The odds of a joint action against the federal government's Centrelink debt recovery program have narrowed, with lawyers saying it's unlikely such an action would succeed.
Bianca Hall is Legal Affairs reporter for The Age
Former Labor senator Anne McEwen has lost a bid to introduce new evidence her legal team said would cast doubt on the ability of the Family First Party to replace resigned senator Bob Day with another Family First candidate.
Centrelink has faced a storm of criticism over its automated data-matching system, which has hit almost 170,000 people with notices that they owe the agency money.
Australians could have their private phone and email records used against them in civil litigation cases, with the federal government considering relaxing data retention laws.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson and Queensland senator Malcolm Roberts have cancelled a planned event with a Jewish group on Sunday, citing security fears.
The Turnbull government has quietly backed down on unpopular laws that threatened doctors and nurses with jail if they spoke out about abuses in offshore detention centres.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called on conservatives within his party to hold their nerve, and to convince ordinary voters that cutting spending was in the national interest.
The overwhelming majority of people Australia sent to Papua New Guinea are genuine refugees, new figures suggest.
ISLAM MUST CHANGE, screamed the Herald Sun headline, and Muslim refugee Aladdin Sisalem - no stranger to conflict with News Corp Australia - took action.
The Australian government will not challenge a court ruling that it has a duty of care for an African refugee raped on Nauru, and pregnant as a result of her rape, and a responsibility to provide her with a safe and legal abortion.