Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two are ''very separate issues''.
A powerful right-wing union has had its formal influence in the Labor Party slashed after it was caught grossly inflating its membership numbers
Joe Hockey's first budget, which delivered swingeing cuts to health, education and welfare, raised taxes and broke a series of promises, was ''much softer'' than the Treasurer had wanted, a new biography published on Wednesday says.
Family members among 157 asylum seekers being detained on the high seas in separate rooms on a customs vessel are allowed out for meals and ''approximately three hours'' of daylight a day, according to a document lodged with the High Court on Tuesday.
Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.
Pilots have accused the air safety regulator of ''blatant institutional bullying'' over its warning that colourblind pilots could be grounded if it implements stricter medical requirements under consideration.
Labor's Left faction is pushing for a national debate on the size of government, with calls for higher taxes rather than cuts to spending to return the budget to balance.
Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site, underscoring the massive challenge facing international investigators including Australians as they converge on Ukraine.
Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site.
Employers who require workers to provide a doctor's note on sick days will be pressured to wear the cost of the proposed $7 GP co-payment, under a national union strategy set to be endorsed in Melbourne.
LARGE deposits of snow attracted hundreds of people to the Barrington Tops over the weekend.
A nun from Sydney, a married Melbourne couple who had just toured Europe and a West Australian grandfather ...