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Candidates hopeful in grinding Senate count

  THE ACT's Senate contest is still too close to call; as Liberal Zed Seselja and the Greens’ Simon Sheikh continue to battle it out...

Grattan / Gonski review attacks Australian schooling quality

THE Gonski review into the quality of Australian schooling has highlighted declining academic performance and recommended school education be radically reformed to tailor teaching...

Rudd says Murdoch media is a ‘political party’

FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd has used an address to the Labor national conference to deliver a fresh swingeing attack on the Murdoch media,...
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Fraser now Fenner as the Inner North gets split

THE Australian Electoral Commission says the next federal election will be conducted on new House of Representatives boundaries in the Australian Capital Territory, after...

Grattan / Parry’s exit triggers Liberal-National fight over Senate presidency

SENATE president Stephen Parry has announced he will resign immediately from parliament after the United Kingdom government advised that he was a British citizen.  Confirming...

Grattan / Turnbull pulls back from sweeping statement on capital gains tax

MALCOLM Turnbull has not totally removed changes to capital gains tax from the options on the tax table – despite apparently doing so in...

Grattan / Political impasse stops protection for LGBT students passing

THE government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBT students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the...

Shock Rudd plan to run for the Senate

GREG Rudd, the former Prime Minister Kevin’s elder brother, has announced  that in the next Federal election he’s running for the Senate in Queensland as...

Grattan / Liberal’s topsy turvy universe

IN the topsy turvy Liberal universe, just when the right is trying to tighten its grip on the throat of the party, the government...

Dividend with a downside

As ‘Surplus Man’ Wayne Swan imposes more cost pressure on the public service, DON AITKIN sees the increasing reliance on the efficiency dividend as a mindless act of helplessness

Preselection shock: Humphries to fight on

ACT Senator Gary Humphries, who was trounced at a controversial preselection contest on Saturday by late entrant and former ACT Assembly Opposition Leader, Zed...
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Tony Abbott holds up Capital Metro as a great example to other states

SPEAKING on the Gold Coast Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used the ACT Government's Capital Metro as an example of how things should be...

Grattan / Turnbull will need to be nimble to persuade the states to dance...

BY PROPOSING a dramatic shake-up of income taxing power Malcolm Turnbull has thrown himself into a contest that will test his policy and persuasive...

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Kate Lundy hangs up the gloves

ACT Labor Senator Kate Lundy has announced she won't be running at the next election, opening up a feverish field of candidates seeking preselection...

Grattan / Credlin crisis escalates with an outburst by the Liberal Party’s treasurer

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s leadership is now so fragile that he seems nearly beyond being able to rebalance himself. Abbott is the...

Moore / The wrong people are losing their jobs

“It is no wonder that more than 2500 scientists from more than 60 countries are calling for a reversal of this decision. It is time to stop this stupidity," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan / Sinodinos weighs into leadership crisis with tough critique of Abbott government

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra IN 2001, after a disastrous Queensland election result, then-Liberal federal president Shane Stone wrote his famous memo reporting that...

Grattan / Second Liberal woman MP flags she’ll quit

IN another blow for Scott Morrison, a second Liberal woman in a marginal seat has declared she will not run at the next election.  Ann...

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