Natalie O'Brien Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has been detained in Malaysia as a ''security threat'' and is to be deported back to Australia within hours.
The government is yet to win crucial support for the passage of its flood levy legislation through the upper house.
Sarah Whyte, Ben Doherty, Lisa Cox Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is trying again to restore temporary protection visas after announcing 150 children would be removed from immigration detention centres and placed on bridging...
James Massola, Matthew Knott and Judith Ireland Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has urged compromise with the Senate crossbench to repeal the mining tax and pass contentious budget measures, citing John Howard's GST compromise.
Latika Bourke Legislation for Tony Abbott’s prized $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme has been quietly shelved and is unlikely to be put to the parliament this calendar year
Gareth Hutchens The federal government will be forced to face a crucial vote on its watering down of Labor's financial advice reforms next week after Labor succeeded - via a ruse - in tabling them in the Senate.
Peter Martin The carbon tax will be repealed within days after a breakthrough in talks between the government and cross bench senators who were concerned at what they believed were draconian provisions in the...
Michael Koziol The new financial year will usher in a suite of changes - here's how they affect you.
Adrian Proszenko, Heath Aston The Abbott government will consider legal action to recoup more than $40 million wasted on Australia's futile bid to host the 2022 football World Cup, won by oil-rich Qatar on the back of alleged...
Esther Han Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is aware of the storm of protest surrounding Woolworth's moves to charge farmers for its latest fresh food campaign.
Esther Han Vegetable farmers are pleading with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to intervene in their stoush with Woolworths, which began when the supermarket firm demanded they pay an extra fee to fund a new...
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.
Matt O'sullivan James Massola Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has accused unions of ''blatant fearmongering'' for their claims about errors on the airline's aircraft sent for heavy maintenance in Asia over the years.
Dan Harrison A preference system that can be gamed and an electoral administration that loses ballot boxes.
Lisa Cox Legislation to implement Tony Abbott’s direct action policy is almost certain to fail in the new Senate in its present form, even if Palmer United Party senators were to vote in favour of the...
Lisa Cox, Tom Arup There’s money in rubbish, big money – $200 million that won’t have to be paid because of the repeal of the carbon tax.
Mark Kenny Cabinet met on Monday night to approve plans to remove foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas, as the airline denied its problems derived from the carbon tax.
Lindsay Murdoch Malaysian democracy activist invited to speak at public forums barred, says Australian National University.
Canberra Three West Papuan activists who snuck into Australia’s consulate in Bali have been convinced to leave ahead of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit.
David Wroe, Ben Grubb Australians' email and instant messaging contact lists are being hoovered up by the nation's electronic intelligence agency under a massive surveillance partnership with the US, top secret documents...