Labor has extended the planned coverage of its $43 billion fibre-optic network, promising that 93 per cent of homes, schools and businesses will get broadband at speeds up to 100 times faster than currently exist.July 30, 2010, 2:30 am
Families with young children diagnosed with a disability would get up to $12,000 to help meet the cost of early intervention services if Labor wins the election.July 30, 2010, 6:11 am
Labor and the coalition used the arrival of another boat of asylum seekers, the 82nd this year, to attack each other's border protection policies.July 30, 2010, 2:27 am
Mining magnate Andrew Forrest has called on politicians of all persuasions to help indigenous people get a start in the workforce.July 29, 2010, 3:10 pm
Opposition leader Tony Abbott has refused to buy into suggestions by Perth's Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey that the tax exempt status of churches could be under threat if Julia Gillard were elected prime minister.July 29, 2010, 10:06 am
Catholic Archbishop Barry Hickey has weighed into the Federal election, questioning whether Prime Minister Julia Gillard's atheism is a threat to the privileges afforded to churches.July 29, 2010, 2:35 am
The Liberal Party is considering a cut in its planned 1.7 per cent levy to pay for its $2.7 billion a year parental leave scheme as it attempts to head off attacks by the Government that the tax will drive up grocery prices.July 29, 2010, 2:35 am
We may have a female prime minister, but there still appears to be real reluctance to let daughters inherit the family business.July 28, 2010, 11:02 am
Julia Gillard is likely to escape a mid-election campaign interest rate rise after new inflation figures showed a drop off in core price pressures.July 28, 2010, 10:06 am
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has admitted she questioned Labor's paid parental scheme and offer of more cash for aged pensioners when both measures were discussed by cabinet.July 28, 2010, 7:45 am
The Gillard Government's claim to be good economic managers has been undermined by a stinging critique of a $550 million program to help local councils through the global financial crisisJuly 28, 2010, 2:45 am
The Opposition has promised to reopen the refugee detention centre on the impoverished Pacific island nation of Nauru "within weeks" of winning the election, amid warnings such a move would inevitably lead to asylum seekers being psychologically scarred.July 28, 2010, 2:40 am
Newspaper journalists, radio reporters and TV crews travelling with Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott never know what part of the country they might find themselves in next.July 27, 2010, 2:59 pm
Thousands of former British child migrants sent to Australia before 1970 are now eligible for UK funding towards the cost of reuniting with their families.July 27, 2010, 12:34 pm
Doctors are using a joystick to navigate their way though complex heart surgery without entering the operating theatre.July 27, 2010, 11:57 am
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has pledged to spend $277 million over four years to bring down the suicide toll.July 27, 2010, 11:51 am
The Federal Opposition has made a pitch to commercial and recreational fishermen promising to suspend the current process that decides what parts of Australia's coastlines should be given environmental protection.July 27, 2010, 10:48 am
WA's peak doctors' group has welcomed a Labor pledge to train hundreds more doctors and nurses to work in hospital emergency departments over the next 10 years.July 27, 2010, 6:13 am
Voters are to be bombarded with anti-Labor advertisements from this week after junior and mid-cap miners renewed their campaign to kill the Government's mining tax.July 27, 2010, 2:50 am
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has again sought to stir the population debate, borrowing a line from a former Labor prime minister to suggest Australians are better off having more babies, rather than importing foreigners.July 27, 2010, 2:45 am
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