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Anthony Albanese

It's almost three weeks since Anthony Albanese became deputy Prime Minister of the country as well as taking on the challenging portfolio of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. It's been a steady political rise for Albanese who grew up in a housing commission flat with a single mum . He said, "It does say a lot about the opportunities in this nation that a kid with that background could be elected to be deputy Prime Minister of the nation." Why did he choose a career in ...

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Anna Burke

SPEAKER Anna Burke says the federal government's policy to process and settle asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea will cost her votes. Ms Burke, who holds the Melbourne seat of Chisholm, says she'll raise concerns about the policy at Monday's special caucus meeting in Sydney and believes voters will find it hard to distinguish between the asylum seekers policies of Labor and the Coalition. Ms Burke, who has previously been outspoken about offshore processing on Nauru and Manus Island, ...

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Adam Giles

EVEN before he became chief minister of the Northern Territory, Adam Giles made it clear he regarded speed limits on outback highways as a prime example of the namby-pamby Labor Party over-regulation that he and his conservative Country Liberal colleagues would eradicate should they get into power. True to his word, since assuming the top job Giles has been pushing for a return to the halcyon days of Top End drivers rocketing up and down the Stuart Highway at 150km/h-plus in their V8 ...

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Popularity of Australia

... celebrities WE are obsessed with natural disasters, celebrities and planking, internet searching habits reveal. Australia's top 10 search terms on Yahoo!7 revealed the Queensland disasters were the most searched term after devastating floods were followed by Cyclone Yasi early this year. The Christchurch earthquake ranked third and the Japanese tsunami fifth. But celebrities weren't far behind, with the popularity of Pippa Middleton pushing the royal wedding into second ...

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Political situation in Australia

SYDNEY - Australia's big four banks, which control about 90 percent of the country's $1 trillion mortgage market, cut variable mortgage rates by 25 basis points on Thursday, after political pressure to pass on the central bank's rate cut of earlier this week. The National Australia Bank, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp voiced concerns over rising cost of funds and shrinking margins, and ANZ left the door open for independent moves in the future. The ...

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National Party of Australia

Senator John Williams - Applications are now open for the 2012 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship which is sponsored by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams. Senator Williams has committed to assist a student from regional NSW who is enrolled in the first year of their dentistry degree in 2012. The scholarship is valued at $4,800. Senator Williams commenced the scholarship in conjunction with the National Rural Health Alliance in 2010 as a way of getting more ...

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Liberal Party of Australia

SOUTH Australian Liberal leader Isobel Redmond has today announced a long-awaited shadow cabinet reshuffle, elevating three first-term backbenchers to her frontbench. Six weeks after the Labor government installed new Premier Jay Weatherill to replace the ousted Mike Rann, Ms Redmond has sought to refresh her front bench line up by elevating Steven Marshall, John Gardner and Dan van Holst Pellekaan, who came into parliament at last year's state election. Upper House MP Jing Lee will take ...

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Australian Greens

The Australian Greens will be seeking backing from the federal parliament to make retail banks offer mortgages and small business loans that are linked directly to movements in the official cash rate. The proposal comes after something of a stand-off by the big four banks after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the cash rate on Tuesday. It was broken by the ANZ Bank on Thursday when it announced it would be pass on the full reduction to mortgages and small business loans. The ...

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Barnaby Joyce

SHADOW water minister Barnaby Joyce says the Coalition stands ready to deal with the government over the Murray-Darling rescue plan, but warns he will walk away if the plan means the destruction of rural communities. Visiting the NSW town of Griffith - the centre of irrigators' anger over the plan - Senator Joyce told The Age he was happy for the Greens to ''deal themselves out'' by rejecting the plan. But he insisted the Coalition would stay at the table. Residents of the Murrumbidgee ...

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Harry Jenkins

The dramatic installation of Peter Slipper as Speaker capped an extraordinary parliamentary year. Julia Gillard is in Melbourne. The press office is being tight-lipped about the Prime Minister's schedule today. On Sunday night Ms Gillard will induct Kylie Minogue into the ARIA hall of fame. Tony Abbott is in Sydney. He spoke to Channel Nine's Today show and 2GB's Alan Jones this morning, and he'll be blogging for the Daily Telegraph later today. Mr Abbott zeroed in on the elevation of ...

