The new law enforcement agency that came controversially to public attention on Friday, the Australian Border Force, is building a 5000 to 6000 strong body of officers, most trained for use-of-force operations.
Peter Hannam Another year of above-average fire risk is on the way as the long-term decline in cool season rainfall combines with a strengthening El Nino.
Gareth Hutchens Superannuation tax concessions are benefiting the rich and are being used as tax mitigation measures, rather than to encourage retirement savings, one of Australia's most respected think-tanks has warned.
Mark Kenny and Anna Patty Labor is planning a new parliamentary vote in the Senate against Tony Abbott's hand-picked trade unions royal commissioner Dyson Heydon in the wake of his decision to remain in the post.
Lisa Cox, Anna Patty, Michaela Whitbourn Mr Heydon was forced to consider his position after Fairfax Media revealed he was listed as a guest speaker at a Liberal Party fundraiser.
Peter Hannam After the coolest winter in years, the mercury is ready to rise, forecasters say.
Fergus Hunter Young leaders of the Nationals have ramped up pressure on opponents of same-sex marriage, voting to support reform and condemning the actions of their party elders.
Anna Patty Dyson Heydon has refused to step down because the Liberal Party event he agreed to address was a "legal event" in nature.
Amy Corderoy An inexpensive drug could hold the key to saving the lives of heart attack survivors
Nicole Hasham The detention centre at Nauru is badly run and despite the Australian government spending billions of dollars on the camp, its knowledge of what goes on inside is inadequate, a Senate inquiry has found.