Dumped MP blasts Labor faction

A NSW Labor MP has attacked the party’s right-wing faction, labelling its nomination processes “corrupt and undemocratic”. [Read entire story]

Spy law changes to help fight jihadists

GEORGE Brandis has held talks with Islamic leaders ahead of moves to modernise laws covering Australia’s intelligence bodies. [Read entire story]

Super fund billed $93k by union boss

THE TWU billed a superannuation fund thousands of dollars for just two days’ work done by an official. [Read entire story]

Rinehart expands into cattle farming

GINA Rinehart has joined the rush to capitalise on Asia’s booming demand for food by paying about $40m to snare a 50pc stake in two cattle stations. [Read entire story]

Abbott hopes to sway Senate crossbench

TONY Abbott has cautioned against programming “our kids to fail”, as he defended a welfare reform set to face defeat in the new Senate. [Read entire story]

Parents’ group slams childcare plan

THE PEAK body representing Australian parents says a proposal for childcare payments to be means-tested is a “kick in the guts”. [Read entire story]

Afghanistan mission claims another life

AN Australian special forces soldier has died from a gunshot wound in Afghanistan. [Read entire story]