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''.
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.
Debra Jopson One of the country's largest Aboriginal organisations is being investigated over the misuse of public funds.
He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.
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''.
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.
Lisa Martin The stalemate on poker machine reform has ended and the federal government will introduce legislation into Parliament after successfully wooing the Australian Greens.
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.