Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke

Latika Bourke is a national political reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has previously worked for ABC and 2UE in Canberra. Latika won the Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year in 2010.

Labor could amend metadata laws to protect journalists

Latika Bourke Labor could amend controversial laws to store electronic and phone communications to exempt or protect journalists from having their sources identified following a backlash from the media.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne's science job threat backfires, with Senator Cory Bernardi and crossbenchers furious at tactic

Threats backfired: Education Minister Christopher Pyne

Latika Bourke Christopher Pyne's threat to sack 1700 researchers unless he gets his way in uncapping university fees has sparked an angry response from crucial crossbench senators.

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What's wrong? Ask Grong Grong - the locals will be honest

Michael McCormack.

Declan Rurenga, Latika Bourke Surely there's an Australian who's deserving of an award locals say.

Senate spells doom for Tony Abbott's plan to slash Medicare rebates

PM Tony Abbott, like other world leaders, has stopped calling jihadists ISIS.

Latika Bourke Tony Abbott's start to the new political year looks set to begin as his last ended with the Senate vowing to overturn his plan to slash Medicare rebates, blowing another hole in the budget bottom...

Paris terror sparks new push to bolster freedom of speech in Australia

Heath Aston and Latika Bourke The Abbott government is facing calls to bolster free speech in Australia in response to the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by Islamist terrorists.

Changes to GST to come? Labor thinks so

 Mathias Cormann: 'Absolutely no plans' to raise GST  this term.

Gareth Hutchens, Latika Bourke, Dan Harrison Acting Treasurer Mathias Cormann has tried to squash any suggestion that the Abbott government is considering raising the GST, saying there are “absolutely no plans” to do so this term,...

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste could be freed within days: Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop

Latika Bourke Australia wants him home by Christmas. Egypt could let him go in time for New Year.

John Howard slams calls for relaxation of gun laws

Former prime minister John Howard said Australians did not support more relaxed gun laws because they

Latika Bourke and Stephanie Peatling Former prime minister John Howard has slammed a lone federal call to relax gun laws in the wake of the fatal Sydney siege as "simplistic and flawed".

Bishop wants Australia to commit to strong targets by Paris meeting

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Latika Bourke Australia should commit to "strong" greenhouse gas emission cuts says the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who on Thursday denied she went "bananas" at the Prime Minister after learning she'd be...

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Feds play down impact on state poll

Illustration: Ron Tandberg.

Latika Bourke Federal Liberals, including the Cabinet Minister Scott Morrison have conceded the government needs to do a better job at "managing the politics" as the blame game continued about just how much of a...

Ebola paperwork: It looks important, but no one collects it

The new Ebola screening form that no one collects.

Latika Bourke Hundreds of thousands of passengers arriving on international flights are filling out new Ebola screening forms that no one is collecting, despite the Coalition's pledge to cut red tape if elected.

Sri Lanka arrests 37 asylum seekers sent back by Australia

Sri Lankan asylum seekers sent back by Australia in July enter court in Galle, Sri Lanka.

Latika Bourke and AAP Sri Lankan asylum seekers turned back by Australia on the high seas have been arrested by Sri Lanka's police.

ABC staff await a 'Hunger Games' battle for their jobs

Protesters rally against ABC budget cuts outside Parliament House on Tuesday.

Anne Davies, Lisa Cox and Latika Bourke ABC staff facing the threat of redundancy will be pitted against each other in a "skills audit" process - nicknamed "The Hunger Games".

Phillip Morris donated to pro-smoking senator

Latika Bourke Latika Bourke, Lisa Cox

Coalition splits on Muslim relations as National MP George Christensen adds voice to calls for burqa ban

George Christensen.

Heath Aston and Latika Bourke The Coalition is divided over engagement with the Islamic community as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull warned attacks on Australian Muslims play into the hands of terrorists, while a second...

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Muslim leaders lash out at Jacqui Lambie and Cory Bernardi

Dr Jamal Rifi.

Heath Aston, Latika Bourke and Nicole Hasham Muslim leaders say Cory Bernardi and Jacqui Lambie are assisting Islamic State recruit potential terrorists in Australia with their "divisive and inflammatory" statements on burqas and sharia.

Abbott's Monday fundraiser was for Kevin Andrews

Kevin Andrews refused to comment when asked for details.

Latika Bourke The fundraiser Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended that sparked a furore over his use of entitlements was held for Cabinet MInister Kevin Andrews, Fairfax Media has learned. 

Tony Abbott snubbed his senators for Melbourne fund-raiser


Latika Bourke Tony Abbott broke with tradition and skipped an annual black tie dinner held for government senators when he attended a party fund-raiser in Melbourne on Monday night.

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Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme deferred with no due date in sight

Tony Abbott.

Latika Bourke Legislation for Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to the parliament this calendar year

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