A refugee's visa application would be fast-tracked if they paid a potential $19,000 fee and their family in Australia promised to cover health and welfare costs, under proposals the Abbott government is weighing to cut refugee costs.
Noel Towell New report shows public servants are the unsung heroes in the battle against corruption. But there's an emerging risk.
Peter Martin The giant Trans-Pacific trade talks were in danger of breaking up without agreement as the United States withdrew an offer it had previously made to Australia on dairy access and gave no ground on sugar.
Chloe Booker Violent scenes have erupted between protesters and police at Christopher Pyne's book launch in Melbourne's Docklands.
Russell Jackson SANZAR has taken the unusual step of appealing Michael Hooper's one-week suspension, putting the Wallabies flanker at risk of missing the Bledisloe Cup opener.
Jesse Hogan England face a conundrum on who to select in place of Jimmy Anderson next week after the swing bowler was ruled out due to a side strain for next week's Ashes match at his best Test ground: Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Chris Roots They make them tough down in the Riverina. Chris Wilson, the clerk of the course at Wagga trots, and his horse have continued to work after being fortunate to escape serious injury when the mobile clattered into the fence in the back straight on Friday.
David Polkinghorne It took until Canberra's very last race of the season to decide the trainers' premiership on Friday.
Mark Kenny Tony Abbott has broken several days of radio silence to comment directly on the crisis surrounding his hand-picked Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop as marginal seat MPs admit they are becoming increasingly frustrated.
David Polkinghorne It's time for the AFL to take a stance of its own and call off games if the moronic boo brigade continues.