Anxious consumers have blamed the government as they close their wallets, deepening Joe Hockey's challenge of crafting a budget hit by plummeting iron ore revenue and by Tony Abbott's need for political recovery over budget repair.
Mark Kenny The prospect of a breakthrough on the contentious tax treatment of superannuation earnings has moved a step closer with Labor extending a rare offer of bipartisanship to a cash-strapped government.
Steve Holland West Australian Premier Colin Barnett appeared to have put his foot in it during a lecture in which he said disappearance of MH370 has proven a good thing for marine science.
James Massola The union official who began a push to expel Labor veteran Martin Ferguson from the ALP believes the official story of how the Twin Towers in New York were brought down on September 11, 2001 is a conspiracy that does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Matthew Knott The ANRA says the federal government policy review's recommendations would have a "chilling effect on competition".
Kate Aubusson Admiral Harry Harris' remarks have been described as alarmist and without foundation.
Richard Willingham The use of pre-paid credit cards to sign up people to the Labor Party is being investigated as part an internal inquiry into branch stacking in the Victorian ALP.
James Massola A sweeping review of the Defence Department has proposed "transformational change" of the sprawling organisation, the sale of real estate including 17 major sites worth up to $1.4 billion and the axing of between 1000 and 1650 public servants.
Nicole Hasham Mike Baird introduced new Liberal MPs to jubilant applause and then plunged the knife into NSW, in the sweetest way.
Beau Donelly The consumer watchdog has issued a warning to Easter holidaymakers about faulty gas cookers.