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.
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.
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.
Gareth Hutchens Eight years ago, the locals in the small southern NSW village of Tomerong protested against a plan to have their mail delivered to their homes from the local Australia Post office.
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says the federal government has failed to address threats made to Malaysian scholarship students or to speak out generally about his country's injustices.
Darren Gray Supermarkets should have a designated Australian-only aisle, or aisles, according to a farmer.
Matt O'Sullivan, Mark Kenny The Abbott government is holding firm in the face of dire warnings from Qantas that it faces a financial crisis which has already forced it to axe at least 1000 jobs and consider major asset sales.
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...
Peter Hartcher A telling phrase came up in Kevin Rudd's very first comments on the night he returned to the leadership.
Eli Greenblat, Jared Lynch An investigation into shopper-docket fuel discounts has led the nation's powerful competition regulator to warn the scheme may push up the price of petrol and create an unassailable petrol duopoly...
Eli Greenblat, Jared Lynch An investigation into shopper-docket fuel discounts has led the nation's powerful competition regulator to warn that the scheme may push up the price of petrol and create an unassailable duopoly...
Heath Aston Rudd government spent nearly $3 million in six days on asylum boats advertising blitz.
There is clear momentum for a change of government in Malaysia but the election may be stolen because of widespread voter fraud, independent Senator Nick Xenophon says.
Chris Johnson Several Liberal MPs plan to publicly defy the party line by attending an anti-wind farm rally.
Sean Nicholls, Jonathan Swan, Jacqueline Maley The O'Farrell government is calling for a blanket ban on gambling advertising during live sports events, as well as a crackdown on online betting, saying Prime Minister Julia Gillard's reforms are...
David Wroe Federal police are obtaining phone and internet records without warrants nearly 1000 times a week.
Food labelling is heating up as a political issue with an increasing number of election candidates supporting policy reform they hope will underpin jobs and better inform consumers.