Members of COAG listen to Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the top of this morning’s meeting at Parliament House.
States ready for arm wrestle with Abbott to get better deal on hospitals, schools.
University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The ACT’s new prison did not take long to fill up, which has tested the capacity of corrections authorities to live up to their stated high ideals.
The ACT's first prison opened in 2009 with lofty ideals, but rising prisoner numbers and high rates of re-imprisonment are presenting a severe test of the capital's reformist corrections agenda.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dealing with a very different COAG to the last one he chaired.
Bitter battles about money hang heavily over the Council of Australian Governments meeting, though Tony Abbott wants it to concentrate on the less divisive topics.
AMA chief Brian Owler said that instead of putting the public hospital sector on a sustainable footing, the federal government had retreated from its responsibilities.
An Australian Medical Association report showing the nation's public hospitals face a funding "black hole" because of the federal government's cuts gives premiers strong ammunition for their Friday meeting with Tony Abbott.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to lowering taxes.
Tony Abbott has reaffirmed that the government's aim is "always to get taxes down" in a speech also saying that the May 12 budget will offset all new spending with "responsible and fair" savings.
Peter Costello believes the Liberals are destroying their economic credentials.
It's no secret that Peter Costello doesn't give a high mark to the Abbott government, and every now and then he uses his column in News Corp papers to call it out.
If banning boxing is not the answer then how to reduce the risks and make it safer?
Boxing is big business but can come at a cost with severe health risks, even death. So what's being done to reduce those risks?
Treasurer Joe Hockey has faced a blow in the latest opinion poll.
With the May 12 budget potentially crucial for Tony Abbott's future, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll shows the government will go into its testing selling task with Treasurer Joe Hockey at rock bottom popularity.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics, including why Western Australia is wild about a possible cut in its share of GST revenue.
Treasurer Joe Hockey is sympathetic to Western Australia’s GST wishes.
Of all the states, Western Australia is the one that traditionally has had the most individual and, let's face it, bolshie, identity. When it has a grievance, the west can raise hell for a federal government of either hue.
Bill Glasson, pictured campaigning with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Griffith byelection, has confirmed he is a candidate to fill a Senate vacancy.
Former Australian Medical Association president Bill Glasson is in line to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Brett Mason.
Power costs are moderating after sharp increases, according to an energy White Paper.
Consumers must play a role in reducing their electricity bills, the government says.
Asylum seekers during a hunger strike in Foxtrot Compound at the Manus Island detention centre.
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The government is under renewed pressure over the Nauru detention centre, with a claim that it has known of "the sexual and physical assault of women and children" for at least 17 months.
It is hard see Joe Hockey’s claim not being marked down if he wrote it in response to a question in a first year university economics exam.
Anyone who believes we really do need more economic reform might well despair at the inability of the government to effectively prosecute it and the business community to successfully advocate it. No wonder…
Kids need to be interested in the book they’re reading, so it’s better if they choose it themselves.
Kids will be turned off reading if they have no interest in the material. Comics or picture books are fine as long as the child enjoys it.
Labor leader Bill Shorten is set to confront several tricky issues at Labor’s national conference, later this year.
Bill Shorten has labelled this the year of ideas but obviously Labor would rather have the overwhelming attention on the Coalition for as long as possible.
Internet Explorer was a pain for many web designers.
Microsoft's looking to change the way we interact with websites through its new Spartan project. So what does that mean for the much derided Internet Explorer?
Economist Ian Harper has delivered the final report in the most comprehensive review of competition law and policy in more than 20 years.
The removal of restrictions on retail trading hours, pharmacies and parallel imports, and a controversial “effects test” on existing misuse of market power rules are among the many recommendations contained…
Private health insurance is an expensive way to fund health care.
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Private insurance, by its very nature, suppresses price signals and encourages over-servicing and cost escalation.