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.
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.
A referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the nation's founding document should be held next year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda argued in a speech in Broome on Thursday night.
Former treasurer Wayne Swan says he has "some sympathy" for his successor Joe Hockey, but only in that he "understands" how tough the job.
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 declared his budget is "not draconian, it's necessary", seizing on comments from Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens suggesting the Coalition's economic strategy was prudent and sensible.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Muslim community leaders who “foolishly boycotted” talks with the government in Sydney and Melbourne this week for being “self-evidently petty”.
Private health insurance customers are being given preferential treatment at certain GP clinics in a trial that poses a threat to universal healthcare, a Senate inquiry has heard.
A fee for GP visits would not apply to concession card holders and children under an Australian Medical Association proposal to the Abbott Government.
Horrific acts of terrorism such as the ''truly sickening and utterly evil'' beheading of journalist James Foley could happen in Western countries including Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.