Judith Ireland Women will be disproportionately hit by the federal budget's changes to pensions and GP visits, according to Labor Party analysis.
Judith Ireland Australia's welfare system will be transformed to ''simplify'' about 50 different government payments, Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has reaffirmed, less than a fortnight after sweeping...
Dan Harrison, Beau Donelly More than half a million young people could need emergency assistance to pay for food and shelter because of a federal government change which welfare groups warn will lead to ''catastrophe''.
Debra Jopson One of the country's largest Aboriginal organisations is being investigated over the misuse of public funds.
James Massola, Anna Patty, Matthew Knott, Judith Ireland The Abbott government is actively considering raising the pension age to 70 and changing indexation arrangements for the payments in the budget.
Heath Aston The head of the Indigenous Land Corporation has accused her own organisation of presiding over 'perhaps the largest single evaporation of public money in the indigenous policy domain, ever'.
Heath Aston The head of the Indigenous Land Corporation has accused her own organisation of presiding over ''perhaps the largest single evaporation of public money in the indigenous policy domain, ever''.
Richard Willingham All poker machine venues in Australia, regardless of size, will pay a new government tax to help fund national pokies reforms, although the price is yet to be set.
Vince Chadwick Lia McCrae-Moore just laughs at Families Minister Jenny Macklin's claim she could live on the dole.
Exclusive Bianca Hall IS $2 BILLION a year too much to help Australia's most impoverished people?
Bianca Hall Party will move to raise weekly Newstart, Abstudy and youth allowance rate for singles by $50 a week.
David Barbeler, Patrick Caruana THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has avoided directly answering whether she could live on $35 a day, stating only that it would be ''incredibly tough''.
Bianca Hall An investigative unit designed to prosecute sex offenders will be established as part of the royal commission on the sexual abuse of children due to begin later this year.
Bianca Hall and Jane Lee Churches and charities should pay compensation directly to survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and the terms of reference should be broadened, says the chief executive of the group of those formerly...
Dan Harrison PENSIONERS will receive an extra $35 a fortnight from later this month when payments are adjusted for inflation.
Dan Harrison Federal Liberal MP Dennis Jensen has told an Aboriginal woman on Twitter to ''get over'' colonialism - and later issued a statement in which he regrets using Twitter, but not the comments.
Phillip Thomson In two years, Labor's Paid Parental Leave scheme has helped more than 250,000 parents.
Jonathan Swan, Judith Ireland An Abbott government would dump the baby bonus entirely - even the reduced, means-tested payments proposed by Labor, shadow treasurer Joe Hockey has said.
Michael Gordon The Gillard government will make a new pitch to female voters by announcing an inquiry into workplace discrimination against women taking parental leave when they are pregnant or caring for a baby.
Chris Johnston Nhulunby, East Arnhem Land Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is expected to attend a state memorial for Yunupingu to be held on sacred Aboriginal land today.