Ukranian and rebel forces are locked in a struggle for control of the MH17 crash site, driving Australian and Dutch investigators to opt for high-risk strategies that so far have failed to win them access to the debris field where the Malaysian aircraft went down.
ACT welfare groups say changes to work for the dole will undermine the safety net, and make young people vulnerable to dodgy employers, as the territory experiences some of the highest youth unemployment in the country.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he will hit the phones in a bid to ensure an agreement to allow investigators access to the MH17 crash site is honoured, signalling a growing frustration with delays on the ground in Donetsk.
One of Australia's most respected workplace economists says there is no evidence that ''work for the dole'' schemes actually work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for political, rather than economic, reasons.
Former Labor leader Mark Latham says Bill Shorten needs to do more to take on the entrenched power of the ALP's factions.
Monday was the second day in a row that fighting prevented Australian investigators from getting to the MH17 crash site.
The professional body for surgeons has expressed concern about the ''extortionate'' fees being charged by some specialists, including some of its own members.
Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of acting dishonestly in using taxpayer-funded Cabcharge vouchers to pay for trips to Canberra region wineries.
A top AFP officer has admitted he was initially not comfortable with deploying unarmed Australian officers to the site of downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.
Labor’s state conferences in NSW and Tasmania have backed more ambitious climate change action, maintaining pressure on federal counterparts to stick with a carbon price policy.