Five members of the Indonesian military are being accused of escorting a group of asylum seekers to board a boat to Australia.
Treasurer Wayne Swan is being tipped to lose his Brisbane seat of Lilley in the 2013 federal election.
An economist says Australia has enjoyed 21 years without a recession - the longest period of economic growth for any nation at any time.
Kathy Jackson is appealing the orders to put the HSU into administration that were set down by Justice Geoffrey Flick in the Federal Court last month.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Tony Abbott has reached a "new low" in criticising Australia's defence cuts to an American audience.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has spelled out his view on the US-Australia relationship in a major speech in Washington.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard says she trusts families not to blow the latest round of tax cuts and family payments on poker machines.
Opposition leader Tony Abbott says Kevin Rudd has been doing a good job in the US this week while Labor MPs deny new leadership speculation in Australia.
Kevin Rudd was a good prime minister but Tony Abbott is only making mischief by praising him, Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury says.
A Customs vessel has intercepted an asylum seeker boat carrying about 65 people off Christmas Island.
Ford workers are "gutted" by the news that 440 jobs will go, as the argument over government support for the car industry continues.
The union representing public servants says it will spend $1.4 million on an advertising campaign against Queensland government cuts to jobs and services.
Prime Minster Julia Gillard says job losses at Ford could have run into thousands if the government hadn't struck an earlier deal with the car industry.
Victoria's Liberal premier expects Labor to hold the state seat of Melbourne in the by-election on Saturday.
Australia needs to prepare for a growing number of Chinese tourists, with visits up 17 per cent, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says a meeting of MPs and the expert panel on asylum seekers was constructive.
Newspoll chief Martin O'Shannessy says disappointing voters is "poisonous" for politicians seeking to win government.
More should be invested in attracting talented people to the teaching profession, the coalition's education spokesman Christopher Pyne says.
Industry Minister Greg Combet says the government will not be providing any additional funding for the car industry.