More than 100,000 families will lose more than $320 a year with the government's supplement for large families getting the chop in the federal budget.
Latika Bourke The Abbott government is backing down on its controversial plan to make younger people seeking the dole wait up to six months before receiving welfare in a radical departure from its tough "lifter or leaner" language seen in last year's budget.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott says voters will be "excited" by tonight's budget, which he says will show a "credible path back to surplus" and will be focussed on small business.
Noel Towell It looked for a while like they they were in trouble again this year, but most public servants would breathe easy.
Michael Koziol The finger wharf at Woolloomooloo is 43 kilometres from the Mount Druitt mall, but it might as well be a different country. What if John Singleton was on Struggle Street instead of easy street? What if the antagonists were poor and Indigenous instead of white millionaires?
Anna Patty A former union boss who allegedly splurged union funds on two $150,000 luxury trucks including one he kept has denied he had preferred his own interests to those of his members, the royal commission into union corruption has heard.
Stephanie Gardiner Christopher Cullen allegedly threatened to kill his wife Comrie so often that it almost became a joke.
Rachel Browne Hospital volunteer who allegedly molested 12-year-old patient was sacked under conditions that allowed continued access to children, royal commission told.
Nicole Hasham The son of Indian migrants made Australian political history on Tuesday, becoming the first MP to be sworn into office on the Hindu religious text.
Rachel Olding Australians have largely switched off from the "death cult", a series of focus groups have found.
Blacktown's City Festival Week will run until this Saturday.
THE popular ABC TV show Gardening Australia visited Lalor Park Community Garden recently.