A terse Bill Shorten has brushed aside further questions about his involvement in a damaging rape allegation dating back to the 1980s, pointing out Victorian police have told him there was no case and no charges to be laid.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has broken his silence about damaging rape allegations dating back to the 1980s after Victorian Police told him there was no case and no charges to be laid.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the last thing voters want is another election as he tried to hose down more commentary that his government has done a poor job of selling its budget.
Clive Palmer has softened the conditions under which his proposed emissions trading scheme would be launched, in an attempt to attract more political support for a new price on carbon.
A proposal by doctors to exempt pensioners from a $7 GP fee has been rejected by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has also signalled that children should pay.
Australians are in for much larger tax bills and slower income growth, and with hindsight the budget has been sold wrongly, the head of the Treasury has told a gathering of Canberra economists.
Australia's top spy has launched an impassioned appeal to the nation's half a million Muslims not to mistake the Abbott government's counterterrorism push as "fighting Islam".
The head of the Transport Workers Union has justified his use of a slush fund and a lack of disclosure about its use, saying it had helped rid the Health Services Union of corruption.
Cardinal George Pell has strongly defended the so-called Melbourne Response as Australia's first comprehensive redress scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse at the royal commission.
Private health insurers say warnings that a two-tier health system will be created if they are allowed to subsidise GP consultations are "scare mongering" and "ideological".