Right-wing figures said the proposal to install Philip Ruddock as president of the NSW branch would be a stitch-up.
Malcolm Turnbull has softened his rhetoric on China, Australia's largest trading partner, as Australia seeks closer defence ties with its strategic rival Japan.
A Turnbull government plan to dump 2600 Olympic swimming pools of rubble in Alpine lakes will wreak "catastrophic" damage on Australia's most important river system if it goes awry, experts and environmentalists have warned.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says he is "disgusted" that Labor MP Susan Lamb is being pursued over dual citizenship concerns despite her difficult personal circumstances.
A Turnbull government minister believes the date of Australia Day should change - but only when the country finally breaks ties with the British monarchy and becomes a republic.
A majority of voters would not mind if Australia Day was shifted to a different date and most don't know why it's currently held on January 26.
The agency will pay moving costs for staff up to $55,000, but will claw back the money for every month after they've left the agency within two years of moving to Armidale.
Former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally has put her hand up for the Senate spot left vacant by disgraced senator Sam Dastyari.
Consumers will be slugged with an average 4 per cent rise in private health insurance premiums this year despite major Turnbull government reforms designed to rein in costs.
Ten thousand students will miss out on government funding for university this year, peak body Universities Australia says, as the sector looks to accommodate $2.2 billion in funding cuts by the Turnbull government.