Heath Aston

Heath Aston

Heath Aston is a political reporter in the Canberra bureau. Most recently Health was the state political editor for the Sun-Herald. Before joining the NSW press gallery he worked for newspapers in Sydney and London.

Abbott plans Aussies for recovery force

Heath Aston Prime Minister Tony Abbott has asked Defence chiefs and senior government officials to prepare plans for Australia to join a possible multinational effort to secure the crash site of MH17.

PUP hounds Senate to move offices together as car park row grows

The Member for Fairfax Clive Palmer addresses the media during a doorstop interview at the House of Representatives doors at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Heath Aston Call it office politics. The Palmer United Party senators are pushing to have their offices relocated to form a PUP enclave in Parliament House.

After a week of Clive, Muir ready to rev up

Heath Aston Ricky Muir is moving out of the shadow of Clive Palmer, describing his agreement with the Palmer United Party as nothing more than a ''loose alliance'' and warning the government not to assume he...

Turnbull investment in tax haven criticised

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Heath Aston Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's second-richest parliamentarian, has invested in a ''vulture fund'' based in the tax haven Cayman Islands.

Tamil Asylum seeker boat may be forced back

Asylum seekers may be forcibly returned to south Asia: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Ben Doherty, Heath Aston and Jason Koutsoukis Tamil asylum seekers believed to have been intercepted on a stricken fishing vessel off Christmas Island might be forcibly returned directly to south Asia by the Australian government.

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Morrison goes quiet as fate of two boatloads kept a secret

Scott Morrison

Heath Aston, Ben Doherty Two boatloads of asylum seekers are believed to be aboard Australian vessels off Christmas Island but the government has refused to confirm their existence or comment on whether they will be allowed...

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CASA crackdown threatens to ground colour blind pilots

Heath Aston Hundreds of colour blind pilots have been put on notice they could be grounded as air safety authorities consider tightening medical requirements for the vision impaired.

Canberra looks to get back $40m from Qatar bid

Adrian Proszenko, Heath Aston The Abbott government will consider legal action to recoup more than $40 million wasted on Australia's futile bid to host the 2022 football World Cup, won by oil-rich Qatar on the back of alleged...

Federal police in about-face

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Heath Aston The Australian Federal Police has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn on whether it advised Prime Minister Tony Abbott to cancel a visit to Deakin University amid widespread protest against the...

John Faulkner furious as he falls victim to Parliament House 'spy' camera

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Philip Dorling, Heath Aston Federal Parliament's internal security cameras were used to monitor contact between a suspected whistleblower and veteran Labor senator John Faulkner, a Senate hearing has been told.

Waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor scored inside running on freight hub tender

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Heath Aston The Abbott government cut short a competitive tender process to grant a consortium led by waterfront baron and Liberal Party donor Chris Corrigan the inside running to develop a $1 billion freight...

No co-payment yet but some patients are already skipping visits to the doctor

Steve Hambleton of Australian Medical Association, Canberra. 19.09.2012. Photos Belinda Pratten

Heath Aston Patients in poorer areas are already cancelling visits to the doctor in response to the $7 Medicare co-payment - which is not due to come into effect until July next year.

David Gonski slams Abbott reversal on school funding

David Gonski

Heath Aston and Benjamin Preiss David Gonski has urged the Abbott government to reverse its decision to scrap the school funding reforms associated with his name, claiming "the concept of aspiration ends in 2017".

Royal Commission fails to deliver Coalition the expected political advantage

Greg Combet.

Heath Aston When Greg Combet faced the royal commission into Labor's home insulation scheme he fought back tears in reflecting on the deaths of four young men.

Community groups reject Brandis race hate reform

Heath Aston and Michael Gordon An overwhelming majority of ethnic and community groups oppose the Abbott government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Holocaust denier Frederick Toben backs George Brandis' plans for discrimination law

Congratulating the government on its amendments: Frederick Toben.

Heath Aston, political correspondent Holocaust denier Frederick Toben has strongly backed the Abbott government's plans to water down race hate laws, describing them as a welcome challenge to "Jewish supremacism" in Australia.

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Kathy Jackson wants more than $300,000 from HSU

Kathy Jackson

Heath Aston Whistleblower Kathy Jackson is demanding more than $300,000 from the Health Services Union.

Will Clive Palmer's splash cash work in WA Senate race?

Clive Palmer.

Rick Feneley, Heath Aston The mining magnate's ''Palmersaurus'', on the Sunshine Coast, could do with some extra guests.

Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes hits out at changes to race-hate laws

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Heath Aston Australian of the year Adam Goodes has gone public with his concerns about the Abbott government's plan to loosen race-hate protections.

Chinese journalists say they are being 'locked out' of AMSA media briefings

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Heath Aston Chinese journalists covering the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 from Canberra are furious at what they see as Australian government control of the media.