An embattled Julia Gillard secretly offered to stand down as Prime Minister in June 2013 and secure the leadership for then Climate Change and Industry minister Greg Combet in order to fend off Kevin Rudd, Mr Combet has revealed.
As our television screens fill with vision of Australian and Dutch planes ferrying the remains of bodies brought down in a distant field, the hearts of the world wishing for a return to decency from ghastliness, there hovers in aviation history a moment that has the power to lift the spirit. It involves a Dutch plane and good people in an Australian country town.
The worst of the winter is likely to be over with the outlook pointing to warmer and drier than normal weather over coming months, conditions that may set up another early fire season.
Tony Abbott acknowledges that 50 Australian police officers sent to London may face 'difficulty' securing MH17 crash site as armed pro-Russian militiamen maintain their grip on the war-torn area.
More than 135,000 Australian children, or about 26 in every 1000 children, received child protection services in 2012–13, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Long-awaited report into discrimination against pregnant women to be handed down by the Human Rights Commission
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Slang, it's more the just swearing you know. By Stephen Saunders.
See, there’s this thing happening in Australia. It’s a genre producing consistently good music, strong songwriters and the kind of characters all too often neutered as they are scrubbed down in pop, buffed up in rock and glammed up in country.
NATIONAL: Your morning wrap of Day 1 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.