Stephanie Peatling is a senior writer. She is a former Canberra Political Correspondent for the Sun-Herald.
Stephanie Peatling PRIVATE schools face having to disclose their sources of income including bequests, corporate donations and the value of their buildings in exchange for greater federal funding.
Stephanie Peatling MORE than 1000 payments for urgent assistance are being granted to welfare recipients every day, government figures provided to a Senate inquiry into the adequacy of welfare payments show.
Stephanie Peatling The Liberal MP Mal Washer says he feels he has blood on his hands for the latest deaths of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.
Stephanie Peatling The so-called abortion drug RU486 will be widely available to Australian women after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved an application to import the drug by a company set up by the...
Stephanie Peatling Tony Abbott has admitted the introduction of a price on carbon had not immediately been ''catastrophic''.
Stephanie Peatling Labor will always support and protect access to publicly funded abortions, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised in yet another pitch to the female vote.
Stephanie Peatling Gillard knows the tough reality that confronts women in politics: the treatment is different but don't talk about it because it's not worth the backlash.
Stephanie Peatling TONY ABBOTT has promised to return Australia to the ''golden age'' of the Howard government under his ''incoming Coalition government''.
Stephanie Peatling SCHOOLS will have to produce performance plans outlining how they will improve students' results in exchange for increased funding and control over their own budgets under the Gillard government's...
Stephanie Peatling Private health insurers have failed in a push to charge smokers higher premiums.
Stephanie Peatling KEVIN RUDD'S supporters want Labor's leadership saga dealt with by December, saying any move to change the prime minister after that would not leave a new leader with enough time to try to claw back...
Stephanie Peatling TASMANIA could become the first state to legalise gay marriage after the Premier, Lara Giddings, said the time had come to end discrimination against same-sex couples.
Stephanie Peatling LABOR ministers have branded an Australian cattle company boss ''sexist and silly'' after he compared the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to an ''old cow''.
Stephanie Peatling YOUNG women face a million-dollar ''gender tax'' and must confront the possibility that the pay gap between men and women ''is now firmly entrenched'', one of Australia's leading feminists has warned.
Stephanie Peatling THE Treasurer, Wayne Swan, has accused the Queensland Premier, Campbell Newman, of being ''callous and cold hearted'' about people with disabilities, in an attempt to pressure him into supporting the...
Stephanie Peatling THE official fan groups of the former prime minister Kevin Rudd will travel to Canberra next month where they hope to meet the man they believe should be returned to the top job.
Stephanie Peatling Three gay marriage advocates have recalled a conversation in which Kevin Rudd told them he would ''fix'' the marriage law and that Julia Gillard had previously spoken in support of the change when...
Misha Schubert and Stephanie Peatling Labor elder John Faulkner tells young turk Paul Howes to 'put a sock in it' during a debate over Labor no longer giving automatic preferences to the Greens.
Stephanie Peatling This week there was a huge international conference in London about contraception and family planning.
Stephanie Peatling THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will use an address to the state conference of the Labor Party today to challenge state governments to fund a historic decision to increase the wages of 150,000...