Treasurer Scott Morrison has urged financial regulators to crackdown on investor loans, warning restrictions have "worn off," allowing investors to storm back into the market hurting housing affordability levels and promoting surging household debt.
David Wroe, National security correspondent Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has cited the uncertainty about Donald Trump's foreign policy as one reason why Australia needs to bolster its home-grown defence industry.
Mark Kenny National Affairs Editor Local beef producers have won unfettered access to the giant Chinese domestic market for the first time, in a commercial breakthrough that gives Australia a unique level of entree denied to all other countries until now. But the resolution of Australia's beef over beef exports came with a gentle reminder to Canberra, and other regional neighbours, that China will not back down on the South China Sea and regards its outposts in international waters as its sovereign territory.
James Massola, Michael Gordon The Turnbull government has hand-balled responsibility for protecting people facing big pay cuts on Sundays and public holidays to the Fair Work Commission, effectively guaranteeing Labor and the union movement will mount a ferocious industrial relations campaign all the way until the next election.
Michael Koziol, Political reporter ""Inciting hatred against any part of the Australian community is always dangerous," Malcolm Turnbull said.
James Massola, Chief Political Correspondent A China-Australia extradition treaty 10 years in the making looks set to be killed off in the Senate next week with Labor, the Greens and the crossbench expected to team up to stop ratification.
James Massola, Chief Political Correspondent Farmers battling drought are set to be among the big winners in the 2017 budget, with the Coalition poised to announce a $4.5 billion regional investment corporation in May.
Mark Kenny, National Affairs Editor Politicians normally avoid airing their dirty linen in public but for Australia's longest governing leader, it was actually a laundry incident that nearly brought him undone.
Patrick Begley Australian firms have secured contracts to supply military equipment to Saudi Arabia, an autocracy accused of ongoing war crimes in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 civilians.
Amy Remeikis Pauline Hanson has compared Islam to a disease Australians need to vaccinate themselves against, a comment described by the deputy prime minister as "bat poo crazy".