An Iranian-Australian man convicted for his role in the 2010 Christmas Island boat tragedy that killed 50 people has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence for people smuggling offences.
Jason Cadden and Petrina Berry 2:58pm The number of home loans approved in January was virtually unchanged but economists are encouraged by a rise in loans for housing construction.
MEX COOPER 11:39am A massive blackout has, in effect, shut down Darwin, leaving the entire city without power.
PETER HANNAM Environment regulators recommended Santos monitor radioactive elements in its future coal-seam gas operations in the Pilliga Forest despite not seeking such readings once unsafe levels of uranium were found in a contaminated aquifer.
Peter Martin, Mark Kenny An astounding 12 per cent slide in the price of iron ore could wipe as much as $4 billion off budget revenues, experts said.
JACOB SAULWICK Three years after a coroner's report into a fatal truck accident recommended mandatory new safety equipment, the government will insist it be installed on all old trucks carrying dangerous materials.
A political fight is brewing between Attorney-General George Brandis and the influential think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, posing a threat to the Abbott government.
TOM ARUP If you ever wanted an illustration of what green tape is supposed to prevent, then catch a train to Morwell today and take a deep breath.
Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The Abbott government defied the advice of John Howard and Peter Costello when it axed Australia's top economic official.
SARAH WHYTE The Abbott government has quietly reopened a visa loophole that will allow employers to hire an unlimited number of foreign workers under temporary working visas, in a move that unions say will return widespread rorting of the system.
JANE LEE The Catholic Church continues to rely on the legal argument that it is incapable of being sued in negotiations with alleged child abuse victims, a day after Cardinal George Pell acknowledged they should be able to sue the church, a lawyer says.
DAVID WROE Travellers on stolen passports like those used to board the vanished Malaysian Airlines flight are highly unlikely to get into Australia undetected, according to experts and an analysis of immigration procedures.
SARAH WHYTE The Abbott government has quietly reopened a visa loophole that will allow employers to hire an unlimited number of foreign workers under a temporary working visa, in a move that unions say will bring back widespread rorting of the system.
CATHERINE ARMITAGE What did the cardinal know?
PAUL BIBBY A woman who was allegedly subjected to indecent acts on the set of Hey Dad! by its star Robert Hughes has been accused of making false allegations in media interviews to damage his reputation.
Embattled fruit canning company SPC Ardmona has won a $70 million contract with the country’s largest supermarket chain Woolworths just weeks after the federal government rejected a $25 million bailout for the company.
BEN POBJIE Perhaps the most elusive concept in our culture is the ''Australian national identity''. The thought that there is one single identity that binds us all together is, on reflection, a bit silly, but the yearning and the search for one persists. This is at the heart of Hannah Gadsby's Oz (ABC1, 10pm).
James Massola, Heath Aston Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin is frequently criticised for the ''command and control'' she maintains over government - but six months into opposition, Labor MPs are unhappy with the centralisation of power under leader Bill Shorten.
JANE LEE Cyber-bullying should be a crime that carries a three-month prison sentence for the worst adult offenders, a former chief justice of the Family Court says.
JAMES ROBERTSON As planes traverse the Gulf of Thailand looking for a Malaysian Airlines jet and the answers within its black box recorder, some aviation experts are calling for the devices to be reinvented to remove the need for prolonged searches.
David Wroe, Rick Feneley A top terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight MH370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security failure''.
MATTHEW KNOTT The national curriculum is overcrowded, too advanced and risks undermining the teaching of basic literacy and numeracy skills, primary school principals say.
David Wroe and Rick Feneley A terrorism expert says the use of stolen passports on flight 370 ''eerily'' resembles a 1994 attack on a Philippines flight by an al-Qaeda-linked hijacker and represents a ''massive security failure''.
MARK KENNY Large job losses since the Abbott government came to power could cost taxpayers more than $600 million in extra dole payments and income tax not paid.
AMY MCNEILAGE Australia's middle class and wealthy parents need to send their children to public schools to improve the country's increasingly polarised and inequitable education system, a report released on Tuesday argues.
MARK KENNY A string of large job losses since the Abbott government came to power could cost taxpayers more than $600 million in extra dole payments and income tax not paid.
Rachel Browne, Amanda Hoh The Sydney couple aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight had two young children who were living with their extended family in China.
PAUL BIBBY A woman who worked with Robert Hughes on the hit sitcom Hey Dad! has told a Sydney court the actor deliberately exposed himself to her backstage and groped her in his dressing room.
Royal commission: Cardinal George Pell says child abuse victims should be able to sue Catholic Church
CATHERINE ARMITAGE For the first time Cardinal George Pell has acknowledged that the Catholic Church should be able to be sued over abuse by a priest.
The wife of a Perth man among the passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane has said she is still praying for a miracle to bring him home.