Prime Minister Tony Abbott has asked Defence chiefs and senior government officials to prepare plans for Australia to join a possible multinational force to enter Ukraine to secure the crash site of MH17.
The big surprise in the most detailed qualitative study on post-budget sentiment is that the voters' hostility is largely driven by concerns it will promote a less equal and less caring society.
The Indian government appears unlikely to accept the return of non-Indians among the 157 asylum seekers who have been held on the high seas by Australian customs officials since late June.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed Australia is working with other countries on options to secure the site of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to allow a thorough forensic investigation.
The worst possible outcome for the Abbott government would be if its proposal for a $7 Medicare fee actually became law, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler says.
The atmosphere around the crash site of MH17 changed almost the moment the UN Security Council voted unanimously to support a resolution calling for rebels to cede control of the site and release remains of victims, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop tells Fairfax.
Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia's present system of support for childcare and she can't.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is travelling to the Netherlands where he will meet aircraft bringing the victims of the MH17 disaster back from Ukraine.
Palmer United's Jacqui Lambie has declared she ''won't be scripted'' and that being a senator will not change her in the wake of controversy over comments she made about her ideal man.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed a Productivity Commission suggestion that funds be redirected away from his signature paid parental leave scheme and into childcare services, arguing the two are ''very separate issues''.