The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.
Judith Ireland Labor leader Bill Shorten has accused Prime Minister Tony Abbott of "insulting the intelligence" of Australians by refusing the offer any help to the thousands of asylum seekers fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh
Heath Aston Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have pushed back at claims by billionaire Andrew Forrest and Senator Nick Xenophon that they "monstered" government out of holding a touted inquiry into iron ore.
David Wroe Destroying the people-smuggling trade remains a "national security priority" for Australia because it is being used globally to fund terrorism, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has said.
Dan Harrison Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson has raised concerns about a proposal to recognise the First Australians outside the constitution, warning it was "very risky" to rely on the goodwill of politicians to serve the interests of Indigenous people.
Daniel Flitton Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has stated Australia's concern over any military build-up on artificial islands in the South China Sea - just days after a US spy plane made a show of buzzing close to a Chinese base in the disputed territory.
Heath Aston Pharmaceutical companies will be put under the microscope by the Senate tax avoidance inquiry which recently exposed rampant "offshoring" of profits by Google, Apple and Microsoft.
Sarah Whyte Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has defended the government's decision not to resettle the thousands of Rohingyan and Burmese asylum seekers at the centre of the escalating migrant crisis, saying Australia is not in a position to help every displaced person in the world.
Andrew Darby Cadbury is to sack 80 people in Hobart, as the venerable chocolate maker's rocky road rolls on following the loss of a $16 million Federal Government grant.
Jewel Topsfield, James Massola, David Wroe The Indonesian government has rebuked Australia for refusing to resettle any of the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers at the centre of the growing refugee crisis in South East Asia.