The opposition says job cuts at Ford came at a bad time and promised to repeal the carbon tax, which they say puts more pressure on production in Australia.
Angus Houston's expert panel on asylum seekers will guide the nation to action, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.
The federal government says it won't be giving the car industry more cash despite Ford announcing hundreds of jobs will go in Victoria.
Many consumers are fretting about the impact of the carbon tax on the household budget, a new survey has found.
A boat carrying 112 suspected asylum seekers and two crew members has been intercepted northwest of Christmas Island.
About 600 people have packed Sydney's Town Hall to talk about violence in Kings Cross.
Queensland's public service union has voted to take unprecedented industrial action, with the Department of Child Safety the latest victim of job cuts.
Greg Rudd will stand as an independent Senate candidate for Queensland at the next federal poll which is due by late 2013.
Gillard government whip Joel Fitzgibbon has again fuelled Labor leadership speculation by pointedly noting that populism matters in politics.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says Sydney Water workers who take further industrial action could find their jobs outsourced to the private sector.
Indonesia may boost naval patrols in the Sunda Strait as part of a collaborative effort to stem the flow of asylum seekers to Christmas Island.
The WA government and Prime Minister Julia Gillard have traded blows about how electricity price rises have been explained to consumers.
The coalition is partly to blame for the Greens' influence on federal politics, the Australian Christian Lobby says.
The 2013 federal election will trial the electronic checking of voter enrolment, a parliamentary committee has heard.
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Queensland public servants demanding Premier Campbell Newman stop cutting jobs have rallied in their largest numbers yet.
The surge in boat arrivals is hampering the government's efforts to resettle refugees from camps around the world, Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury says.