Comments by a Liberal Senator linking terror raids with a campaign to ban the burqa have been described as "stupid and ignorant" and designed to "feed prejudice".
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says intelligence indicates people in Australia were allegedly planning a public beheading to be carried out in the name of militant group Islamic State.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has signalled he may not return to Arnhem Land after he farewells troops headed for the Middle East on Thursday and is briefed on the largest terrorism raids in Australia's history.
Labor is seeking clarification on how far the new anti-terrorism laws go, amid claims by a crossbench senator that they will open the door to torture.
Police say they have thwarted a ''serious act of violence'' after arresting 15 people and charging one in the wake of counter-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has ended his silence around the Abbott government's asylum seeker policy, revealing that 12 asylum seeker boats were turned back to Indonesia as part of Operation Sovereign Borders.
The third independent editorial audit of ABC content has found that the public broadcaster's local radio stations are in touch with the concerns of the community.
Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan says Australians approaching 50 years of age should have scheduled "career check-ups" just as they would have a regular health check-up, to prevent unemployment as they get older.
Former Liberal treasurer criticises the government's 2 per cent temporary deficit levy on high income earners, arguing it is essentially a political sweetener to secure spending cuts which have not materialised.
The federal government is considering fining social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter if they refuse to remove material deemed harmful to young people from their sites.