Australia's cooperation with Sri Lanka has been seriously questioned in a new report by international human rights lawyers, who say that it is deeply flawed and jeopardises asylum seekers' attempts to seek safety.
The WikiLeaks Party has chosen a Schapelle Corby conspiracy theorist as its candidate to replace Julian Assange at the West Australia Senate election.
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie says former prime minister Julia Gillard effectively offered him the Tasmanian seat of Denison “for keeps” in exchange for his loyalty and a backdown on poker machine reform.
Consumer confidence has dived to its lowest level since the Gillard era.
An independent audit of the ABC's asylum seeker coverage has uncovered isolated examples that could be perceived as biased – including a television report whose "one purpose" was to elicit sympathy for people smugglers.
The Abbott government will not be following the example of New Zealand's conservative Prime Minister John Key, who wants to remove the Union Jack from his country's flag.
Billionaire party leader Clive Palmer has dismissed claims of electoral advertising breaches in the final days of the Tasmanian election campaign.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes has hit back at the idea that there are too many people on the disability support pension, slamming claims that the system is being rorted as "completely unhelpful".
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended the Abbott government against accusations of inhumanity and "effectively operating a kind of Guantanamo Bay" with its offshore detention centres in Manus Island and Nauru.
The political circus has rolled into town, and there was more interest in seeing how the Liberal and Labor parties would kick off their campaigns in the lead up to the April 5 Senate election re-run than the significance of the QEII building and the medical team inside it.