The federal government should set up an independent body to assess what damages should be paid to child sex abuse victims and priests should be insured against being sued for sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has told the royal commission on child sexual abuse.
Asylum seekers facing indefinite detention on Manus Island have launched a new legal bid for freedom. At the same time, the Papua New Guinean government has moved to shut down a second inquiry into human rights at the centre, while the future of people housed there remains unclear.
Australia's highest profile unionist, Paul Howes, says his next job will not be as an MP in Federal Parliament, but he has left the door open to a future career in public life.
Cardinal George Pell has called on the federal government to set up an independent body to recommend what damages should be paid to victims of child abuse, as he gave evidence to the child sexual abuse royal commission.
There was a great deal of interest when one of the state's most accomplished and costly barristers stood to announce his appearance at the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Monday morning.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed transferring some of Medicare and Centrelink's frontline duties to Australia Post to help combat the ''existential challenge'' of declining letter revenues.
It has been called the oceanic equivalent of the butterfly effect.
The use of pethidine to relieve pain during birth may be on its way out as a small but growing number of doctors recommend a more powerful opiate that appears safer for babies.
An inquiry into the treatment of asylum seeker children on Christmas Island detention centre has found children in a state of gross neglect, with little to no access to education.
Liberal Party heavyweight Arthur Sinodinos was warned by top public servants to be careful of the company he was keeping as chairman of Obeid-linked company Australian Water Holdings because ''they may be dishonest'', a corruption inquiry has heard.
In its 61st year, the Sydney Film Festival will expand its reach and establish a new hub in ...