After a spate of sewing needles being found in strawberries, the federal government has moved quickly to tighten penalties for those who sabotage fruit. But it is unlikely to be a strong deterrent.
The government wants to rush through its espionage and foreign interference bills, but more time is needed to make sure these make the country safer without jeopardising freedom.
Roman Quaedvlieg was sacked on Thursday by the governor-general on the recommendation of the government.
The government has been extraordinarily secretive when questioned in recent months about where the investigation was up to and why it was so prolonged.
There are considerable political and policy hurdles ahead if Australia is to move toward a national redress scheme for victims of child sexual abuse.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.
Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
George Brandis will become Australia's high commissioner to London in a reshuffle set to be announced on Tuesday.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
A spokesperson for Social Services Minister Christian responded to The Conversation's request for sources regarding our FactCheck on his comments about welfare spending and income tax.
Christian Porter said Australia's welfare system 'was costing over 100% of all income tax raised' under Labor after the GFC, and that it's 'around 80%' under the Coalition. Is that true?
Social Services Minister Christian Porter told Q&A that 'rates of drug use amongst unemployed are 2.5 times higher than amongst employed people'. Is that correct?
Bill Shorten has said Labor will oppose the budget's increase in the Medicare levy hitting taxpayers on incomes under A$87,000.
It’s a mystery why another trial of the Cashless Debit Card is necessary – particularly given how it has led to further economic and social harm among its participants.
Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.
Scott Morrison posted a this-was-mine claim on Facebook after Christian Porter promoted what was received as a fresh approach to welfare reform in his Tuesday speech.
The proof of whether an investment approach to welfare actually does improve outcomes for the disadvantaged is still some years down the track.
Bill Shorten should be praying those pesky crossbenchers give in to Malcolm Turnbull and pass the government's industrial legislation.
Online in-play betting is likely to be a big growth area for the bookies, and consequently for TV stations. If legalised, what harm might this bring?