Taxpayers will spend half a million dollars for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to host a gathering of global competition watchdogs in Sydney next month.
Adam Morton and Lisa Cox The Australian government is changing how it expresses climate change targets in way that could make it appear to the public as though it is cutting greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly than it is.
Lisa Cox The Abbott government says it will be a constructive player in global climate talks but environment groups have warned it is laying out a path that puts Australia at risk of failing the most important climate test in a decade.
Cameron Atfield At least three Liberal National Party members are in contention to replace retiring Senator Brett Mason in the upper house ahead of next year's federal election.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government is considering how high it should boost childcare funding after rejecting a Productivity Commission proposal.
Judith Ireland The Abbott government is considering how to limit extra spending on childcare while minimising the number of families left worse off.
David Wroe Police officers comprise the majority of people empowered to sign off on access to Australians' phone and internet records, Fairfax Media has found.
Matthew Knott The National Security Committee has met to canvass options following the Germanwings crash that killed 150 people.
Cameron Atfield High-profile former Griffith candidate Bill Glasson has confirmed his candidacy for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Brett Mason.
James Massola One of the largest donors to the New South Wales Labor Party, a Chinese-based property group, picked up the tab for federal Labor senator Sam Dastyari after he was sued by an advertising firm.