LATIKA BOURKE 8:06am Australian officers trying to reach the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 should be brought home because their mission is too dangerous, says federal MP Clive Palmer.
Matt Coughlan 7:47am Nationals MP Andrew Broad has slammed part of a federal government scheme that will force jobseekers to apply for 40 jobs a month.
Heath Aston Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.
SARAH WHYTE The Immigration Department told medical experts to suppress new statistics showing alarming rates of mental health problems among a significant number of children in detention, an inquiry has heard.
HEATH ASTON The Coalition's plan to water down race hate laws has been rejected by a marked majority of respondents to a government review.
Heath Aston, Judith Ireland Clive Palmer says his Senate team is prepared to vote to block supply to prevent Treasurer Joe Hockey's $6 billion asset recycling fund, designed to pay state governments to privatise assets.
Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens The federal government is expected to ditch one of its most controversial budget measures - the plan to apply real interest rates to student debts - following advice from the architect of the HECS repayment scheme that it is unfair to poor graduates.
Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Indigenous business would be given tax-free status, parents would lose family payments if their children wagged school and welfare recipients would be prevented from spending their benefits on drugs and alcohol under a radical plan to tackle inequality and unemployment in Australia.
GARETH HUTCHENS Department of Employment official admits the Abbott government has not done any modelling to estimate how many job seekers will find employment within three months after completing its multibillion-dollar work-for-the-dole program.
Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs rejects Scott Morrison's claims about children in detention
SAFFRON HOWDEN 9:39pm Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's claim that children in detention received daily care was not true and he needed to be "better advised", the Australian Human Rights Commission president says.
MICHAEL BACHELARD 9:21am The Australian government’s attempts to protect international relations by suppressing details of a sensitive court case in Victoria appeared to have backfired, prompting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to demand an explanation.
HEATH ASTON 2:06am Australian investigators are part of an international team that has for the first time reached the crash site of Malaysia Airline flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.
PAUL MCGEOUGH 10:16pm Australian and Dutch investigators have finally reached the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said late on Thursday night.
LATIKA BOURKE 4:05pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at what he says are "crass political" attacks on his prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave policy and vowed to proceed with the scheme declaring he does not break his promises.
RICHARD WILLINGHAM 3:37pm The home branch of key crossbench senator Ricky Muir’s party has voted to disband itself and revoke the senator’s membership, in protest at the treatment of grassroots members by the senator and senior officials.
Threat of home-grown terrorism a 'reality', says George Brandis, as Coalition pushes to boost spy agencies' powers
LATIKA BOURKE 2:33pm Jihadists returning from fighting alongside terrorists overseas are committed to trying to strike on home soil and Attorney-General George Brandis says its ''delusional'' to think otherwise.
Inquiry hears Immigration Department pressured doctors to withdraw report showing alarming rates of mental health issues among children in detention
SARAH WHYTE 11:49pm The Immigration Department told the independent health provider on Christmas Island not to publish a report that showed alarming rates of mental health issues among children in detention, an inquiry has heard.
JUDITH IRELAND 2:28pm The Coalition appears likely to reject a radical proposal that would control how all Australians who receive a working age welfare payment spend their benefits.
LATIKA BOURKE 11:40am Clive Palmer should respect the government's mandate and pass the budget, the Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday, rejecting the crossbencher's call for a double dissolution election.
'Unfair': Poor graduates to pay about 30 per cent more than rich under Abbott government's university interest rate fee changes
Matthew Knott, Gareth Hutchens 7:56pm Federal government is expected to ditch one of its most controversial budget measures - the plan to apply real interest rate to student debts - following advice from the architect of the HECS repayment scheme.