing conservationists a fresh blow on the first day of the federal election campaign.

Asylum seekers demand money back from smugglers, says Burke

Bianca Hall, David Wroe, Igor O'Neill The political arms race on border protection appears to be having an effect, with signs boat arrivals are tapering off amid claims by the government that asylum seekers are turning against people...

After the riots

wreckage at Nauru

Daniel Flitton Despite the recent violence and the growing tension between locals and asylum seekers, Nauru's government is committed to the cash cow that is the Pacific Solution.

Teen refugees excluded until adulthood

Asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan

Natalie O'Brien Teenage refugees joining the so-called queue in Indonesia to apply officially for protection visas, instead of jumping on a boat, say they are being told Australia will not take them until they are...