More than three-quarters of arbitrated unfair dismissal claims ultimately fail, indicating employers are perhaps not doing it so tough under workplace laws.
Australian women are waiting up to two years to have the surgery Angelina Jolie had to reduce her high chance of breast cancer, and doctors fear these waiting times could increase.
Australia has launched a bid to stop the commercial use of a controversial ''geoengineering'' technique that involves dumping iron into the ocean in a bid to counter the effects of man-made climate change.
Scientists have been surprised to learn that malaria parasites ''talk'' to each other. And the chatter is crucial to the parasite's survival and spread in humans.
Scientists have used caffeine to achieve a stem cell breakthrough that many researchers thought impossible but which could lead to new therapies for many crippling diseases.
Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public ''groin and buttocks'' searches, previously secret Defence documents reveal.
Budget time always reminds one of The Sound of Music.
The ABC will design news and current affairs shows for young people as part of a range of ideas made possible by $90 million of new government money.
When handing down last week's state budget, Victorian Treasurer Michael O'Brien claimed the September 14 federal election would be a "referendum" on the east-west road link. The state government promised to spend almost $300 million on the project; federal Coalition leader Tony Abbott $1.5 billion. The big question was, what would the federal Labor government do?