Michael Gordon 12:06 AM An impassioned plea from a Coalition MP appears to have prompted the Abbott government to consider taking more refugees from Syria as a response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe.
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Jessica Irvine 12:15 AM There is a 50 per cent chance Australia will slide into recession in the coming year, according to respected economist and former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin.
David Wroe 9:48 PM Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are likely to be passed within a fortnight after a bipartisan group of MPs backed the draft legislation while urging significant changes.
Heath Aston 3:50 PM The 550-page Harper review of competition laws, which Labor claims has been "punted off into the never never" due to divisions in the Abbott cabinet, cost $3 million in salaries and travel costs alone for the expert panel and 16 bureaucrats supporting them.
Comment & Analysis
Mark Kenny Prime Minister Tony Abbott finds himself standing with the sensible centre now that the trade deal has become partisan.
Bob Kinnaird and Bob Birrell Trade Minister Andrew Robb can't deny what is written in the Australia-China free trade agreement.
Paul Sheehan Despite claims that Dyson Heydon's decision to stay on as head of the trade union royal commission would not pass the sniff test, an online radio poll shows his rebuttal has weight in the community.
Mark Kenny Voters might experience it like a recurring wave of nausea. A faltering government is lashing out, blaming others as the accounts of its own dysfunction pile up. This seems too familiar. And too rich an irony.
Ross Gittins If you wonder why our politicians don't seem interested in good government, their addiction to playing the wedge-and-block game explains a lot.
Nicole Hasham Last week's visa-check debacle in Melbourne, Operation Fortitude, has many questioning the motivation of the new Border Force whose actions left ordinary citizens feeling intimidated and unwelcome.
Not all politicians think in sound bites as the latest crop of books by Labor and Liberal MPs show.
Mark Kenny The New York Times has urged European leaders not to adopt the heartless Australian model of denying asylum seekers exercising the maritime option in their bid to escape war and seek a better, safer life.
Michael Gordon No, Prime Minister, the Australian experience does not offer anything remotely useful to countries dealing with the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Searchers after truth rather than headlines don't take quarterly changes in GDP too literally. This graph shows why we shouldn't lose our bundle over the economy.
Critics who claim Dyson Heydon’s decision would not pass the pub test should mount a challenge or shut up.
Peter Martin The Australian dollar has dipped below 70 US cents twice in the last two days. Next time, it's set to stay below 70 and keep falling.
Mark Kenny Tony Abbott never uses the words, Islamic State, or IS, or ISIS, or ISIL.
When times were good, Australia chose the path of individualism. It's a path successive governments have followed, and now Australians are likely to pay the price.
Despite claims that Justice Dyson Heydon's decision to stay on as head of the trade union royal commission would not pass the sniff test, an online radio poll shows his rebuttal has both moral and legal weight in the community.
A 41.5 per cent jump in government spending on defence equipment helped Australia's economy grow by 0.2 per cent for the three months to June. If it wasn't for that, the economy wouldn't have grown at all.
The government is unable to get its message across and its frustration is growing.
A government flailing in the polls, struggling to explain a policy agenda and beset by internal instability. A senior minister emerges from the wreckage to accuse the media of bias. I say "deja", you say "vu".
If you wonder why our politicians don't seem interested in good government, their addiction to playing the wedge-and-block game explains a lot.
Sally Young Flag waving and inciting security concerns can help lift a government's approval rating, but it is only temporary.
Voters might experience it like a recurring wave of nausea. A faltering government is lashing out, blaming others as the accounts of its own dysfunction pile up. This seems too familiar. And too rich an irony.