Customers of Medibank Private will be free to use hospitals run by Calvary Health Care after agreement over a new contract
John Garnaut, Asia-Pacific editor China has won the first round of its contest for control in the South China Sea by completing construction of an archipelago of artificial islands which will enable it to further project its military power.
Lucy Cormack Former independent MP Tony Windsor has slammed a bungled government operation that would have seen people stopped for passport checks on the streets of Melbourne, telling ABC radio he had no doubt that some in the Abbott government "hope that something goes wrong domestically."
Cameron Atfield Queensland Labor's rise from just seven state MPs to once again holding government within three years has been lauded by federal Labor leader Bill Shorten in his quest to similarly topple a conservative government after just one term.
Lisa Cox The Australian Council of Trade Unions has shifted its attention to the counsel assisting the royal commission into trade unions and what role he played in the Dyson Heydon controversy.
Adam Gartrell Tony Abbott's rush to join air strikes in Syria appears politically rather than strategically motivated, Middle East expert says.
Adam Gartrell Flag costs detailed after $1.8 million blowout in hotel and taxi bills for the summit revealed.
Jacob Saulwick Tony Abbott has denied his office had any knowledge of the cancelled Australian Border Force operation in Melbourne.
Nicole Hasham The Abbott government is under pressure to explain why the Australian Border Force ruined a complex police-led operation in Melbourne by implying people would be randomly stopped for visa checks.
Sarah Whyte and Fergus Hunter Progress has been made in smoking and Indigenous birthweights, but not in reading rates and employment.