The giant Trans-Pacific trade talks were in danger of breaking up without agreement as the United States withdrew an offer it had previously made to Australia on dairy access and gave no ground on sugar.
Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has broken several days of radio silence to comment directly on the crisis surrounding his hand-picked Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop as marginal seat MPs admit they are becoming increasingly frustrated.
Nicole Hasham A refugee's visa application would be fast-tracked if they paid a potential $19,000 fee and their family in Australia promised to cover health and welfare costs, under proposals the Abbott government is weighing to cut refugee costs.
Chloe Booker Violent scenes have erupted between protesters and police at Christopher Pyne's book launch in Melbourne's Docklands.
Jane Lee No one was convicted of people trafficking offences in Australia last year, despite police finding more victims in more investigations than the previous year, a report says.
Cameron Atfield Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has increased the heat on embattled Parliamentary Speaker Bronwyn Bishop, accusing Prime Minister Tony Abbott of protecting his ally.
Nicole Hasham The future of renewable energy in Australia would be destroyed if "radical" recommendations from a Senate inquiry into wind power are adopted, the clean power industry says.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stopped short of describing the booing of Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes as racist but called on AFL fans to treat the former Australian of the Year with decency and respect.
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Latika Bourke Tony Abbott has said he understands voter anger over politicians' use of taxpayer-funded entitlements, saying he himself had flown economy to Europe with his family, as "that's what the people do".