Four of the world's largest companies have been under investigation by the ATO, an inquiry has heard.
Eryk Bagshaw is an economics reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Parliament House
The executives of the world's largest technology companies will be grilled by a Senate inquiry into corporate tax avoidance, as the government hopes to claw back up to $4 billion in revenue into public coffers.
Nationals senator Barry O'Sullivan has rejected suggestions he is in breach of the constitution after questions were raised over his eligibility to sit in the Senate - not because of his citizenship, but his business interests.
Treasurer Scott Morrison is encouraging older Australians to downsize and "free up home for larger families" after a Fairfax Media analysis of census data found more than 2000 homes in Sydney and Melbourne with six or more bedrooms and only one person living in them.
The Parliamentary Budget Office has been forced to disown modelling released by the Turnbull government that claimed Labor's tax plan would put a $150 billion tax bill on families and small businesses.
While mother-of-five Joanna Karalis spent up to half her income on rent. "It was so hard with one wage just to keep the electricity, gas and water on and buy school uniforms for the kids."
Labor and Coalition senators have crossed the political divide to call on the Reserve Bank to embrace bitcoins.
Australia will be forced to choose between the military security of the US and the economic opportunity of China, experts warn.
Australian universities have been hammered by the results of the world's largest survey into sexual assault on campus after the Human Rights Commission labelled its findings "unacceptable".
University students are experiencing an "alarming" rate of sexual assault on campus, a survey of 31,000 Australian students has found.