Mr Heydon was forced to consider his position after Fairfax Media revealed he was listed as a guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser.
Anna Patty Dyson Heydon has refused to step down because the Liberal Party event he agreed to address was a "legal event" in nature.
James Massola Tony Abbott says Joe Hockey is "doing an excellent job" and enjoys the full confidence of the Prime Minister and cabinet, a day after two cabinet ministers told Fairfax Media that discussions were taking place about whether to move against on the Treasurer if the Canning byelection goes badly for the Coalition government.
Nicole Hasham Spin from government ministers and departments keen to downplay the fiasco is riddled with holes.
James Massola, Lisa Cox Respected NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos has launched an extraordinary attack on his former ministerial colleagues for leaking against Treasurer Joe Hockey, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to sack anyone found guilty of destabilising the government.
Matthew Knott State governments should look to US-style "charter schools" - privately-managed public schools - as a way to boost the poor test results of Australian students, a new report argues. The report, published by the free market Centre for Independent Studies, argues that charter schools would encourage innovation and extend school choice to poorer parents who cannot afford private schooling. Charter schools would be funded at an equivalent rate to public schools, but would be run by private organisations - including for-profit companies. They would not charge fees. "Charter schools can be much more responsive to the challenges local communities face," one of the report's authors, CIS policy analyst Trisha Ja, said. "There has been a strong trend towards greater school autonomy in Australia over recent years and this would be the next step to bring more flexibility and choice into the public system."
Noel Towell Troubled department to undergo full review.
James Massola, Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being urged to consider dumping Joe Hockey as Treasurer if the Canning byelection goes badly for the Liberal Party, in a move designed to shore up his own leadership.
James Massola Analysis: Tony Abbott is famed for his personal loyalty, but it might yet cost him dearly politically.
Adam Gartrell A Victoria move to hold state-based inquiry into portable long service leave has prompted a push for Federal Labor to get behind the idea.