The Australian government would sell the right to immigrate to Australia - with migrants no longer accepted based on their skills or family connections - under radical proposals being examined by the government's independent think tank.
Deborah Snow The Productivity Commission's examination of a fees-based migrant entry system, in place of the current emphasis on skills and family reunion, will light up yet another hot button on the federal government's policy dashboard.
Louise Hall The son of one of Australia's richest men and a leading biomedical research institute are embroiled in a legal battle over the estate of the late Sydney socialite Virginia Kahlbetzer.
Rachel Olding Recent violent courtroom incidents have prompted police to renew calls for being allowed to carry arms in courthouses.
Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie Tony Abbott acted against the direct advice of the Defence department when he talked up the possibility that Japan should win the $20 billion "Future Submarines" contract.
Marc Moncrief It's a classic case of a honey trap. You buy in to a cut-rate electricity contract for a fixed term, thinking you've got a great deal. Then, once you're locked in, the electricity company hikes up the prices.
Eryk Bagshaw Research suggests teachers do not have the tools or resources readily available to them to address mental health concerns among students.
Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens A former Treasury official believes the Abbott government ought to be "war gaming" a scenario in which it is forced to use its budget to stave off recession.
Nicky Phillips On May 4, International Star Wars Day, you can expect to see legions of people dressed as stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters participating in "May the fourth be with you"-themed events.
Amy Corderoy A 20-year-old woman has developed carbon monoxide poisoning after smoking a hookah waterpipe, leading doctors to warn that smoking the traditional pipes could be dangerous.
WITH wild weather set to continue, authorities have two words for the Mid-North Coast: bunker down.