A crackdown on serious sex offenders has been announced in Victoria after revelations the man who murdered schoolgirl Masa Vukotic was on a supervision order.
Peter Hartcher The new law enforcement agency that came controversially to public attention on Friday, the Australian Border Force, is building a 5000 to 6000 strong body of officers, most trained for use-of-force operations.
Peter Hannam Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.
Gareth Hutchens Superannuation tax concessions are benefiting the rich and are being used as tax mitigation measures, rather than to encourage retirement savings, one of Australia's most respected think-tanks has warned.
Adam Cooper A young Argentinian woman's working holiday in Australia became a nightmare when she was assaulted after being driven into bushland by a man she had just met, a court has heard.
Mark Kenny and Anna Patty Labor is planning a new parliamentary vote in the Senate against Tony Abbott's hand-picked trade unions royal commissioner Dyson Heydon in the wake of his decision to remain in the post.
Chloe Booker A teen has died in a car crash in Victoria's south east.
Miki Perkins In the ornate heart of Melbourne Town Hall's venerable council chambers two men with very, very different lives met on Monday to talk about fatherhood.
Lisa Cox, Anna Patty, Michaela Whitbourn Mr Heydon was forced to consider his position after Fairfax Media revealed he was listed as a guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser.
Peter Hannam After the coolest winter in years, the mercury is ready to rise, forecasters say.