The atmosphere around the crash site of MH17 changed almost the moment the UN Security Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for rebels to cede control of the site and release remains of victims, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells Fairfax.
Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.
Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two are ''very separate issues''.
A powerful right-wing union has had its formal influence in the Labor Party slashed after it was caught grossly inflating its membership numbers
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.
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, underscoring the massive challenge facing international investigators including Australians as they converge on Ukraine.
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A Sydney nun, a married Melbourne couple and a West Australian grandfather and his grandchildren are among the ...