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Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop has backed down on her proposal to segregate people wearing head coverings in Parliament. Lukas Coch/AAP

Bishop backs down on burqas, with a twist

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry have reversed their decision to segregate veiled women watching…
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane and Prime Minister Tony Abbott are looking to put science at the centre of industry policy. AAP/Lukas Coch

Industry growth centres to link business and science

The federal government will fund industry growth centres in five sectors that will encourage better use by business of Australian…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there were dozens of Australian doctors and nurses working with non-government agencies in the fight against ebola. AAP/Phillip Biggs

Too risky to send people to assist with Ebola: Abbott

Tony Abbott says the government won’t send doctors and nurses to help with the Ebola crisis without being “absolutely confident…
John Faulkner says factions, affiliates or interest groups binding parliamentarians in caucus votes or ballots must be banned. AAP/Paul Miller

Cut union representation in Labor conferences: Faulkner

Labor elder John Faulkner has called for a radical overhaul of the party’s structure that would drastically reduce union…
Paediatricians says children’s trauma is compounded when they are placed in mandatory detention. Australian Human Rights Commission/AAP

Paediatricians say mandatory detention is child abuse

More than 80% of Australian paediatricians believe mandatory detention of asylum seeker children constitutes child abuse…
Immigration minister Scott Morrison and Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs clashed at a public hearing of the committee. AAP/Lukas Coch

Child detention report timetable tight for tabling this year

Damning levels of mental illness and self harm are documented in the Human Rights Commission’s draft report on children in…
Like some other viruses, HIV hides in various places in the body, including in long-lived immune cells like this one. NIAID/Flickr

End to HIV no closer as early treatment fails to cure baby

A second case of a baby who was ostensibly “cured” of HIV after early treatment has been discounted as a possible breakthrough…
Australia’s Super Hornets, like these US planes, will be used against ISIL targets. AAP/EPA/DOD/US AIR FORCE/SGT. SHAWN NICKEL

Cabinet approves Super Hornet strikes against ISIL

Cabinet has given the go-ahead for Australia’s Super Hornet fighter jets to strike ISIL targets in Iraq, as well as for its…