John Garnaut 10:47 AM China has won the first round of its contest for control in the South China Sea by completing construction of an archipelago of artificial islands which will enable it to further project its military power.
James Massola 10:26 AM Respected NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos has launched an extraordinary attack on his former ministerial colleagues for leaking against Treasurer Joe Hockey, calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to sack anyone found guilty of destabilising the government.
James Massola 7:10 AM Analysis: Tony Abbott is famed for his personal loyalty, but it might yet cost him dearly politically.
Matthew Knott 7:09 AM State governments should look to US-style "charter schools" - privately-managed public schools - as a way to boost the poor test results of Australian students, a new report argues. The report, published by the free market Centre for Independent Studies, argues that charter schools would encourage innovation and extend school choice to poorer parents who cannot afford private schooling. Charter schools would be funded at an equivalent rate to public schools, but would be run by private organisations - including for-profit companies. They would not charge fees. "Charter schools can be much more responsive to the challenges local communities face," one of the report's authors, CIS policy analyst Trisha Ja, said. "There has been a strong trend towards greater school autonomy in Australia over recent years and this would be the next step to bring more flexibility and choice into the public system."
Peter Martin, John Thistleton 6:03 PM Customers of Medibank Private will be free to use hospitals run by Calvary Health Care after agreement over a new contract
Cameron Atfield 1:14 PM Queensland Labor's rise from just seven state MPs to once again holding government within three years has been lauded by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten in his quest to similarly topple a conservative government after just one term.
Lisa Cox 11:38 AM The Australian Council of Trade Unions has shifted its attention to the counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions and what role he played in the Dyson Heydon controversy.
Jacob Saulwick Tony Abbott has denied his office had any knowledge of the cancelled Australian Border Force operation in Melbourne.
Lucy Cormack Former independent MP Tony Windsor has slammed a bungled government operation that would have seen people stopped for passport checks on the streets of Melbourne, telling ABC radio he had no doubt that some in the Abbott government "hope that something goes wrong domestically."
Sarah Whyte and Fergus Hunter Progress has been made in smoking and Indigenous birthweights, but not in reading rates and employment.
Andrew Darby The Liberal Party has moved to clear its record with the Australian Electoral Commission over a $48,000 debt repaid in Tasmania by former director Damien Mantach, as Labor calls for a police investigation.
Philip Wen Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".
Tom McIlroy High profile former Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh won't contest the 2016 federal election,
Mark Kenny No matter who decided it was a good idea for the freshly uniformed paramilitary types of the Australian Border Force to team up with police to randomly intercept citizens in Melbourne to undertake random visa checks this weekend, it is a very bad look for the Abbott government.
Australian Border Force cancels plans to patrol Melbourne CBD as part of antisocial behaviour operation
Nicole Hasham An operation involving the Australian Border Force that was to target potential visa fraudsters in the heart of Melbourne has been cancelled following a public backlash.
Alana Schetzer and Tammy Mills The controversial Border Force visa checks across Melbourne's CBD has been cancelled.
Alana Schetzer What do you do when something appears so ridiculous, so absurd, that a logical response just doesn't cut it?
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has warned advocates of strong constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians that, if they go for everything they would like in the referendum question, they will "probably end up with a proposal that won't pass".