Former Howard government minister Philip Ruddock is retiring from politics to become Australia's special envoy for human rights.
Adam Gartrell Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has sought advice on whether frontbencher Stuart Robert has breached ministerial standards following claims the Human Services Minister had a conflict of interest during a secretive trip to China.
Nicole Hasham Some of the 267 asylum seekers waiting to be flown back to Nauru are suffering from cancer and terminal illnesses, and the first returns could potentially be made "within days".
David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is considering slapping further sanctions on North Korea after the rogue regime of Kim Jong-un launched a long-range missile in defiance of United Nations rules.
Rachel Browne The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has accepted that Cardinal George Pell is too sick to return to Australia to give evidence into a hearing regarding alleged abuse in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Adam Gartrell Scandal is threatening to engulf another Turnbull government minister, with Labor accusing Stuart Robert of potentially breaching ministerial rules.
Beau Donelly On Monday, a nurse will wake Anthony Virgona at 5.30am to travel to the Royal Melbourne hospital for the kidney dialysis that has kept him alive for the past three years. This time he will not be going.
Peter Martin Treasurer Scott Morrison has conceded that an increase in the GST is extremely unlikely, saying it means the May budget will have room for only small income tax cuts.
Peter Martin Of all the questionable claims in the tax debate, the biggest it's that it's been a debate.
Peter Martin and Nicole Hasham Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has all but ruled out a cut in income tax funded by an increase in the GST and has instead challenged state governments to impose land taxes in order to cut stamp duties.