Latika Bourke, Michaela Whitbourn and Jane Lee 9:43 PM Sweeping cuts to domestic violence and Indigenous legal services will no longer go ahead after another budget backdown from the federal government.
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Josh Dye 4:25 PM Freed Australian journalist Peter Greste has criticised the Abbott government for denying journalists access to asylum seekers held in detention centres.
Philip Dorling 4:51 PM Australian health, environment and public welfare regulation, including plain tobacco packaging legislation will be open for challenge from largely US-based corporation, if a new deal that is part of the Trans Pacific Partnership goes through.
Heath Aston and Sarah Whyte in Phnom Penh 3:41 PM Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says asylum seekers on Nauru receive schooling of the same standard as in Australia and access to hospital facilities that are better than some regional areas.
Lisa Cox, Mark Kenny 4:55 PM Exclusive The Abbott government has again put itself on a collision course with US President Barack Obama, this time over government funding for coal-fired power plants.
Comment & Analysis
Steven Glass On September 25 last year, for the more than 900 asylum seekers in Nauru, hope for a life free of persecution turned instantly to despair.
Peter Martin The Treasurer moans about Labor’s budget tricks, yet considers a similar sleight of hand.
Peter Reith If both sides of politics decide we may as well walk away from fiscal repair before the next election, Australia could experience a serious blow to our economy and real poverty for potentially hundreds of thousands.
Paul Sheehan NSW is over-policed. Tax-payers are funding a costly, inefficient and increasingly intrusive force.
Patrick Begley Here are 10 poll results you won’t ever find in a pie chart on the front page of the paper.
Peter Martin The intergenerational report projects massive and hidden tax cuts that would add as much as $150 billion per year to the budget deficit by 2055, a new analysis claims.
Annabel Crabb Every time I've heard the Prime Minister make a policy pronouncement in the past week, all I can think of is the fact he ate an onion, with the skin on.
Peter Martin Who wouldn't want high earners to pay more tax than low earners?
Michael Gordon Coalition MPs nervous about the next federal election will find a few salutary lessons in the past.
Peter Hartcher The golden days, when Australia was the standout success story of the world economy, seem a world away after the mining boom delivered a deep dose of stupefying complacency.
Mark Kenny Is there no limit to the cynical manipulation of public information by governments looking to minimise political pain?
It's the last parliamentary sitting day for quite some time. But before we up stumps there are a few things to tick off the to-do list.
Dale Hughes The Liberals need to engage young people by focusing on big picture ideas that politicians like Malcolm Fraser championed.
David Leyonhjelm Most Australians are horrified when they hear how some parents arrange their children's marriages and then get angry, or even violent, when the kids won't play along.
Jonathan Holmes Data retention laws mean journalists must be technologically competent enough to honour a promise of confidentiality to a source.
Tim Dick Bronwyn Bishop is a formidable political combatant but a terrible parliamentary speaker. She should be moved on.
Martin Sherrard Fraser's fight against racism made Australia a better country, and changed the life of this refugee from South Africa's apartheid regime.
The Treasurer moans about Labor’s budget tricks, yet considers a similar sleight of hand.
The exasperation on the Foreign Minister's face on Monday spoke more clearly than a thousand angry words.
See our full coverage as Australian political figures, past and present, pay tribute to former Liberal prime minister who has died age 84.
The uncertainty over the Renewable Energy Target is killing investment- and that's just what the government wants says the Solar Council's John Grimes.
Mark Kenny: Is there no limit to the cynical manipulation of public information by governments looking to minimise political pain?
Coalition MPs nervous about the next federal election will find a few salutary lessons in the past.
The government is trapped between its exaggerated pre-election rhetoric, unmet promises, and what looks like gross political naivete.
Having abandoned billions in budget savings,Tony Abbott needs voters to believe he has turned around the country's finances.