Gay couples will enjoy free venue hire in the City of Sydney once same-sex marriage is legalised, in a provocative move that will outrage conservatives.
Michael Koziol The Australian government will pay up to $250 million a year in services even after the regional processing centre closes next week.
Fergus Hunter Up to $300 billion in government spending will come under scrutiny as state and territory leaders consider a "refresh" of the Closing the Gap strategy to reduce Indigenous disadvantage in Australia.
Adam Gartrell One of Bill Shorten's closest advisers has quit over a blackface costume controversy.
Mathew Dunckley, James Massola Protecting the National Broadband Network from private sector competition would be a "disastrous" move that would inflict higher internet costs on households, according to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims.
Eryk Bagshaw, Jackson Peck An image and health obsessed Australia has provided a jobs boon for fitness instructors and beauty therapists.
Stephanie Peatling Politicians and bureacrats are in the spotlight as they face Parliament's powerful estimates' committees.
Eryk Bagshaw, Peter Martin An image and health obsessed Australia has provided a jobs boon for fitness instructors and beauty therapists.
Tom McIlroy The manual was lost by a company involved in security upgrades at Parliament House.
Doug Dingwall The department's secretary-designate defended against claims it would be a 'sinister behemoth'.