Peter Martin Australia is in the box seat to crack the US sugar market, leaked trade documents show. But, in return, it may have to allow US companies to sue Australian governments in international tribunals, a...
Peter Martin The government has refused to give the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore.
Mark Kenny, Michael Bachelard, Heath Aston Relations between Canberra and Jakarta appear to be improving thanks to the letter Prime Minister Tony Abbott had hand-delivered at the weekend, but a senior government source said it would be some...
Royce Millar Tony Abbott intends to abolish body monitoring the billions received by charities each year.
Lucy Battersby The two major parties are at odds over how much the country should spend to get better broadband connection. Underneath all the bluster, are their proposals so different?
Michael Gordon and Daniel Hurst Tony Abbott will be asked to defend, discard or modify his promised generous paid parental leave scheme in the Coalition party room next week, amid growing internal concerns that it is no longer...
Adele Ferguson Australia is missing out on $195 billion or 13 per cent of GDP by failing to close the workforce gender gap, says the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, Tim Toohey.
Adele Ferguson Australia is missing out on $195 billion or 13 per cent of gross domestic product by failing to close the gender gap, chief economist at Goldman Sachs Tim Toohey said.
Ross Peake The Gillard government will not achieve its much-hyped budget surplus this financial year, according to a withering analysis to be published on Monday by Canberra's respected Deloitte Access...
Phillip Coorey THE federal Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, has told his MPs to behave like adults and to not take victory for granted after a week of ill discipline caused by an internal fight over foreign...
Phillip Coorey THE federal Coalition says it will find the $8 billion-a-year extra needed to fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme by slashing spending, while Labor says it wants the states to contribute.
Chris Johnson A Coalition government would go ahead with Labor's National Disability Insurance Scheme and deliver it on schedule, according to shadow finance minister Andrew Robb.
David Wroe THE Auditor-General has found 110 instances of federal ministers approving grants in their own electorates, including 33 that were not properly reported to the Finance Department.
The Prime Minister insists the economy, not leadership speculation, will dominate debate.
Another round of mortgage rate rises are expected to be unleashed within days, undermining the Gillard government's attempt to bolster its economic credentials.
Taxpayers are making only a modest investment to keep the car industry afloat, but manufacturing jobs are at risk under the Coalition, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
Richard Willingham Halfway through the life of the hung parliament, two of its most important players remain confident the Parliament will last its full term, predicting major and controversial reforms would be...
Chris Johnson Opposition policies would thrust the Australian budget $9 billion into deficit, according to government calculations released yesterday.
Markus Mannheim, Edmund Tadros The federal opposition believes it can save taxpayers at least $50 million a year by reining in the bureaucracy's use of consultants.
Paul Osborne Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has urged Queenslanders to punish Labor for Prime Minister Julia Gillard's broken promise on the carbon tax at the state election.