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.

Kathy Jackson wants more than $300,000 from HSU

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.

Senate poll in WA: Scott Ludlam's hopes may go up in smoke

Heath Aston Scott Ludlam's ''welcome to Western Australia'' speech against Prime Minister Tony Abbott lit up social media and made him an instant hero of Gen Y.

Scott Morrison defends move by PNG to call halt to Manus Island detention centre inquiry

Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to end a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

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Minister defends PNG's blocking of Manus inquiry

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to torpedo a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

Detection of MH370 debris required a 'human eyeball operation'

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Nicky Phillips, Ben Grubb, Heath Aston Satellite images of the suspected debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 would have needed a ''well trained pair of eyes'' to spot the object in the grainy images, says a satellite expert.

Farmers seek long-term support as $320 million drought relief package unveiled

Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Hundreds of drought-battered farmers will be able to access discount loans of up to $1 million within a week - but the farming sector says it will push for more ''long-term'' financial support.

Travellers to pay Telstra up to 500% more

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EAMONN DUFF, HEATH ASTON Hundreds of thousands of Australian travellers will be forced to pay up to five times more for answering an international call on their mobile phone whilst overseas.

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Bindaree Beef workers threaten dispute over $2-a-week argument

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Heath Aston Meatworkers at one of the state's biggest abattoirs are set to strike over a pay dispute that boils down to an argument over $2 a week.

Carbon tax figures add to pressure to repeal

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Heath Aston, Mark Kenny Australian companies paid $6.6 billion in the first full year of the carbon tax, with the seven biggest electricity producers each slugged more than $250 million.

Micro parties may face name bans as Liberals push for clarity

Heath Aston The names ''Liberal'' and ''Labor'' would be quarantined for use only by the major political parties under reforms being considered by the Abbott government to prevent micro parties capitalising on...

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Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service

Heath Aston, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.

Abbott, Turnbull clash over ABC

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Heath Aston, Rick Feneley Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly defended the ABC's editorial independence in the face of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's attack on the national broadcaster, which he says...

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Griffith byelection: Rudd no help to Labor

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Heath Aston Kevin Rudd is unlikely to take any further part in Labor's bid to retain his Brisbane-based seat of Griffith.

Top role took former foreign minister Bob Carr on journey of a lifetime

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Heath Aston It reads like the bucket list of a dedicated sightseer. Except Bob Carr managed to tick off some of the world's must-see tourist and cultural destinations in just 19 months as foreign minister.

Row over Dawn Casey's 'outrageous' Ayers Rock Resort comments

Aerial view of Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara.

Heath Aston The head of the Indigenous Land Corporation has thrown down a challenge to sacked directors of the Ayers Rock Resort, saying if the $320 million acquisition of the resort overlooking Uluru was such a...

Audit Committee holds talks with SBS, Australia Post

Heath Aston The Commission of Audit, the group tasked by the federal government with identifying opportunities to sell public assets and slash government spending, has held meetings with SBS and Australia Post.

Private parts: why the federal government is backing the states to sell off everything they can

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Heath Aston Tony Abbott once introduced Barry O'Farrell to a Liberal Party function with the wounding line: ''He ain't pretty, but he's pretty effective.''