Abbott wrote to Gillard on three separate occasions asking that he be included in a non-partisan push to get the NDIS underway.
The FBEU says NSW government plans to slash $70 million from Fire and Rescue's budget will close stations and put communities at risk.
Border Protection Command says it intercepted a boat full of asylum seekers on Saturday night - the second within 24 hours.
The average growth of household wealth jumped by more than 20 per cent over a six-year period compared to US households which declined by 30 per cent.
Ahead of the release of a report into the government's Fair Work Act, Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten says there's no productivity silver bullet.
An inquiry into a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in May 2011, which claimed the life of an Australian soldier begins on Monday.
The fact a boatload of asylum seekers got so close to the WA coastline shows border protection forces are under pressure, the coalition says.
The chairman of the ACCC says the number of companies trying to push up their prices because of the carbon tax is low.
Legislation is being drafted for the NDIS but the funding element won't be enshrined for some time, Disabilities Minister Jenny Macklin says.
Disabilities Minister Jenny Macklin says there is more work to be done between the commonwealth and states before the NDIS funding is made law.
The Liberal National Party has chosen former Howard minister Mal Brough to contest Speaker Peter Slipper's seat of Fisher at the next election.
Border Protection authorities have intercepted a boat carrying around 15 suspected asylum seekers off the coast of Western Australia.
Wayne Swan says Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is being "cold-hearted and callous" in refusing to come on board for a national disability trial.
The Harbour City Ferries consortium has begun the $800 million, seven-year contract to maintain and operate the ferry services.
NSW Liberal upper house MP Charlie Lynn who has confirmed he will resign from the party.
Australia should send Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Colombo in large numbers to deter people smugglers, Sri Lanka's navy says.
The Liberal National Party will announce this weekend their candidates for Fisher and Lilley at the next federal election.
The legality of thousands of decisions on foreign work visas is in question because of a paperwork bungle by a government body, Fairfax media reports.
The federal opposition says residents on the Central Coast will see increased bills as two councils deemed big polluters are forced to pay the carbon tax.