Billionaire retailer Gerry Harvey says it is "morally wrong" for a company to avoid paying tax in its home country.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has appeared to back a ban on the burqa being worn in Parliament House but at the same time said no-one has ever sought to enter the building "so attired".
Unions are campaigning against a proposal to abolish the requirement for employers to advertise jobs before filling them with overseas workers on 457 visas.
Experts say negative gearing is having a greater impact on Australia's rapidly rising house prices than Chinese investment.
A move within the Abbott cabinet to establish a homeland security super-ministry drawing together several major departments and functions looks to have been scuttled because senior figures viewed it as an attempt by backers of Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to elevate him to future leader status.
New laws set to be passed by Canberra this week will make it a crime for the media or anyone else to disclose the death of an innocent bystander caught up in a bungled covert spy agency operation, the government’s dumped Independent National Security Legislation Monitor has warned.
RAAF planes will on Wednesday start flying missions over Iraq to support coalition aircraft in a deepening of Australia's military involvement in the campaign against the Islamic State terror group.
Former intelligence whistleblower turned federal MP Andrew Wilkie has accused the federal government of exploiting fears about terrorism to rush through new national security laws that push Australia towards a "police state".
The face of the Australian Federal Police in recent times, Andrew Colvin, has been appointed the new Commissioner of the organisation.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has called on Tony Abbott to show leadership and tackle head on the socially divisive views of some of his backbench MPs.