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Coalition risks 'legal consequences' if it tries to stop clean energy fund

Christine Milne says interference in funding approvals process amounts to 'arrogant attempt to usurp the role of the parliament'

Lenore Taylor, political editor

03, Sep, 2013 @9:27 AM

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Scott Morrison defends Fiona Scott over asylum seeker comments

Liberal candidate for marginal western Sydney seat of Lindsay says policy is a 'hot topic' because of traffic congestion

Gabrielle Chan, political correspondent

03, Sep, 2013 @7:58 AM

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Australia ready for gay marriage, says Kevin Rudd
Prime minister, a practising Christian, hits back at religious right by saying Bible preaches universal love among all people

Lenore Taylor in Canberra

03, Sep, 2013 @7:02 AM

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Labor would consider federal oversight of national parks

Mark Butler says state governments allow activity in parks that 'vast majority' of Australians would consider inappropriate

Oliver Milman

03, Sep, 2013 @5:14 AM

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Rudd accuses Abbott of abandoning Australia's climate commitments

PM attacks after opposition leader said he would not increase funding for Direct Action plan if it missed emissions target

Lenore Taylor, political editor

03, Sep, 2013 @4:34 AM

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Kevin Rudd on the road: rare moments of candour on the campaign trail

As polls put Labor at its lowest level since the removal of Julia Gillard, it's impossible to stop the cracks from showing a little.

Oliver Laughland in Brisbane

03, Sep, 2013 @4:05 AM

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Body found in bushland matches description of Gary Tweddle, say police

Remains discovered 50 metres from the top of a cliff, about 2km from where 23-year-old was last seen alive seven weeks ago

Bridie Jabour

03, Sep, 2013 @1:47 AM

The Coalition promises to stop free legal advice for asylum seekers:The Roast – video

As the election campaign enters its final week, we analyse further developments in the Coalitions' asylum seeker policy and Labour officially launches its campaign for re-election. Forget everything that was said before. The campaign begins now. The Roast is a daily comedy news show that promises to destroy every bastion of journalism

02, Sep, 2013 @8:00 PM

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Anaemia hits Indigenous children in remote communities in NT and WA

Almost 90% of infants under two suffer anaemia at least once, Fred Hollows Foundation finds

Bridie Jabour

02, Sep, 2013 @9:57 AM

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Kevin Rudd denounces Tony Abbott's 'John Wayne' views on Syria
Australian PM condemns opposition leader's remarks about conflict consisting of 'baddies v baddies'

Bridie Jabour in Sydney and agencies

02, Sep, 2013 @9:50 AM

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Asylum seekers in Australia fall by more than half in a month, says Burke

Boat arrivals in August totalled 1,585, down from 4,236 in July, after announcement of 'PNG solution'

Gabrielle Chan, political correspondent

02, Sep, 2013 @9:32 AM

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Campaign diary: stairway to Kevin

It's cowboys v Indians on the hustings; senators Nick Xenophon and Sarah Hanson-Young duke it out

Gabrielle Chan, political correspondent

02, Sep, 2013 @9:03 AM

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