Australia is unlikely to immediately follow the US and EU's lead in imposing further sanctions on Russia because it still needs Moscow's help in aiding the unarmed police mission's safe passage to the MH17 crash site.
Australian cricketing great Brett Lee has said any suggestion that he does not support human rights is "totally wrong".
Australia’s largest solar plant moves one step closer to completion with the first of 1.35 million solar photovoltaic (PV) modules being installed on Wednesday at AGL’s Nyngan Solar plant in central NSW.
Australia's gold-plated credit rating could be at risk if parliament fails to approve a path back to surplus, Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned while accusing Labor of "ripping up" its own promise to get the budget back in the black.
Young job seekers denied unemployment benefits could be forced to turn to crime or sex work to survive, employment services providers have warned.
The Australian Medical Association has rejected calls for greater transparency on surgical fees, saying it was not possible for patients to compare prices for operations in the same way they might shop around for a dishwasher.
The federal government has revealed details of what will constitute ''work for the dole'' activities, saying the jobs will be designed to help job seekers ''give something back to the community''.
Phone and internet customers could face a ''surveillance tax'' of up to $100 a year if the federal government implements a scheme requiring companies to store customer data for two years, the telecommunications sector warns.
A group of Catholic and Anglican church leaders have accused the Abbott government of ''state-sanctioned child abuse'' in the immigration detention system, and called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to step down from his position as guardian for all unaccompanied minors.
Security experts have warned the viability of the Dutch-Australian police mission to the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 is at risk, amid fierce fighting on the ground and a failed third attempt to reach the crash site.