The Federal Government says it has scrapped the Friday parliamentary sitting day it recently introduced, because of the Opposition's disruptive behaviour.
The Rudd Government introduced Friday sitting days for private members business but the Opposition opposed the move because neither the Prime Minister nor his front bench had to be there.
The visit to Iraq by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad highlights the irony that Iran has been hugely strengthened by the removal of its old enemy Saddam Hussein at the hands of its current antagonist, the United States.
Iran is one of the winners from the US-led invasion of 2003.
Secret research handed to the Howard government showed its $46 million taxpayer-funded advertising campaign to promote Work Choices failed dismally.
The research - based on polls of hundreds of people every fortnight from August 2005 to February 2006 - showed that weeks of TV advertising only served to entrench apprehension about Work Choices - which John Howard is still defending while on the lecture circuit in Washington.
Opposition treasury spokesman Malcolm Turnbull says Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson should be given a fair go in the job, despite disappointing results in recent opinion polls.
Speaking on ABC1's The 7.30 Report, Mr Turnbull said the lack of support for the Opposition and its leader is not surprising soon after an election defeat.
US President George Bush endorsed Republican nominee-in-waiting John McCain, two bitter rivals from the 2000 presidential race joining together now in hopes of preventing Democrats from winning the White House in November.
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Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:
Former prime minister John Howard has hit out at several of the Rudd Government's policies while giving a major speech in the United States.
Mr Howard has given an address at a gala dinner for the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.
For more than a decade the Howard government told us we had choice. Now the Liberal Party has a choice. Marise Payne('…and Libs need to be more liberal', March 5) reminds us that the party was once a broad church, essentially the creation of Robert Menzies who knew the way back from the former United Australia Party was to create a party of the 'moral middleclass'.
After failing to anticipate Hamas's victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs.
The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries(OPEC), which produces 40 per cent of the world's oil, appears set to ignore US President George W Bush's 11th-hour demand that the cartel increase oil output at its ministerial meeting.
Mr Bush, whose nation is the world's biggest energy consumer, said it would be a 'mistake' by OPEC not to hike production to help bring down record-high oil prices of above $US100 when the organisation meets in Vienna on Wednesday.
US President George Bush told Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev by telephone that he hopes they can have a 'close working relationship', the White House said.
Chuck Norris supports our troops. This means Huckabee will bring them all home honorably.
Federal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson's approval rating as preferred prime minister has sunk to a new low of just 7 per cent in the latest poll out today.
The Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper has Dr Nelson's rating slipping two points from its previous low of 9 per cent.
As J.G. Hülsmann stated in his seminal essay The Cultural and Spiritual Legacy of Fiat Inflation: "The government’s fiat makes inflation perennial, and as a result we observe the formation of inflation-specific institutions and habits.
More than any other issue, the question of ‘who is a Jew’ has repeatedly roiled relations between Israel and American Jewry.
Psychologically, it is an argument over who belongs to the family. In the past, the casus belli was conversion: Would the Law of Return, which grants automatic citizenship to any Jew coming to Israel, apply to those converted to Judaism by non-Orthodox rabbis?