Dan Harrison 5:06 PM Private health insurance premiums will rise by a weighted industry average of 6.18 per cent from April 1, Health Minister Sussan Ley has announced.
Heath Aston 4:29 PM A would-be senator who left Australia in January to join the fight against Islamic State has made contact with his family.
Deborah Snow and Sarah Whyte 4:20 PM The row between the president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, and the federal government has escalated, with Professor Triggs flatly denying she ever canvassed her possible resignation with other members of the commission.
Primrose Riordan 4:16 PM A new report has attacked DPS over its management of $62.8 million worth of contracts, saying the business cases for the majority of them don't show clear value for money.
Julie Bishop weighs in to speculation Tony Abbott's leadership is under renewed threat from Malcolm Turnbull
James Massola 3:52 PM Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has warned her colleagues the Australian people will judge the Liberal Party at the next election, amid growing suggestions that key support for Tony Abbott is ebbing away.
Luke Malpass 3:46 PM It was a case of assiduous avoidance as Joe Hockey and Malcolm Turnbull circled each other but did not come into contact at the 120th anniversary function of the Australian Jewish News and a launch of a book marking the occasion.
Patrick Durkin and David Ramli 3:45 PM The Federal Government's controversial $400 million plan to force telecommunications providers to store the metadata of all phone and internet users for two years will go ahead after the Labor party agreed to support the move.
Mark Kenny, Sarah Whyte, Deborah Snow 3:42 PM Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has undermined the government's stance that there had been no inducement to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs to leave her job, confirming an international posting for Ms Triggs had been the subject of discussions.
Matthew Knott 3:41 PM Over 80 per cent of respondents to market research commissioned by the federal government mistakenly believed that up-front university fees were being reintroduced as part of the government's proposed higher education changes.
Lisa Cox 3:41 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott has attempted to deflect questions about his leadership, providing a less than confident answer when asked if he expects to hold the job by the end of next week.
Lisa Cox 3:40 PM With a withering look, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop responded to a New Zealand journalist’s question about whether she would stand against Malcolm Turnbull in a leadership spill.
Jared Lynch 3:26 PM Former News Corporation chief executive John Hartigan has called for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to step aside in the nation's best interest.
Heath Aston 1:34 PM The heavily subsidised solar industry appears set for a shake-up after Environment Minister Greg Hunt revealed his concern that 15 per cent of the 1.3 million rooftop systems in Australia are substandard.
Markus Mannheim 11:46 AM The government's legal bills continue to rise despite significant cuts to agency budgets.
Lisa Cox 5:53 AM The Abbott government says it will act on country of origin labelling in the wake of the hepatitis A outbreak from frozen berries imported from China.
Lisa Cox 1:35 AM It's the shortest but possibly also the most amusing press statement of all time.
Heath Aston 8:57 PM Treasurer Joe Hockey is under fire for launching a taxpayer-funded public relations push to sell the need for tax reform.
Sarah Whyte and Deborah Snow 8:53 PM Gillian Triggs has categorically denied that she instigated any discussion for a new job with the secretary of the Attorney Generals department, after further allegations arose on Thursday.
Nassim Khadem 8:37 PM Amid dishing out billions of dollars of tax breaks to the nation's biggest companies and widespread condemnation of multinational profit shifting, Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan says the Australian Taxation Office is on track to recoup $1 billion in revenue from companies.
Mark Kenny and James Massola Tony Abbott's judgment is again being questioned by colleagues over his continuing attack on Gillian Triggs with Malcolm Turnbull exposing the strategy as against the interests of the government and the nation.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Indonesian president Joko Widodo is "carefully considering his position" on the impending executions of two Australians.
Latika Bourke Palmer United senator Glenn Lazarus has launched an extraordinary attack on the federal government saying its management of the crossbench is "dysfunctional" and a mess.
Peter Martin The Australian Bureau of Statistics has claimed the census is less useful than widely believed, as a leading trade union launches an online petition to save it.
Dan Harrison Hundreds of thousands of Australians could face having to pay the full cost of their visit upfront as a result of the government's Medicare changes, a Senate committee has heard.