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Too much to bear

GREENS MP Adam Bandt bit off a bit more than he could chew with his parliamentary motion calling on fellow MPs to canvas public opinion on the issue of same-sex marriage.


Gillard not coming to the party on gay marriage

IF YOU'RE a gay person who wants to marry, don't get your hopes too high. Labor has been turning itself inside out over the issue but there is pressure for compromise, which would give ALP MPs a conscience vote. If that happened, a parliamentary bill for marriage equality would fail.


Scrap mandatory detention says former Villawood boss

MANDATORY detention of asylum-seekers must be scrapped, says Peter Mitchell, a former immigration official who was central to the Howard government's hardline detainee policy.


NSW politics

Ita Buttrose may run for Sydney mayor

SHE found fame the second time around with her portrayal in the TV hit Paper Giants - now publishing queen Ita Buttrose is considering a major return to the limelight with a possible tilt at Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's job.


Federal politics

NSW office is key to Thomson scandal

SENIOR union officials are demanding a police investigation into embattled federal MP Craig Thomson be widened to include the activities of the NSW office of the Health Services Union.


Contrarian who takes counsel from angels

No one within a 100-kilometre radius of Barnaby Joyce will ever die wondering what he thinks.



Reserve Bank boss warns of further job cuts

RESERVE Bank boss Glenn Stevens has issued a chilling warning to workers: job losses are not only a sign of the times, but a signal of worse still to come.


Nationals push to deny dole to people unwilling to relocate
THE Nationals will push for the federal Coalition to adopt a policy of denying unemployment benefits to anyone who refuses work in regional centres.



Private school funding boosting profits

VICTORIA'S richest private schools have posted seven-figure profits while reaping millions in government grants.