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''.
Debra Jopson One of the country's largest Aboriginal organisations is being investigated over the misuse of public funds.
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.
Mark Kenny Outgoing Labor stalwart Simon Crean has warned colleagues to hold Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to his word to ensure Labor does not again degenerate into a ''one-man show''.
He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.
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.
Phillip Coorey THE hopes of 10,000 disabled people in the Hunter Valley remain on edge with the federal and state government ministers failing even to meet one another to secure for the region a trial of the...
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.
Tom Arup Tensions have again flared between the Baillieu and Gillard governments over the National Disability Insurance Scheme, with a proposed Victorian trial bogged down in a wrangle over details.
Peter Hartcher The Gillard government has started formal preparations for a federal election, promising to run a full term but also giving itself the option of an early poll.
Chris Johnson Liberal frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has sparked debate about the quality of parliamentary question time by saying there was an urgent need for more honesty in politics.
Daniel Flitton and Richard Willingham THE Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will miss at least the first two days Parliament this week as she grieves with her family after the death of her father, John.
Fathers and same-sex partners will receive two weeks' paid leave under a federal government scheme aimed at giving dads more time off to help care for their baby.
Russell Skelton Why are states relaxing drinking laws in some Aboriginal communities?
Maxine McKew It was one of the most brutal coups in Australian political history and Julia Gillard was at its heart.