Australia's biggest 900 companies claimed tax deductions and exemptions worth a total $25 billion last year – enough to wipe out two-thirds of the current federal budget deficit at a stroke.
Matthew Knott Australia should look beyond the Asia-Pacific and lure more international students from Latin America and the Middle East to study at local campuses, according to a major federal government review of the $16 billion international education sector.
The day's burning issues as seen through the eyes of The Herald's editorial cartoonist.
Noel Towell The weathermen and women at the Bureau of Meteorology look set to take their pay dispute to the nation’s airwaves, reading out protest messages during radio weather forecasts
Noel Towell Big businesses lobbied hard for Commonwealth public servants to be stripped of some of their workers’ compensation rights.
Julia Medew Blood donors will be increasingly cared for by assistants without nursing qualifications under controversial changes being executed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service that have sparked concerns about quality of care.
John Garnaut A powerful American general has fired a warning at China for rapidly building “a Great Wall” of artificial islands across hotly-contested waters.
Steve Butcher Musician Mike Brady, of Up There Cazaly footy anthem fame, has kicked a goal in a Melbourne courtroom and settled a potential costly legal mess.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin and Gareth Hutchens Canberra will push state governments to sweep away the most enduring market restrictions faced by Australians in their everyday lives granting new access to goods and services at lower prices from taxis and books, to 24-7 shopping including pharmaceutical and alcohol sales in shops.
Paul Bibby A Central Coast toddler who died from a catastrophic brain injury showed no signs of an alleged paddle boarding accident when examined by paramedics, refuting suggestions by his mother's boyfriend that this accident may have caused the fatal injury.