Woolworths has cancelled a ''critically important'' meeting between Australian farmers and 40 international buyers, the growers' peak body claims, in retaliation for their public protest against being made to pay for a campaign starring Jamie Oliver.
The former Australian Workers Union official Bruce Wilson took to the stand at the royal commission into trade unions and denied a slush fund he established had issued sham invoices or that he gave wads of cash to his former girlfriend, Julia Gillard, for her home renovations.
Young job seekers forced to wait six months for unemployment benefits will be required to apply for 40 jobs a month, despite not receiving any payments.
The US President praises Australia's closeness to America as Tony Abbott visits the White House.
The Abbott government will consider legal action to recoup more than $40 million wasted on Australia's futile bid to host the 2022 football World Cup, won by oil-rich Qatar on the back of alleged systematic bribery.
The national children's counselling service failed to answer 40 per cent of calls and emails last year, as young people increasingly struggle with suicidal thoughts and self harm.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is aware of the storm of protest surrounding Woolworth's moves to charge farmers for its latest fresh food campaign.
Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson, a former officer in the Australian Army tasked with training the Iraqi Army throughout the 2007 surge, has described the takeover of Iraqi towns by al-Qaeda affiliated militants as a great tragedy for the Iraqi people.
A sea of high-vis workwear swamped Melbourne's CBD on Thursday as several thousand protesters joined to march against the Abbott government's budget.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has lashed out at critics of his first budget, saying claims his policies are ''unfair'' were reminiscent of ''class warfare'' from the 1970s.