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.

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.

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.

Coalition prepare for tight battle against Rudd in Sydney, Melbourne

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 20 June 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...

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Boat people policy under review: Burke

Immigration Minister Tony Burke

Michael Gordon Any regional response to the dramatic increase in boat arrivals will now have to be on a much larger scale than envisaged in the Malaysia people-swap agreement if it is to slow the number of asylum...

Burke recalls failed plea as 'worst day' of his career

Giles Hardie Immigration Minister Tony Burke has revisited the greatest personal tragedy of his previous stint in his portfolio, when in opposition: failing to save the life of Van Tuong Nguyen.

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.

Ads warn off smuggler-boat users

Refugee boat.

Mark Kenny Not since the infamous Grim Reaper anti-HIV/AIDS ads of the 1980s has a taxpayer-funded advertising campaign been so full of foreboding and imminent terror.

Rudd slams door on refugees

PNG's Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Kevin Rudd sign up for a new asylum deal

Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.

New refugee policy is legal, insists Labor

Asylum seekers arrive by boat.

Dan Harrison Attorney–General Mark Dreyfus has declared he is confident that Labor's policy of refusing to accept any asylum seekers who arrive by boat will survive legal challenge.

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

Manus

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.