Jones apologises (kind of) to Gillard. Alan Jones has expressed regret for berating Prime Minister Julia Gillard for being late for a radio interview, and calling for her to be thrown out to sea in a chaff bag. He has also apologised to ACT police for inferring that they hadn’t done their job at the Convoy of No Confidence protest rally in August.

Jones’ comments came after an impassioned 45-minute speech on the dangers of coal seam gas mining at the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday. — Matthew Knott (read the full story here)

Katter’s unlikely political pal. Independent MP Bob Katter and unionist Dean Mighell share more in common than their cowboy reputations. There’s the joint love of a good headline, a shared desire to get rid of the country’s building industry watchdog and an interest in the “sport” of hunting.

And now they’ve taken the relationship one step further, with the two joining forces via a healthy donation from the Electrical Trades Union. — Lucy Clark (read the full story here)

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