INTERVIEW | John Pilger exposes Australia’s shocking secret in Utopia

INTERVIEW | Two years in the making, John Pilger’s controversial new film Utopia reveals a shocking national secret behind the postcard image of the “lucky country”. As it premiers in the UK, the award winning documentary filmmaker talks to Australian Times about the devastating inequalities suffered by the Aboriginal community.

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Labor’s face lift; Bill Shorten unveils new frontbench

Labor’s shadow frontbench includes 11 women and six new faces as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten seek a new direction for his party.

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Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher subjected to online abuse

Australia’s first Muslim frontbencher has been subjected to a tirade of abuse online after being sworn into his position on a Koran by the Governor-General at a ceremony on Monday.

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Controversy as abortion drug RU486 added to PBS

The addition of abortion drug RU486 to Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefit Scheme has been criticised by pro-life supporters claiming that it was an example of the government abusing its power to pursue its own agenda.

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Bill Shorten announces support for Kevin Rudd in leadership challenge

Bill Shorten has announced he will support Kevin Rudd in tonight’s leadership ballot to give the Labor Party “the best possible chance” in the federal election.

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Gillard to reject secret ballot, flush out Rudd supporters

Senior members of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office have claimed that the embattled Labor leader would defy convention and refuse to vacate her position in the event of a leadership challenge, forcing MPs to reveal their loyalties in order to force a spill.

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Rudd leadership bid stalls as PM refuses to go

A potential third tilt at the Labor leadership for axed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appears to have lost momentum, with suggestions that Mr Rudd’s plan to persuade senior government ministers to support his challenge has failed.

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Abbott won’t commit to undo super tax hike

A coalition government won’t necessarily roll back changes that would lift the tax rate on superannuation earnings of rich Australians, says Tony Abbott says.

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The NDIS: A diamond in the political dirt

OPINION | Like many Australians I have recently found my faith in an inherent level of decency in politics sorely tested. Now, with the historic passing of legislation introducing a National Disability Insurance Scheme being virtually ignored in favor of an orgy of leadership speculation, I find little reason to hope it will ever return.

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Gillard reshuffles ministry following resignation of key players

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will reshuffle her ministry after she and Kevin Rudd declared the Labor leadership issue over.

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Pokie reforms overly simplistic: Packer

Poker machine reforms proposed by federal independent MP Andrew Wilkie are too simplistic, casino and media tycoon James Packer says.

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Ministry reshuffle adds to firepower: PM

Prime Minister Julia Gillard says her reshuffled cabinet, which includes three new faces, will give her Labor government extra “firepower” in 2012.

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