Labor splits over territory laws

The Australian

LABOR senators have split over the Greens' attempts to alter laws in the territories, a move that could pave the way for same-sex marriages in Australia.


Pokies campaign dropped by clubs

SMH

CLUBS AUSTRALIA has admitted it backed down from a threatened $20 million TV advertising blitz against poker machine reforms and will cut short the controversial ''Its UnAustralian'' campaign.


Kevin Rudd admits his removal as Prime Minister was 'character building'

SMH

Kevin Rudd has acknowledged that his removal as Prime Minister almost a year ago was "character building" in a speech to a Washington thinktank.


Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd describes his ousting as 'character building'

News.com.au

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has told a US audience the past three years have been a "character building" rollercoaster ride.


Kevin Rudd spins a tale of political renewal

Daily Telegraph

KEVIN Rudd has been tapping into a network of high-profile friends, including some of the country's leading spin doctors, for strategic advice on how to craft his political revival.


After 60 years of life together, Don and Iris die together

SMH

After more than 60 years together, Don and Iris Flounders were the picture of an old married couple.


Back to school for teenage mums

Daily Telegraph

TEENAGE mums who refuse to return to school or enter job training will lose their parenting payments. The "tough love" scheme, to be included in Tuesday's Budget, is aimed at ending welfare dependency that leaves many without work skills


O'Farrell scores and Baird surprises

SMH

IT WAS Barry O'Farrell's big day: a chance for the new Premier to lord it over the first question time of the new Parliament with his MPs dominating the bearpit. But the surprise of the afternoon was provided by his young Treasurer - and, it was noted, potential leadership rival - Mike Baird, who unexpectedly stole some of the limelight.


Transgender people most likely abused

SMH

THE Human Rights Commissioner, Catherine Branson, has called on the federal government to introduce federal laws to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


'Cheated' Hanson to appeal after losing election

SMH

Pauline Hanson is set to announce an appeal against her defeat at last month's NSW election, saying she feels "cheated" out of votes in her bid for an upper house seat.


Health Minister David Davis faces accusations 500 Club paid $130,000 legal bills

Daily Telegraph

HEALTH Minister David Davis's future is under a cloud after allegations the Liberal Party's fundraising arm is paying his legal bills.


Showgirls Bar 20's liquor licence cancelled

The Age

Melbourne strip club Showgirls Bar 20 has had its liquor licence cancelled after a push by Victoria Police.


A world of long-term welfare for refugees

News.com.au

MORE than 60 per cent of refugees to Australia have failed to get a job after five years, according to a damning Federal Government report into the humanitarian settlement program.


Bob Carr slams chaplain funds

Daily Telegraph

BOB Carr has described the Federal Government's funding of school chaplains as "abhorrent".