Wayne Swan

Wayne Swan calls Campbell Newman ’callous’

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan has renewed his attack on Queensland premier Campbell Newman, calling him ‘‘cold-hearted and callous’’ for refusing to fund a trial of the National Disability Insurance...

Clive Palmer to stand against Wayne Swan

Clive Palmer says he wants to stand against Treasurer Wayne Swan at the next federal election.

Wayne Swan savaged by Hadley

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Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan clashes with Sydney broadcaster Ray Hadley over the government's botched insulation scheme.

Wayne Swan's Budget speech in full

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Watch Wayne Swan deliver the 2010 Budget in a speech to MPs in Canberra.

Wayne Swan's speech to ALP conference

This is the text of the prepared speech Treasurer Wayne Swan gave at the ALP conference.

Airlines warned over bid to call truce

Rod Sims

Peter Martin Qantas and a key shareholder in Virgin Australia are skirting the law in their apparent attempts to negotiate a truce over prices and capacity, Australia's top competition regulator has warned.

Joyce billed public for NRL games

Barnaby Joyce during a State of Origin touch rugby match at Parliament House Canberra on Wednesday 26 June 2013.

Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce billed taxpayers nearly $5000 for ''official business'' travel while attending rugby league games, as senior ministers hint it is inevitable the Abbott government...

The rise and fall of Julia Gillard

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Peter Hartcher In the fourth part of a five-part investigation, Peter Harcher reveals that factors that led to the downfall of Australia's first female prime minister,

The Money Men

Cesar Melhem.

Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders Proposed and seconded by the meeting chair and former Victorian union secretary Cesar Melhem, the resolution was passed ''unanimously'' by a ''show of hands''. Or so the minutes claim.

Scott Morrison seeks asylum from media's questioning on boat arrivals

Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stopped holding weekly news conferences on asylum seeker boat arrivals, instead issuing a written statement with no opportunity for journalists to ask...

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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Treasurer resists urge to wield axe

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Peter Martin In the face of enormous pressure to return the budget to surplus quickly, Wayne Swan has run the other way.

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Treasurer has resisted the temptation to buy votes

Treasurer Wayne Swan

Wayne Swan has delivered a face-saving, legacy-building budget that makes hard decisions to fund Labor's visions and goes a long way towards improving government finances over the medium term.

$74m put aside to pay for 'blatant' campaigns

Daniel Hurst An extra $74 million will be channelled into federal government advertising campaigns despite the budget's bleak finances.

Taking the prize, losing the plot

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Tim Colebatch The Labor government oversaw one of the world's best economic performances and then lost its way. Where is Tony Abbott heading?

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Abbott's model to wreck a government may come back to bite him

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a 'methodical, measured, calm' government. But he's overlooking something.

Bowen sounds caution over economic outlook

Treasurer Chris Bowen

Peter Martin Treasurer Chris Bowen has recast Labor's economic message, warning of an uncertain outlook that will require "careful management".

Rudd pitches Gillard out of home base

Removalists

Ross Peake As the removalist van arrived to move Julia Gillard out from The Lodge, just across the road Kevin Rudd was pretending to pitch a winner.

Comeback trail

Pauline Hanson

Benjamin Law Undaunted by repeated electoral failure, Pauline Hanson is to again fly the One Nation flag in an attempt to woo voters. Benjamin Law goes on the hustings with "The Redhead You Can Trust".

Hazel Hawke dies after battle with dementia

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Carolyn Webb and Catherine Chisholm Hazel Hawke has died peacefully after succumbing to complications of dementia, her family announced on Thursday.