The Senate has sunk government plans to open up Australia's port-to-port shipping industry to more foreign-flagged vessels – many of which are crewed by sailors paid as little as $2 an hour.
Lisa Cox Australia has a new five-tier terror alert system but the actual threat of an attack on home soil has not changed, the government said on Thursday.
Latika Bourke There have been farcical scenes in the Senate with two government senators crossing the floor and others dashing out of the chamber.
Latika Bourke Mal Brough should stand aside while police investigate the James Ashby affair Labor Leader Bill Shorten has said, in an escalation of the opposition's pursuit of the Special Minister of State.
Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne The federal government has left the door open to holding a royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities, in the wake of a damning parliamentary committee report into the issue.
Heath Aston It's shaping as The Hangover: Canberra for partying politicians and their staff.
Lindsay Murdoch Political divisions are dragging country Canberra says is a safe for refuges towards a "dangerous tipping point", UN warns.
Jane Lee The Turnbull government is rushing to pass changes to the Medicare Safety net without releasing details on the extent of their impact on chronically ill patients.
Michael Gordon The ACTU is recasting its political strategy after its own survey showed a 10 per cent jump in the number of union members are undecided about who they will support at next year's election.
Michael Gordon The erosion of fundamental freedoms and overreach of ministerial discretion is leaving Australia increasingly isolated from international community standards, the president of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs has warned.
Katoomba's Paragon Cafe was the place to hold a wedding reception back in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. ...