Employment Minister Eric Abetz has refused to say whether he thinks the minimum wage is too high or whether employers should be allowed to set their own penalty rates.
Tony Abbott has signalled the government will not block an expected rise in private health insurance premiums, saying it is up to the market to set the price.
Clive Palmer has defended himself as the hardest working MP in Parliament after he attended barely more than half of the parliamentary sitting days in spring.
After returning to their electorate over the Christmas break Liberal MPs and senators became keenly aware that "the perception of the government isn't good".
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has ruled out selling the Malabar Headland, declaring the "cathedral of nature" will stay in public hands forever.
Penalty rates, the minimum wage and the workplace flexibility of 11.5 million Australian workers will come under the microscope in a sweeping review of the industrial relations system.
The Abbott government has ordered a sweeping review of the workplace rights, entitlements and "long-held work cultures" of 160,000 federal public servants.
Former coroner Mary Jerram says should the inquiries produce different findings, the coroner's word should be considered final, because the process was "independent and judicial". Nicole Hasham reports.
An international sporting corruption body says leading bookmakers have reduced maximum bet limits for the Asian Cup amid concerns some matches could be rigged.
The US government has admitted that former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks is innocent of terrorism charges.