A taskforce of federal health bureaucrats and external consultants deciding how to modernise Medicare will be paid about $5 million for six months' worth of work.
Judith Ireland Australia's own Greg Hunt has been singled out as the best minister in the world by a high-powered international conference.
Tom Allard ALP says it will submit to international adjudication on disputed sea border.
Tony Wright The federal government needs an early double dissolution election to "sort out" the troublesome Senate, according to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss.
Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Warren Truss is preparing to step down earlier than he originally told his colleagues paving the way for a swifter transition to his current deputy, the higher profile Barnaby Joyce.
Michael Gordon, Fergus Hunter Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to be guided by the "wisdom, the ingenuity, the insights" of Indigenous people to tackle profound disadvantage after a report confirmed the nation is not on track to close the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2030.
Jane Lee Attorney-General George Brandis says it is difficult to recruit and retain Federal Circuit Court judges because they are not offered a pension.
Peter Martin Treasury secretary John Fraser has played down the reliability of economic modelling due to be released by the government to help guide the tax debate.
Heath Aston, political correspondent Parliament is set to hear months of evidence of corruption and lawlessness across all sectors - wider than just the union movement - with the imminent establishment of an inquiry into the need for a national integrity watchdog similar to the Independent Commission Against Corruption in NSW.
Peter Hannam Australia's new chief scientist Alan Finkel has had "significant conversations" with leading researchers to ensure planned deep cuts to climate science programs by the CSIRO would not undermine the country's ability to deal with global warming.
Local comedian Andy Saunders and Kevin Kropinyeri to join forces in stand-up show, The Bald and the Beautiful, ...
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