Health Minister Peter Dutton has sent the strongest signal yet that the federal government is preparing to shake up its Medicare Locals network, either by axing the services or restructuring the system.
Australia will make one of its biggest ever military purchases with a $12 billion order for 58 Joint Strike Fighters in a move that will lift the nation's air combat power to among the world's most advanced.
The federal government's tightly held Commission of Audit report will be released publicy within days. Treasurer Joe Hockey will use a speech in Sydney on Wednesday night to lay out the timetable for revealing the commission's potentially explosive recommendations.
Australia faces a schools shortage and education budget blowouts unless governments accept more responsibility for funding building works in Catholic and independent schools, the non-government school sector warns.
Federal Health Minister Peter Dutton has fanned speculation that the Abbott government will introduce a fee to visit the doctor by arguing that well-off Australians should make a greater contribution to the cost of their care.
Liberal MP Dennis Jensen has launched an extraordinary attack on the Abbott government's multibillion-dollar purchase of fighter jets, suggesting his colleagues lacked the competency and the courage to stop the order.
The immigration minister Scott Morrison has defended his government's controversial boat turn-back policy after it was heavily criticised by the United Nations, saying that he was "not surprised" by their opposition.
United Nations representatives have joined the criticism of the Abbott Government's boat tow-back policy and called on Australia to process asylum seekers who reach Australian waters instead of returning them to Indonesia.
An emboldened Bill Shorten has outlined his ambitious reform agenda aimed at dramatically increasing the Labor Party's membership through the promise of more influence over the party's policies and direction.
Tony Abbott's chief business advisor Maurice Newman has questioned whether housing should remain exempt from the assets test for the age pension.