DAN HARRISON Aboriginal leaders say a new national strategy to strengthen communities will be a watershed in the battle to reduce indigenous suicide rates that, in some age groups, are several times higher than for other Australians.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin Further tax cuts would have to wait until the budget was repaired under a future Coalition government.
Daniel Flitton, Michael Gordon 5:07pm A refugee widow and her six-year-old son will taste freedom in Australia after ASIO dramatically reversed an assessment she posed a threat to national security.
3:48pm Senior Liberal frontbencher Christopher Pyne says a Labor source has told him Kevin Rudd will again challenge for the leadership in June.
3:28pm Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has apologised for an analogy that equated maternity leave for women with men going on holidays.
JUDITH IRELAND 5:14pm The Coalition has signalled it may break up the Australian Taxation Office if it wins government, to ensure a "more independent" resolution to tax disputes.
TIM COLEBATCH 12:35pm The federal budget will remain in structural deficit for several years after it is officially forecast to return to surplus in 2015-16, Federal Treasury has estimated.
JUDITH IRELAND 1:06pm Shadow assistant treasurer Mathias Cormann has dismissed comments from Treasury head Martin Parkinson that his department does not tailor numbers to the government, arguing "you wouldn't expect him to say anything else".
Mark Russell 10:19am Former Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson accused of using a Health Services Union credit card to pay for prostitutes has appeared in court today to face 19 fresh charges.
Shane Green, Rachel Browne A bleak picture of disadvantage among single parents forced onto Newstart has emerged, with a new Salvation Army report finding the contentious policy has compounded levels of deprivation.
MARK KENNY A war of words over gay marriage has broken out between Labor government figures and a powerful Christian lobby group whose support has long been regarded as necessary to winning elections.
BIANCA HALL Opinion Self-harm rates among asylum seekers in Australian detention centres has dramatically fallen since September 2011.
MARK KENNY A virtual war over gay marriage has broken out between key Labor government figures and a powerful Christian lobby group.
HEATH ASTON Communications Minister Stephen Conroy brokered a deal with the television industry to allow betting companies to continue spruiking live odds during sports broadcasts, despite the growing public backlash against the spread of gambling culture.
HEATH ASTON Stephen Conroy brokered a deal with the television industry to allow betting companies to continue spruiking live odds during sports broadcasts, despite the growing public backlash against the spread of gambling culture.
Shane Green A bleak picture of disadvantage among single parents forced onto Newstart has emerged, with a new Salvation Army report finding the contentious policy has compounded levels of deprivation.
JOSH GORDON Tony Abbott is facing internal pressure from Victorian Liberals to privatise the ABC and SBS if he wins the September 14 election amid claims both organisations are struggling to comply with their charters.
BIANCA HALL Self-harm rates among asylum seekers detained in Australian detention centres have dramatically fallen since September 2011.
ANDREW DARBY A 170,000 hectare extension of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness zone has hit a roadblock, with an international cultural conservation group insisting the area must be studied for indigenous significance before it can be protected.
JONATHAN SWAN Finance Minister Penny Wong has condemned the Australian Christian Lobby over comments likening children of same-sex couples to the stolen generations, saying the group's "bigotry" has no place in modern Australia.