West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan says temporary protection visas for asylum seekers should be reintroduced.
Businesses are still worried about industrial relations laws, which they say are hindering their competitiveness.
Treasurer Wayne Swan should focus on his own record, rather than the records of a US rock singer, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.
The ACTU says a review of the Fair Work Act shows there's no need for fundamental policy changes.
Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten says a review of the Fair Work Act shows it is working well, despite it being savaged by industry and business.
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey has launched into a speech to be given by Treasurer Wayne Swan, calling it ridiculous.
Health Services Union national president Michael Williamson has resigned amid allegations of misusing member funds.
Australian naval vessels will be given greater access to Indonesian waters as part of a collaborative response in dealing with asylum seeker boats in distress.
Wayne Swan has used YouTube and an online forum to air his views on mining magnates and Bruce Springsteen ahead of a speech in Melbourne.
Trade Minister Craig Emerson has criticised the coalition for sending mixed messages to China about Australia's willingness to do business.
Former ABC Collectors presenter Andy Muirhead has been remanded in custody after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.
South Australian Opposition Leader Isobel Redmond says she turned down a tilt at the Senate to lead her party to the next state election.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has announced that government business QBuild will lose about 200 staff.
A Sydney Islamic school has denied operating for profit after the NSW government ordered it to pay back $9 million in public funds.
The Environmental Defenders Office says it is concerned by the Queensland government's decision to make Heritage Council members reapply for their jobs.
The Queensland government has announced it will get rid of 2000 transport workers in its drive to slash 20,000 workers from the state's payroll.
Queensland's Speaker of the House Fiona Simpson has announced a crackdown on people who want to visit the public gallery.