A proposal for a new take-it-or-leave-it class of "enterprise contracts" reminiscent of the Howard government's much-loathed Work Choices laws has sparked a fresh scare campaign by Labor and the unions, despite the Abbott government distancing itself from the idea and another to cut Sunday penalty rates.
Peter Martin Limiting negative gearing to new properties and cutting the discount on capital gains tax would save the budget $9 billion over four years, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.
Phillip Thomson It's a time of austerity. But here are the phantom work stations Aussie taxpayers are footing the bill for.
Peter Hannam Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tonnes in the past two months, the quickest pace in more than a decade, according to analysis by energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry.
Peter Martin The most important finding of the Productivity Commission's workplace relations inquiry is perhaps the most surprising, given how keen the government was to set it up: "Australia's recent labour market performance does not suggest a dysfunctional system".
Mark Kenny Way back when Tony Abbott commissioned the dry-as-dust Productivity Commission to examine the industrial relations system set up by Labor, it was his working assumption that it would feed into a late-term strategy
James Robertson If Bronwyn Bishop were to retire that support might benefit of her chief of staff, spokesman and local numbers man Damien Jones, heretofore seen as her probable successor.
Nicole Hasham The Abbott government has rejected a call by its own independent advisers to impose extra scrutiny on polluters to ensure billions of taxpayer dollars are not spent on emissions cuts that would have occurred anyway.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott has all but declared Bronwyn Bishop's political career over, following her resignation from the Speakership in disgrace over her lavish use of taxpayer-funded travel perks.
Cameron Atfield Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro has ruled herself out of the running for the vacant Speaker's position in Federal Parliament.