While the government has been determined to stop the boats, it seems it is not so keen to stop an illicit product responsible for thousands of overdoses.
Michael Bachelard When David Stephens' elderly mother Jyl fell in December, it seemed to be the start of a new family tradition.
Kate Aubusson Two Sydney tobacconist owners have been slapped with a record $72,000 fine for selling cigarettes in packages without health warnings.
Fergus Hunter Chinese government will curb supplies of refined petroleum products to the rogue state from October.
Goya Dmytryshchak Tens of thousands of marriage equality supporters kicked off a doorknocking and SMS campaign this weekend.
Fergus Hunter, Eryk Bagshaw A little-known visa category facing accusations of systematic abuse needs to be urgently safeguarded by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, the Labor Party has said, expressing concern that subclass 400 visas are being used as a "back door" to undermine the government's foreign labour crackdown.
Fergus Hunter The mayor of the newly formed Inner West council will move to have free weddings for all same-sex couples in the suburbs under his control should gay marriage be legalised later this year.
Peter Hannam There's liquid gold in those hills in the form of pumped storage potential - but not necessarily in the Snowy mountains.
Latika Bourke Forecasters are expecting the number of Australian tourists visiting London to increase by 39 per cent by 2025 with initial data suggesting the recent spate of terror attacks will not have any lasting effect in deterring visitors to the city.
Pallavi Singhal More than 20,000 Australians expected to fly to Bali in the next two weeks could be left stranded on the island if the Mount Agung volcano, which is on high alert, erupts.