David Wroe 6:23 PM Australia will have to choose between safeguarding itself against a strategic "storm brewing" and economic "dark clouds" gathering, the nation's leading independent defence economist says.
Tom Arup and Lisa Cox 6:11 PM Early on Saturday morning we get the biggest clue yet to whether the Great Barrier Reef will be deemed a world heritage site "in danger".
James Massola 6:08 PM Liberal MP Warren Entsch and Labor MP Graham Perrett are prepared to team-up on a same-sex marriage bill in a potential circuit-breaker that would end the political impasse over the social reform.
Josh Gordon 6:00 PM Victorian and South Australian governments say states may be unable to deliver "high quality" standards for all students because of federal budget cuts.
Dan Harrison 5:40 PM Federal Sport Minister Sussan Ley said it was too early to consider Australia making another World Cup bid while corruption allegations cast a shadow over the sport's governing body.
Latika Bourke 2:49 PM Kevin Rudd's home insulation scheme was "appalling public policy, appallingly executed" and drove advisers working on the program "close to despair", says former climate minister Greg Combet's chief of staff.
Nassim Khadem 2:08 PM ACCI chief Kate Carnell hopes the government will be brave enough to implement Harper's proposed reforms, backing most of the proposals.
David Wroe 1:21 PM The Abbott government is conducting a "brave experiment" by giving military personnel below-average pay rises.
James Massola 11:53 AM Australians will be "shocked" if Prime Minister Tony Abbott fails to grant Liberal MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says, while conceding the issue has to be handled in a bipartisan fashion.
Nassim Khadem 11:50 AM The Abbott government must stop listening to lobby groups who are arguing for negative gearing and superannuation concessions to be left off the table for tax reform, says PwC.
Lisa Cox 11:42 AM Barnaby Joyce's office has called on Australia's media watchdog to investigate an interview in which radio announcer Kyle Sandilands attacked the Agriculture Minister for his treatment of Johnny Depp and his dogs.
Latika Bourke 11:30 AM Labor has accused Mr Hockey of "insulting" journalists and behaving unprofessionally.
Dan Harrison, Megan Levy 5:21 AM David Koch was told of a review into organ donation programs seven days before he dramatically quit his position as chairman of a government advisory council on live television.
Heath Aston 12:38 AM It was more than three months ago that Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove impressed foodies everywhere with an intention to buy a Thermomix for the kitchen at Yarralumla.
Mark Kenny and Judith Ireland 8:34 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set out the conditions for a conscience vote in the Liberal party room on same sex marriage and a subsequent parliamentary vote as early as August in what many see as a major shift in his language on the long-blocked reform.
Judith Ireland 8:30 PM Is it time to get out the rainbow flag? There's more to this story than meets the eye.
Sarah Whyte 12:00 AM The Immigration Department has been forced to pay at least $10,000 compensation to lawyers who were denied access to a compound at the Christmas Island detention centre, after the Victorian Supreme Court found staff at the centre had behaved in a "high-handed" manner, with an "unacceptable disregard" for the rule of law.
Sarah Whyte The High Commissioner for Human Rights has told a global audience that he is "dismayed" in Australia and the country's treatment of people seeking asylum in detention centres.
Andrew Taylor The ABC will close its online Arts Portal in 2016, shifting arts content to its web-based ABC iview service and News Online, and create a new division called ABC Regional.
Latika Bourke "Tamponomics" has split the Prime Minister and Treasurer and was raised again in Parliament on Wednesday. But how much tampon tax are women actually paying?
Heath Aston One of the key players behind a push to strip green groups of their charitable status, the Minerals Council of Australia, has missed the deadline to make a submission to the parliamentary inquiry that could deliver that result.
Judith Ireland Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted that same-sex marriage should be brought before Parliament via a cross-party bill, in a major shift in his language on the reform.
James Massola, Judith Ireland Two of the strongest Liberal supporters of same-sex marriage have lashed Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's move to introduce a bill on the topic to Parliament next week.