Former prime minister Julia Gillard should be cleared of any crime in her dealings with union officials who misappropriated money from a union-linked slush fund, according to a submission by the royal commission into unions' counsel assisting.
The Abbott government will introduce new laws to stop internet companies storing customers' records on cheap overseas servers vulnerable to hacking.
Qantas' short-haul pilots have overwhelmingly rejected a wage offer that would have resulted in them forgoing 18 months of back pay, dealing a blow to management's bid to put in place a company-wide pay freeze.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has insisted his Direct Action program can achieve the agreed 5 per cent pollution reduction target and will be rigoriously verified, despite widespread doubts the policy can work.
Clyde River oyster farmers are so fed up with thieves raiding their leases they are offering a reward for information leading to convictions.
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