Joe Hockey's first budget, which delivered swingeing cuts to health, education and welfare, raised taxes and broke a series of promises, was ''much softer'' than the Treasurer had wanted, a new biography published on Wednesday says.
Family members among 157 asylum seekers being detained on the high seas in separate rooms on a customs vessel are allowed out for meals and ''approximately three hours'' of daylight a day, according to a document lodged with the High Court on Tuesday.
Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.
Pilots have accused the air safety regulator of ''blatant institutional bullying'' over its warning that colourblind pilots could be grounded if it implements stricter medical requirements under consideration.
Labor's Left faction is pushing for a national debate on the size of government, with calls for higher taxes rather than cuts to spending to return the budget to balance.
Tony Abbott has warned of evidence tampering on ''an industrial scale'' at the MH17 crash site.
Employers who require workers to provide a doctor's note on sick days will be pressured to wear the cost of the proposed $7 GP co-payment, under a national union strategy set to be endorsed in Melbourne.
Nannies and grandparents could be paid by the government to look after children if they get the rightTAFE qualifications under a proposal to overhaul the nation’s convoluted childcare system.
Palmer United Party senator Jacqui Lambie has taken an innovative way to find love using talkback radio to search for a potential suitor – preferably one "well hung" and loaded with cash.
An Australian C-17 military plane is in the air on its way to the Netherlands in preparation to start returning the bodies of Australian victims of the MH17 crash.