Since the start of this year there has been a slowdown in demand for credit by business, a new index has revealed.
Apart from having the sort of head you'd never get tired of kicking, AWU boss Paul Howes' record of protecting workers' interests is abysmal.
The federal opposition says the government is getting the private sector to write speeches for ministers and senior officials.
Nothing snapshots the ineptness of the Gillard government better than the hopelessness of its border protection policy(s). Its fluid, floundering policies can be best summed up as; 'anything-else-but-admit-Howard- was-right'.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has urged federal coalition members not to get ahead of themselves,despite a clear lead in the polls.
Opposition workplace spokesman Eric Abetz says a move to impose a code of conduct at Fair Work Australia shows the entire system is flawed.
Pork-barrelling could cost Victoria funding for the Melbourne metropolitan rail tunnel, a senior transport bureaucrat has suggested.
Queensland's health minister says he will only be given a sneak peek at documents that could help the government sue over the payroll debacle.
The administrator of the Health Services Union's embattled East branch has frozen its accounts and brought in independent financial advisers.
Tony Abbott says he's focused on winning the next election rather than discussing Mal Brough's chances of returning to the frontbench.
An estimated 5.1 million hectares of Papua New Guinea's customary land has been given to mostly foreign-owned companies under special leases.
A well-managed economy will enable the federal government to pay for the national disability insurance scheme, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.
A new report on inequality in New Zealand shows a widening gap between European and Maori and Pacific Island families.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says he doesn't have a problem with gay marriage as it doesn't affect his marriage to wife Bronagh.
It's expected Peter O'Neill will be sworn in as Papua New Guinea's prime minister for the fourth time in a year on Friday.
Labor MP Graham Perrett says Labor has a lot of work to do to get voters on side but the latest poll shows it's moving in the right direction.
River issues will be a priority for South Australia's newly chosen senator-elect Anne Ruston.
Mal Brough says he has always told the truth about his involvement in the sexual harassment case against parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper.
Melbourne councils are paying up to $850 for a 20-minute welcome-to-country ceremony that should only cost a few hundred dollars, says an elder.