Lisa Cox, Natalie O'Brien 8:19 AM Australia's coal industry is driving increases in air pollution according to a new analysis which names coal mining as the dominant source of air particle pollution.
Mark Kenny 8:18 AM Anxious consumers have blamed the government as they close their wallets, deepening Joe Hockey's challenge of crafting a budget hit by plummeting iron ore revenue and by Tony Abbott's need for political recovery over budget repair.
Heath Aston, Nassim Khadem 8:16 AM The likely centrepiece of Treasurer Joe Hockey's assault on multinational profit-shifting – a so-called "Google tax" – risks breaking Australia's international tax treaties, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.
Andrew Darby 8:51 PM The controversial Dutch-owned factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has arrived in Australia and been given initial Federal Government approval to fish, despite concerted opposition.
Mark Kenny 8:24 PM The prospect of a breakthrough on the contentious tax treatment of superannuation earnings has moved a step closer with Labor extending a rare offer of bipartisanship to a cash-strapped government.
Markus Mannheim 11:45 PM The controversial Dane has struck a four-year deal to run a policy research centre in Perth.
Richard Willingham 6:09 PM The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.
James Massola 5:17 PM A sweeping review of the Defence Department has proposed "transformational change" of the sprawling organisation, the sale of real estate including 17 major sites worth up to $1.4 billion and the axing of between 1000 and 1650 public servants.
Latika Bourke 3:26 PM Independent senator Jacqui Lambie wants to send Australian made goods to poor countries instead of foreign aid claiming the money would be better spent "in our own backyard".
Clive Palmer launches legal action against former Palmer United Party senators Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus
Latika Bourke 3:19 PM Clive Palmer wants to sue defector Senators Jacqui Lambie and Glenn Lazarus for $9 million.
Lisa Cox and Peter Hannam 3:12 PM The UN wants nations to release their longer-term targets well in advance of the Paris summit late this year that will aim to thrash out a new worldwide climate treaty.
Beau Donelly 3:09 PM Loosening strict pharmacy regulations would allow supermarket chains to tap into the prescription medicine market and could compromise patient care, pharmacists warn.
Matthew Knott 3:03 PM Australia should look beyond the Asia-Pacific and lure more international students from Latin America and the Middle East to study at local campuses, according to a major federal government review of the $16 billion international education sector.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens 3:01 PM Canberra will push state governments to sweep away the most enduring market restrictions faced by Australians in their everyday lives granting new access to goods and services at lower prices from taxis and books, to 24-7 shopping including pharmaceutical and alcohol sales in shops.
Heath Aston 3:00 PM Australia's biggest 900 companies claimed tax deductions and exemptions worth a total $25 billion last year – enough to wipe out two-thirds of the current federal budget deficit at a stroke.
Latika Bourke 12:06 PM He exposed Kevin Rudd's colourful use of language to describe the Chinese during climate negotiations and allegations of Tony Abbott's infamous wall punch in his student days and now journalist David Marr is turning his sights on Labor leader Bill Shorten.
Latika Bourke Christopher Pyne's bid to deregulate tertiary fees has suffered a major setback with the influential Group of Eight universities withdrawing support for any more compromises aimed at securing crossbench support.
Latika Bourke Independent senator Jacqui Lambie has taken the first step towards forming her own political party by formally applying to set up the Jacqui Lambie Network.
Judith Ireland There are fears more than 100,000 mothers will be forced to give up work if the Abbott government cracks down on the number of hours parents have to work in order to get childcare subsidies.
Kate Aubusson Small businesses are fearful moves to deregulate trading hours, as recommended by the federal government's competition review, would see them crowded out of business by the big retailers.
The key recommendations of the Harper review.
Gareth Hutchens, Peter Martin Rules that restrict taxi licences, shopping hours, the location of pharmacies and the resale of goods legally purchased overseas would be swept away as part of a package of measures proposed by the first comprehensive review of competition policy in 22 years.
Harper review recommends sweeping changes to taxi services, retail trading hours and transport rules
Gareth Hutchens, Lisa Cox Retail trading hours, taxi services, and road transport regulations could all change radically in coming years.
Latika Bourke A crackdown on superannuation concessions received by the wealthy appears to be the next major tax reform, with both sides of politics declaring they are looking to tackle the issue.
Gareth Hutchens Treasurer Joe Hockey says Australian consumers have changed their behaviour so much in recent years, through online shopping and choosing more GST-exempt goods, that they are putting pressure on the GST as a revenue-raiser.