The lawyer for a group of Tamil asylum seekers at the centre of a High Court challenge says he had no idea his clients were being transferred to Nauru in a secret overnight operation.
The office of Ricky Muir has spectacularly imploded, with allegations of racism, sexism, bullying - and even personal threats against the rookie senator - at the heart of a dispute that led to the sacking of his most senior aide, Glenn Druery.
Parliament is heading for a historic vote on same-sex marriage in which Liberal Party MPs will be free to vote with their conscience.
The University of Melbourne has joined a chorus calling for the federal government to abandon plans to apply real interest to student debts and backed a set of alternative proposals that would reduce debt blowouts for poor graduates.
Parliament is heading for a historic vote on same-sex marriage in which all MPs will be free to vote according to their conscience.
Indigenous leaders and welfare groups have criticised a radical proposal by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest for a large expansion of welfare quarantining, arguing such a move would disempower people and punish the majority of recipients, who behave responsibly.
Paul Caine had a lump in his throat on Friday as he drove to work at the smelter that was once a beating heart of industry.
The Australian government’s attempts to protect international relations by suppressing details of a sensitive court case in Victoria appeared to have backfired, prompting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to demand an explanation.
Indigenous business would be given tax-free status, parents would lose family payments if their children wagged school and welfare recipients would be prevented from spending their benefits on drugs and alcohol under a radical plan to tackle inequality and unemployment in Australia.
With her polished vowels and perfect diction, the 68-year-old British-born Gillian Triggs is shaping up as Scott Morrison's most powerful foe to date. But who is she?
NATIONAL: Your morning wrap of Day 9 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.