Julia Gillard and Greg Combet, fallen titans of the 2013 Labor government, issued a call to arms on Tuesday, with Mr Combet urging the party faithful to step up the fight on climate change and the federal budget.
Qantas and Virgin are the target of tough talks with the competition regulator, with top official Rod Sims declaring his agency is “very sceptical” about the airlines’ claims they have no savings to pass on to travellers in the wake of the repeal of the carbon tax.
ACT welfare groups say changes to work for the dole will undermine the safety net, and make young people vulnerable to dodgy employers, as the territory experiences some of the highest youth unemployment in the country.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has confirmed she urged Greg Combet to run as Labor leader in June last year, saying it became clear that her leadership "was very likely to come to an early end".
Ukranian and rebel forces are locked in a struggle for control of the MH17 crash site, driving Australian and Dutch investigators to opt for high-risk strategies that so far have failed to win them access to the debris field where the Malaysian aircraft went down.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he will hit the phones in a bid to ensure an agreement to allow investigators access to the MH17 crash site is honoured, signalling a growing frustration with delays on the ground in Donetsk.
One of Australia's most respected workplace economists says there is no evidence that ''work for the dole'' schemes actually work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for political, rather than economic, reasons.
Former Labor leader Mark Latham says Bill Shorten needs to do more to take on the entrenched power of the ALP's factions.
Monday was the second day in a row that fighting prevented Australian investigators from getting to the MH17 crash site.