A proposal for a new take-it-or-leave-it class of "enterprise contracts" reminiscent of the Howard government's much-loathed Work Choices laws has sparked a fresh scare campaign by Labor and the unions, despite the Abbott government distancing itself from the idea and another to cut Sunday penalty rates.
Alexandra Smith The literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students have stagnated since the controversial NAPLAN tests were introduced in 2008.
Julia Medew Ever wondered what all the acronyms on your medical documents actually mean? Well, it turns out your GP probably struggles with them too.
Sean Nicholls NSW Liberal Party president Chris Downy has resigned to take up a senior executive role with The Star casino in Pyrmont.
Peter Martin Limiting negative gearing to new properties and cutting the discount on capital gains tax would save the budget $9 billion over four years, the Parliamentary Budget Office has found.
Noel Towell Departments need to get hard-headed on public service slackers, says commission
Phillip Thomson It's a time of austerity. But here are the phantom work stations Aussie taxpayers are footing the bill for.
Cosima Marriner Teenage girls are using their mobiles to send sexual images of themselves because they think it's fun and sexy, rather than because they feel pressured by boys, according to the biggest sexting survey undertaken in Australia.
Peter Hannam Carbon emissions from the country's main electricity grid have jumped at an annual rate of about 2 million tonnes in the past two months, the quickest pace in more than a decade, according to analysis by energy consultancy Pitt & Sherry.
Peter Martin The most important finding of the Productivity Commission's workplace relations inquiry is perhaps the most surprising, given how keen the government was to set it up: "Australia's recent labour market performance does not suggest a dysfunctional system".
A HOMESTEAD near Cessnock has been destroyed in a Tuesday fire.