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Former prime minister Julia Gillard said she had been so concerned about the same-sex marriage plebiscite that she changed the topic of her speech. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Gillard does U-turn on same sex marriage

Former prime minister Julia Gillard has switched her position to now favour same-sex marriage.
Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement Peter FitzSimons at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Joe Hockey to co-chair a parliamentary friendship group for a republic

As if he did not have enough problems, Joe Hockey has just created another one for himself and his colleagues. His agreement – announced by Peter FitzSimons, chair of the Australian Republican Movement…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with a child after laying a wreath on Eddie Mabo’s grave on Mer Island in the Torres Strait on Monday. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Yes, Mr Abbott, things are ‘a bit out of control’

I think it is a bit out of control and I think it’s important … not just to talk about tighter management … but actually do it. Tony Abbott would have been absolutely right – if he had been speaking about…
The application for royal commissioner Dyson Heydon to quit follows his acceptance of a invitation to deliver the Garfield Barwick address. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon puts off ruling on apprehended bias

Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon has delayed his decision on union applications that he stand down on the grounds of "apprehended bias".
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Hockey’s tax story has a long journey ahead from fairytale to reality show

Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is struggling to contain instability in an openly divided team. Lukas Coch/AAP

A well-functioning cabinet – who are they kidding?

When Kevin Rudd came under attack from some of his ministers for the way he ran his cabinet, it turned out to be the beginning of the end. Now we are seeing Tony Abbott struggling to contain instability…
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon’s position is untenable, according to Labor Senate leader Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon will consider bias claims on Friday

The ACTU will ask the royal commissioner into trade union corruption, Dyson Heydon, to disqualify himself – an application he will hear on Friday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is frustrated by both leaks and ministers speaking out publicly about the way forward on same-sex marriage. Lukas Coch/AAP

The voters of Canning could have quite a say on Tony Abbott’s leadership

So once again Tony Abbott has told the Coalition partyroom that he’s ticked off his cabinet ministers. Read them the riot act, he said. They seem to be slow learners, those ministers. Or, more to the point…
Dyson Heydon, commissioner for the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption leaves the Royal Commission offices in Sydney on Friday. Joel Carrett/AAP

Heydon’s email trail for Barwick dinner made its Liberal connections clear from the start

In the jargon of the moment, Dyson Heydon – the royal commissioner who has been putting trade union officials and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on the spot – finds himself struggling with the sniff test…

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