The Productivity Commission has recommended the free import of books, the free use of copyrighted material and much tighter restrictions on the granting and use of patents, under sweeping reforms it says could save consumers up to $1 billion per a year.
Richard Willingham Live online betting during sports will remain illegal and loopholes being exploited by bookmakers will be closed, the Turnbull government has said, in a blow to bookmakers and major sports.
James Massola, Peter Martin Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will scrap what he calls blank cheques for state and local government infrastructure projects and announce a ramp-up of debt to fund major projects on the condition state and local authorities can rigorously demonstrate their economic benefits.
Nicole Hasham The Australian government may share liability for more than $1 billion in compensation claims by people illegally detained at the Manus Island detention centre, as it scrambles to prevent the collapse of a key plank in its offshore detention policy.
James Massola Tony Abbott appears to have put his leadership ambitions on the political backburner, with the former prime minister declaring he doesn't expect the Liberal Party return to the Abbott era.
Chris Johnson That the Japanese are not at all pleased over losing the $50 billion contract for Australia's new submarine fleet is a given.
James Massola Four MPs in the party's Left faction break ranks, calling for the 900 asylum seekers on Manus Island to be brought to Australia.
Adam Morton Malcolm Turnbull has used a memorial service for the victims of the Port Arthur massacre to promise to defend Australia's gun laws.
Nicole Hasham The Australian government took 24 hours to medically evacuate an Iranian refugee who set himself alight on Wednesday, despite Immigration Minister Peter Dutton warning the man's outlook was "not good at all".
Fergus Hunter Mr Turnbull was in Tasmania on Thursday when he revealed another side of himself.
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“I APPEAL to the court to find justice for my brother.”
Steven Bruce Congdon sentenced to two years, three months jail for role in drug operation.
One match in and the new-look Griffith Swans have produced some high-scoring, free-flowing football but director of coaching ...
Leukaemia is something you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy, let alone a student in year two.
LAURA Jayne Zandona graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five Years) in December.
The Area News editor Monique Patterson was given a tour of the former site of the newspaper by ...