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White / Start packing up the office, Peter

"As people's minds slowly turn to the election, our campaign volunteers are seeing ambivalence turn into frustration and anger," writes UnionsACT secretary ALEX WHITE

Grattan / Big win for small business in government embrace of competition ‘effects test’

IN a major victory for small business and the Nationals over big business, the government has agreed to write an “effects test” into competition...

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...

Moore / Time to grasp prison needles

“This is a health and human rights issue rather than a moral issue. The issue is not just one for warders, although they are integrally involved in the well-being of prisoners, it is one for the whole community," says columnist MICHAEL MOORE
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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...

ANU Student housing

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, Federal Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek and ANU Vice Chancellor Ian Chubb today announced that the university's application for National Rental Affordibility Scheme was a success and as a result it would build accomodation for 1023 students on City West land supplied by the Territory. But at $225 a week for one room, it's unlikely students needing "affordable" housing will be able to live there.

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...

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...

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 / Nothing seems able to make Nauru asylum seekers an issue

IT is hard to credit that two asylum seekers in Nauru could set themselves alight on Australia’s watch and the stories receive, compared to...

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 / Turnbull isn’t challenging – just inviting the Liberals to make the comparison

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra MALCOLM Turnbull walked the high wire in a masterful Q&A performance on Monday night, as he displayed his credentials...

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...

Grattan / Getting the government shipshape will take a lot more than throwing the...

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra TONY Abbott’s reference to removing “barnacles” from his government has become the Canberra chatter. In technical terms, according to senior...

In praise of the ‘humble’ politician

THE new spy HQ in Campbell has been named after Ben Chifley, one of the great heroes of the Labor movement. Although our Labor leaders...

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...

Getting Abbott off the habit

“KICK the habit, Mr Abbott.” Them’s fighting words! This is the other face of reforming Health Minister, Nicola Roxon. In her monumental stoush with big...

Moore / Why Hockey is bad for your health

“Prevention is much more effective than cure. It is through this sort of ignorance that the Budget so strongly attacks primary and preventive health," says MICHAEL MOORE

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