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Monday, 18th February 2019

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Newman scraps Smart State tag

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says the Smart State trademark is an unwarranted cost that was rarely used.

Zimbabwean PM to meet with Gillard

Morgan Tsvangirai will meet with opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop in Sydney on Sunday morning before flying to Canberra.

Greens won't concede Melbourne poll defeat

Labor has dashed the Greens' hopes of winning their first Victorian lower house seat in the Melbourne by-election but the party is yet to concede defeat.

Boat carrying 144 people intercepted

Customs says it has intercepted a boat carrying 144 people, which sought help northeast of Christmas Island.

GILLARD: The story she tried to kill PART II

He has a kind face that hides his bitter resolve to bring justice to his beloved AWU members...

Independents warn of election if PM dumped

Independent MPs Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor say an early election is on the cards if Labor MPs don't focus on policy instead of infighting.

Aussies not buying local made cars: Hockey

Opposition Treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says Ford's axing of 440 jobs in Victoria is because Australians aren't buying locally-made cars.

Protect Slipper journo's sources: Pyne

Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says journalists' sources must be protected to stop their craft "grinding to a halt".

The Rudd Factor

That unions are still playing with the possibility of Kevin Rudd's return is indicative of their hostility to Gillard.

Slipper taxi voucher case referred to DPP

Federal police have finalised their investigation into allegations Speaker Peter Slipper misused taxi vouchers and have sent material to prosecutors.

Plumbers, defence workers in ATO's sights

The Australian Taxation Office has revealed it will target occupations with high work-related expense claims in the coming year.

Falling ore price could hit MRRT: Swan

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan says the price of iron ore could have a bearing on the money generated through the MRRT.

Katter not right on Newman pledge: union

The head of Queensland's public sector union says Premier Campbell Newman didn't promise him before the election there would be no public service job cuts.


So union bosses are meeting to decide if and when Kevin Rudd will be reinstated as PM.

Union movement split over Gillard support

Union powerbrokers have contradicted each other over revisiting a Gillard-Rudd leadership showdown.

Greg Rudd 'fair and reasonable': Pyne

Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne says former PM Kevin Rudd's brother, Queensland senate hopeful Greg, is unlikely to side with Labor.

Greens demand 11,000 asylum seeker visas

Greens Immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young has released the minor party's submission to Angus Houston's expert panel on asylum seekers. The panel has been appointed by Julia Gillard to seek a solution to the political impasse over border protection.