Ross Peake High-speed rail is a step closer, with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss committing the Coalition to preserving a land corridor.
Mark Kenny, Clay Lucas Holden remains unconvinced that the federal government intends providing any further assistance to the industry after 2016, in a decision that would virtually guarantee its closure, according to...
Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.
Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Kenny The Abbott government is holding firm in the face of dire warnings from Qantas that it faces a financial crisis which has already forced it to axe at least 1000 jobs and consider major asset sales.
Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.
Jacob Saulwick Sydney residents could be flying in and out of a major airport in western Sydney within a decade after Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said construction would start on an airport within three...
Judith Ireland Queensland senator Barnaby Joyce has been preselected as the Nationals candidate for the seat of New England, setting up a battle with independent MP Tony Windsor and potentially paving the way for...
Australia's fire authorities had a nervous Christmas.
Lenore Taylor, Jacob Saulwick TONY ABBOTT'S transport spokesman has cast doubt on his promise that Coalition funding of $4 billion for big projects will put cranes over Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane within a year of its election.
Darren Gray The PM has announced the establishment of a foreign-owned farms registry.
Darren Gray A register of foreign-owned farms in Australia will be established, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling farmers that it would provide ''a more comprehensive picture'' of the scope of...
Chris Johnson Kevin Rudd has publicly declared his support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and has vowed to do all he can to help return Labor to office in next year's election.
Phillip Coorey THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, branded the Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce xenophobic as a brawl erupted within the federal opposition over the approval for a Chinese-led consortium to buy the giant...
Phillip Coorey THE split within the federal Coalition over foreign investment has worsened with more Nationals protesting against the approved acquisition of Cubbie Station by a Chinese-led consortium, despite...
Michelle Grattan and Richard Willingham Shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has publicly rebuked Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce, in open warfare within the Coalition frontbench about a Chinese-led consortium's purchase of Cubbie Station.
Phillip Coorey, Peter Martin THE Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce says he will continue to speak out against foreign investment in agriculture, insisting his first duty is to the people who elected him.
Chris Johnson Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has sparked debate about the quality of parliamentary question time by saying there was an urgent need for more honesty in politics.
Ross Peake A federal Coalition government would be more generous on road funding than Labor by injecting $5 billion to complete the duplication of the Pacific Highway, according to the Nationals.
Richard Willingham, Jacob Saulwick JULIA GILLARD is understood to have backed away from her promise to introduce a mandatory pre-commitment scheme for using poker machines.
Dan Harrison THE actor Hugh Jackman, film critic David Stratton and Oscar-winning costume designer Lizzy Gardiner have thrown their celebrity clout behind the push to legalise same-sex marriage.