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Daniel Hurst

Daniel Hurst covers federal politics, focusing on education, employment and workplace relations.

Tony Abbott calls for responsive system as childcare inquiry launched

Daniel Hurst Peter Martin Australia's system of childcare rebates and benefits has been singled out as perhaps the world's most complicated as an inquiry begins to investigate adopting a New Zealand scheme to support nannies.

PM flags major review of childcare system

Childcare.

Daniel Hurst The Productivity Commission will launch an inquiry into how Australia’s childcare system can be improved to meet the needs of modern families.

Jail terms on table in union crackdown

Clay Lucas and Daniel Hurst Reintroduction of a beefed-up national construction watchdog by the Abbott government will see individuals picketing building sites at risk of being fined up to $34,000.

Fears of university fee rise as Andrew Norton, David Kemp to review funding

Uni

Daniel Hurst An Abbott government review of the university funding system will be headed by former Liberal education minister David Kemp and one of his old advisers, fuelling fears student fees could increase.

White-collar crime taskforce in the pipeline

Daniel Hurst The federal government will consider creating a new taskforce to investigate white-collar crime.

Gallagher may push Pyne for better school funding agreement

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher responds to news of the ACT Liberal parties serious breaches of legal obligations with regard to staff attendance records.

Daniel Hurst The ACT government will demand a better deal from the Abbott government on school funding if the hold-out states are lured with more favourable offers.

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Christopher Pyne reveals university shake-up

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Daniel Hurst, Josephine Tovey The Abbott government plans a drastic overhaul of the higher education system, including axeing the compulsory fee collected by universities to support student services and scrapping Labor's targets...

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Hacking fear if electronic vote replaces pencil, paper

Daniel Hurst The replacement of paper-and-pencil voting with an electronic system could see Australians lose confidence in the integrity of election results, the nation's electoral chief has warned.

Kevin Rudd switch was right: MPs reject Julia Gillard attack

Chris Bowen interim leader (Thumbnail)

Daniel Hurst Kevin Rudd's backers have hit back at post-election criticism from former prime minister Julia Gillard that this year's leadership change sent voters "a very cynical and shallow message" about...

Carr suggests university vice-chancellors provide alternative suggestions for savings

Kim Carr

Daniel Hurst Kim Carr asks university vice-chancellors to come up with alternative savings to cover $2.3bn in cuts the sector wants reversed.

Time ticking on school reforms

Bill Shorten.

Daniel Hurst New Education Minister Bill Shorten has played down hopes the federal government will offer significant extra money to win over the states and salvage its $15 billion national school funding reforms.

No deal yet, say Catholic school chiefs

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Jewel Topsfield, Daniel Hurst Catholic education no closer to a deal on school funding reforms despite PM welcoming progress made in 'negotiating a new approach', according to the Melbourne Catholic Education Office.

Gonski reforms top list of last-minute business

Tim Colebatch, Daniel Hurst While the Gillard-Rudd showdown consumed all our attention, Parliament is passing legislation by the truckload.

Soldier died while 'giving it his all'

Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird

David Wroe, Daniel Hurst The Australian special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.

Mission stands despite death

Defence Minister Stephen Smith (right) and Chief of the Defence Force General David Hurley (left) speak to the media during a press conference on Afghanistan at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 26 March 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Daniel Hurst Political and military leaders vow to hold firm in Afghanistan after 40th Australian killed.

Soldier dies in Afghanistan

Diggers in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan,

Daniel Hurst An Australian soldier has died during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, bringing the Australian Defence Force toll to 40.

Foreign workers bill put off another week

Daniel Hurst The federal government has bought itself more time to avoid a defeat on its skilled foreign worker visa crackdown.

Workplace bullies, and how to beat them

Josh Bornstein Principal, Maurice Blackburn law firm in Melbourne.

Daniel Hurst The engineer for a multinational company endured a torrent of abuse from a foul-mouthed boss.

Fast track to Australian citizenship? That's just not cricket

Fawad Ahmed

Daniel Hurst If Pakistani-born leg spinner Fawad Ahmed had an ace serve and a mean volley, he would probably already be an Australian citizen.

Hawke's 'deep affection' for former wife Hazel

Hazel Hawke. July 3 1990
Picture: Andrew De La Rue

Daniel Hurst Former prime minister Bob Hawke has paid tribute to his late ex-wife Hazel for being a ''constant support'' through difficult times.