The professional body for surgeons has expressed concern about the ''extortionate'' fees being charged by some specialists, including some of its own members.
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.
Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of acting dishonestly in using taxpayer-funded Cabcharge vouchers to pay for trips to Canberra region wineries.
A top AFP officer has admitted he was initially not comfortable with deploying unarmed Australian officers to the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Labor’s state conferences in NSW and Tasmania have backed more ambitious climate change action, maintaining pressure on federal counterparts to stick with a carbon price policy.
The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.
A High Court challenge to the Abbott government's powers over asylum seekers it takes into custody on the high seas has been widened to include a claim for damages for false imprisonment.
The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a “carbon bomb” and risk causing significant damage to the Great Barrier Reef.