The Australian government has been warned a $38 million medical aid project in Papua New Guinea could be used to foist deadly counterfeit drugs onto some of PNG's poorest villagers.
The youngest daughter of mining magnate Gina Rinehart wants to use her sister Bianca Rinehart's mental health issues - including an eating disorder from which she has since recovered - to show why she should not be trustee of a $5 billion family trust, in a twist in the bitter family saga.
Cocaine cartels have established bases in the south Pacific to conduct massive drug importations into Australia, according to a confidential federal police and US Drug Enforcement Administration inquiry.
Only months after an effusive Tony Abbott compared him to Jesus Christ, free-market think tank leader John Roskam has dumped on the government's direct-action policy and accused the Prime Minister of not being a true believer in the need for climate change action.
Millions of dollars in secret union slush funds, training schemes and members' dues are propping up Labor's dwindling union base, and bankrolling damaging factional battles for delegates to the ALP.
The family of a premature baby born in Brisbane will be allowed to stay in Australia for the time being after the federal government agreed to ensure they would receive ''a fair process'' before any decision was made to return them to Nauru.
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Leonie Hutchinson was only 18 months old when she disappeared from Scone in the Hunter Valley - but it took four years for anyone to notice she was gone.
Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell has been granted bail, the last of the Arctic 30 to leave detention in Russia on hooliganism charges.
Tony Abbott has refused to take a backward step in a deepening diplomatic spat with Beijing, declaring "China trades with us because it is in China's interest to trade with us".
WORLD: People around the world have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who has died, aged 95.