Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he did not "backflip" when reversing his freeze on protection visas for asylum seekers, arguing the regulation was no longer necessary because he has since introduced stronger rules.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she did not visit sites where single male asylum seekers are held on Nauru because she was advised it could disrupt the peace.
An adoption expert has questioned why Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set up a new group to report on intercountry adoptions just weeks after he disbanded another advisory body on the issue.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has just hours to meet his self-imposed deadline to make a decision on whether the government will send a patrol ship to the Southern Ocean whaling area, but has confirmed his backing for a patrol.
Critics of sweeping electronic surveillance programs are stepping up pressure on the federal government to introduce stricter safeguards.
Julie Bishop under fire for praising conditions for asylum seekers held on Nauru after it was claimed she visited only staff housing, not the detainees' tent accommodation.
Refugee lawyers who helped defeat the Gillard government's Malaysia Solution are challenging Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's cap on protection visas in the High Court.
NATIONAL: This war story ends with a love story, or quite a few love stories.
A Lismore Catholic priest who sexually abused children was ordered by the Vatican to “live a life of prayer and penance” and say a Mass every Friday for his victims, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told.
The leaders of the national representative body for indigenous people have vowed to continue as a ‘‘fearless’’ voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, despite the Abbott Government indicating it is likely to cut its funding.