Retailers hope an unexpected dive in spending will prompt the Reserve Bank to cut rates, but economists doubt it will move on Tuesday.
Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce is at odds with the Queensland government and the federal coalition over the sale of Cubbie Station to a foreign buyer.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says federal Labor is willing to "step up and provide additional resources" to help pay for its new schools funding plan.
Those on death row have a last wish; a no-expense-spared last meal. Gillard is now booking her future expensive meals in hell... and at our expense. NBN, Gonski, NDIS, dental scheme and array of endless idealistic "reforms" and tax schemes the Loony Left are determined to make Abbott-proof. They will probably be successful. Gillard is throwing around yet-to-be-earned cash like there is no tomorrow. She knows she won't be responsible for the massive debt. She will be doing okay on her bloated pensions and perks but we will be paying off debt and interest for generations. She has taken fiscal irresponsibility to new heights. Gillard can wreck the rented House for one more year and we will have no hope of retrieving the bond.
Queensland Information Technology Minister Ros Bates says the state government has saved taxpayers $40,000 an hour by sacking almost 400 IT contractors.
Up to 400 Victorian schools may be shut down on Wednesday as 35,000 of the state's teachers are scheduled to strike in a bid to win a huge pay rise.
With more than 30,000 children being abused or neglected every year in Australia, child protection is everyone's business, says Quentin Bryce.
IN RECENT weeks we have learnt that Julia Gillard has been the subject of ''vile and misogynist'' assaults on websites and Facebook. Even though she is a public figure, does she have any redress?
Parliament’s perennial conscience, Lib MP Mal Washer’s claim that politicians have blood on their hands is near the mark. The Taliban practice of beheading opponents and apostates of Islam is a Koran edict. These savages commit these acts whether we are there or not. They laugh at us. The might of the World’s armed forces has not swayed them from their despicable Sharia law! It never will. Our boys’ efforts are better served back here dismantling Afghani terrorist cells that arrived here in those boats at Gillard’s invitation and at our expense. Come home and protect Australians, not decadent Afghanis. But spray the poppies first.
Authorities have intercepted a boat carrying 62 asylum seekers and two crew northeast of Christmas Island.
Only a few months back, when it became obvious media were being gagged by Gillard, an enraged Pickering started blogging. He was computer-illiterate but somehow figured it out.
The three diggers gunned down earlier this week were all based at Brisbane's Gallipoli barracks and on their first deployment to Afghanistan.
Gillard’s media staff has been successful in having a copy of the fraudulent Association Incorporation Form, that displays her handwriting, taken down from Facebook.
Social media has come under attack because of a minority of idiots, known in social media terms as the ‘trolls’. We will always have idiots. Don’t blame social media because it‘s misused or abused. Should we ban kitchen knives because they may not be used for their intended purpose? Ropes? Cars? Planes? Tall buildings? Bridges?. If your feelings are hurt by what’s being said on social media sites, don’t feed it oxygen by responding. Ban, delete, report, or cancel your account. The regulators and the mainstream media are now using trolls as their next excuse to ban free speech. This is about personal responsibility, not regulation.
A man who created a fake Facebook page to lure a teen into bushland before killing her has been sentenced to 28 years for the "most heinous" crime.
What the hell are we doing in that backward, barbaric country anyway? It's worth noting that Australia, along with the US and 60 other countries, boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics. The reason? Russia had invaded Afghanistan. How times change. There remains only one constant: The death of one Aussie boy is not worth all the poppies in that cesspit of... a land. Spray every crop, leave them to their decadence and utilise drones to eradicate terrorist cells.
Lesson No. 1 for the ALP, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, you'll only f**k it. The "no advantage" concept is a farce. The 200,000 refugees locked in East Asia are treated like rabid dogs because they can't afford the boat trip. Will we treat them in the same inhumane way? Of course not! We are not Third World! Boat people aren't stupid and they will keep coming as long as there is a vast disparity in conditions and we allow them to communicate the disparity.