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Quentin Bryce

VOLUNTEERS were singled out for praise when Governor-General Quentin Bryce visited Frankston to open a centre that will be home to several community organisations. "The social benefits these groups deliver are remarkable," Ms Bryce said. "The volunteers who support these community groups are the backbone of our country. In this day and age we feel a need to reconnect with one another and the Ebdale Community Hub and Learning Centre will be a place for people of Frankston to come ...

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Tony Abbott

COALITION MPs may have to cross the floor to exercise a conscience vote, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott indicating the coalition will hold the party line against gay marriage. Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has asked Mr Abbott to allow coalition MPs a conscience vote. ''My view is there should be a conscience vote,'' he told ABC Radio today. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has also appealed to Mr Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue when a private member's bill is ...

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Julie Bishop

Deputy Opposition Leader and Opposition spokesman for foreign affairs and trade Julie Bishop says today's announcement of greater US military activities in Australia is one all Australia should welcome. STEVE CANNANE, PRESENTER: In Canberra, I'm joined by the Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Bishop. Julie Bishop, thanks for talking to us. JULIE BISHOP, DEPUTY OPPOSITION LEADER: Good evening. STEVE CANNANE: What's your reaction to the ...

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Alan Stockdale

The State Government is defending the appointment of the Liberal Party president, Alan Stockdale, as chairman of City West Water. Mr Stockdale was the state treasurer under Jeff Kennett in the 1990's. The Government announced his appointment to City West Water late yesterday. Water Minister Peter Walsh says the move was not politically motivated. "I don't believe there should be any criticism at all," he said. "Alan Stockdale has been retired from [Victorian] politics for a ...

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Alan Stockdale

... despite a strong challenge by former minister Peter Reith ALAN Stockdale has been re-elected federal president of the Liberal Party by just one vote, overcoming a challenge by high profile former minister Peter Reith. The former Victorian Treasurer defeated Howard government minister Peter Reith by 57-56, after an unusual and hard-fought public battle for the party presidency not seen since the 1980s. "I really am moved by the support of council," a teary Mr Stockdale said after ...

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Alan Stockdale

... Liberal brawl THE battle for the federal presidency of the Liberal Party has turned nasty, with incumbent Alan Stockdale accusing his opponent, Howard government minister Peter Reith, of running a "ruthless" public campaign against him that is damaging the party. In an email sent yesterday to 114 members of the party's federal council, which will decide the presidency on Saturday, Mr Stockdale, who was treasurer of Victoria in the Kennett government, also takes aim at another Howard ...

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Christine Milne

Deputy Greens leader Christine Milne has confirmed reports of a carbon tax breakthrough, saying the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee is "on track" to have the scheme starting in July next year. Independent MP Tony Windsor says a deal may be signed off "next week". It is understood agreement has been reached over the amount of compensation to be paid to industry, and a guarantee the carbon tax will switch to a market-based emissions trading scheme in 2015. It is believed the ...

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Australian Labor Party

UNPUBLISHED Bracks/Carr/Faulkner ALP National Review Recommendations 1: That the National Executive accept the recommendations and institute an audit of their implementation in 18 months, circulating these to ALP branches. 2: That the Leader’s office dedicate policy resources to medium to long-term policy development and planning. 3: That Progressive Business organisations for corporate fundraising be established, administered by independent boards. 4: That the national ...

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Wayne Swan

TONY EASTLEY: The last of the big four banks fell into line last night announcing they'd pass on the Reserve Bank's quarter of 1 per cent interest rate cut. It followed a concerted campaign by the Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan. However the ANZ Bank has hit out at the political pressure it and other banks received saying from now on it will review interest rates once a month and move independently of the Reserve Bank. The Treasurer Wayne Swan told Alexandra Kirk he's pleased that all ...

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Liberal National Party of Queensland

... Government's troubled email system QUEENSLAND'S Opposition technology spokeswoman fears a troubled government email system will never deliver its promised $123 million savings but has stopped short of agreeing to axe it. Ros Bates yesterday said she would immediately order a forensic audit of the in-house system if the LNP won office at the coming state election, as predicted in recent polling. The pledge came after The Courier-Mail yesterday revealed the Identity, Directory and ...

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