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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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.

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.

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.

Asylum blow during Abbott trip

Tony Abbott

Heath Aston, Mark Kenny The Indonesian President has made a significant concession to Tony Abbott's demands on asylum seekers in talks in Jakarta, agreeing that Indonesia will need to make direct deals with Australia to...

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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.

PNG refuses to guarantee boat turnaround target of 48 hours

An asylum seeker from Iran.

David Wroe Papua New Guinea has cast doubt on the Abbott government's target of transferring asylum seekers to Manus Island within 48 hours.

Fewer boat arrivals thanks to Labor policy, not the Coalition, says former minister

Former immigration minister Tony Burke says any reduction in the number of boat arrivals is because of Labor's hardline regional resettlement policy introduced before the election.

Forgotten: a lonely life lived without hope

NEWS REVIEW: September 5, 2013. Refugee story. Peter Qasim is a Kashmiri who fled to Australia in 1998 and stayed in detention for seven years - our longest serving detainee. Photo by Tony McDonough

Andra Jackson Peter Qasim has been in Australia since 1998, having fled India, he says, after being tortured for standing up to the military.

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...

Catch of the day: super-trawler ban

Ross Peake The federal government is promising a ''root and branch'' review of fisheries management law after it stepped in to ban the controversial super-trawler Abel Tasman from Australian waters for two...

Super trawler caught in legal net

Margiris super trawler

David Wroe The controversial Abel Tasman super trawler faces a two-year ban on fishing in Australian waters under planned changes to environmental law that have been hailed by recreational fishers but will cost...

Netherlands raises trawler ban with EU

Greenpeace activists close in on the Margiris yesterday.

David Wroe The Dutch government has raised its concerns about the last-minute ban on the controversial Abel Tasman supertrawler with the European Union, potentially inflaming the international backlash against...

Small steps, no major breakthroughs at refugee conference

POOL PHOTO - 03/07/12-lndonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono  makes a remark to Australian PM Julia Gillard at meetings between the 2 countries in Darwin.
Photo Glenn Campbell

Michael Bachelard The Indonesian President's special conference to stop the flow of refugees has ended with a few small steps towards deterring people smugglers from working in the region, but no major breakthroughs.

Trawler firm takes legal path, facing loss from ban

super-trawler..

David Wroe, Lenore Taylor THE Australian operator of the controversial super trawler facing a two-year ban by the federal government has given the strongest indication yet it will take legal action, insisting it will not...

Risks of net gain

Risks of the net gain. Insight.

David Wroe, Nicky Phillips and Ben Cubby What makes the issue of a super trawler in our waters a powerful one is that - like coal-seam gas - it brings together groups that have traditionally been at odds with one another - in this case,...

Super trawler ban may go to court

The super trawler's Australian operator stands to lose millions of dollars.

David Wroe and Lenore Taylor The Australian operator of the controversial super trawler facing a two-year ban by the federal government has given the strongest indication yet that it will take legal action.

Fish authority admits it broke the rules

Abel Tasman

It was wrong to allow the director of a super-trawler operator to participate in fishing quota deliberations despite a declared conflict of interest, the Commonwealth ombudsman says.