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Despite only finding an association between fluoridated water and underactive thyroid gland, the paper says we should try to reduce all sources of fluoride in the environment. Joost Nelissen/Flickr

Flawed study overstates link between fluoride and ill health: experts

A study linking water fluoridation to hypothyroidism has been criticized by researchers for poor design and overstating its findings.
Students undertaking vocational courses are less likely to pay back their student loan given many don’t earn over the repayment threshold. Shutterstock

40% of vocational students won’t repay their student loan: report

More than a third (40%) of government loans to vocational education and training students will never be repaid, according to a new analysis by the Grattan Institute.
Philip Ruddock has been stood down as chief government whip. AAP/Lukas Coch

Abbott dumps Ruddock as chief whip

Tony Abbott has sacked Chief Government Whip Philip Ruddock in a provocative move just days after holding off a motion to…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived with a large group of MPs, including deputy leader Julie Bishop. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Abbott left deeply wounded by narrow victory

Tony Abbott has held at bay a move to depose him. The Liberal party room voted against a spill motion by 61 to 39 – but the…
Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen said Tony Abbott ‘is not capable of making the transition to prime minister’ from opposition. AAP/Alan Porritt

Bring on a leadership vote next week: Liberal backbencher

West Australian Liberal backbencher Dennis Jensen has urged the Liberals to hold a leadership vote next week, declaring Tony…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised ‘the most consultative and collegial government this country has ever seen’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Abbott tells troops: don’t panic

Tony Abbott has appealed to his Liberal colleagues to show “character” and not “give in to short-term fear and make a difficult…
Queensland Liberal National MP Fiona Simpson is currently Speaker, but is making a strong pitch to lead her party – and perhaps even be premier. AAP Image/News Ltd Pool, Sarah Marshall

Queensland LNP left without a leader or an economic plan

With the Queensland election result still too close to call, Speaker Fiona Simpson is the first Liberal National MP to put…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he regretted the distraction his knighthood for Prince Philip had caused in the Queensland election campaign. AAP/Wayne King

New poll blow to Abbott on eve of crucial speech

The Abbott government would face a devastating rebuff if an election were held now, losing some 36 seats on a uniform 7.5…
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has seen off Queensland Premier Campbell Newman – can she win government too? AAP/Dan Peled

Labor on the brink of a shock election win in Queensland

Queensland appears headed for a hung parliament or even a shock Labor win, with Premier Campbell Newman conceding defeat…