One of India's largest IT companies has been accused of misusing 457 visas to bring foreign workers into Australia.
Tata Consultancy Services has IT contracts with some of the nation's largest companies, including Qantas, Woolworths, Telstra and AGL.
Current and former employees of TCS say the company relies on foreign workers, even in areas where there are no skills shortages.
730 understands that most of the TCS staff working at Qantas are in Australia on 457 visas.
Several asylum seeker families have been moved off Manus Island in what the ABC understands signals the end of family groups being detained there.
A group of 70 people, including some single men, have been flown to Christmas Island.
The ABC understands the Government has decided it is inappropriate to keep families on Manus Island.
The single men being removed will be replaced by others under a new rotation policy aimed at sending more people to Manus Island in line with the Government's no advantage principle.
One of the academic rebels who wrote the first manifesto against the White Australia Policy says the country has changed "immeasurably for the better" in terms of race relations.
Australia's dollar and share market have plunged on the back of weakness in China's economy and signs the US central bank may start scaling back its stimulus program.
The US Federal Reserve announcement overnight buoyed interest in the US dollar but sent the Australian dollar down two cents.
A key report then revealed China's manufacturing sectors slowing, sparking a number of banks to downgrade their growth outlooks for Australia's biggest iron ore customer.
The figures helped push the dollar down further to a 33-month low, and around 5pm (AEST) it was trading at 92.3 US cents.
The New South Wales Parliament has passed new laws covering childcare centres and vaccination.
Grey nomads have joined a man in his 70s who has a passion to revive a remote, and once thriving, outback town.
A bill recognising same-sex marriages overseas has been overwhelmingly voted down in the Senate, with Government and Opposition senators crossing the floor to vote.
Last year the Senate voted down the bill, aimed at recognising the marriages of gay and lesbian Australians who have been wed overseas.
The Coalition, which officially opposes gay marriage, labelled today's bill as a backdoor way of reigniting the debate.
Ten Labor senators, including a number of ministers, voted against it and Liberal-National Senator Sue Boyce crossed the floor on the vote.
The radio station at the centre of the royal prank call that led to the suicide of a nurse at a UK hospital is trying to block further investigation of its actions.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) says Sydney radio station 2Day FM has applied to the Federal Court for an order to stop ACMA's investigation into the 2012 call.
DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian rang the London hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge for morning sickness last December, pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles.
Nurse Jacintha Saldhana passed the call through to the ward and, after enormous publicity about the call, took her own life.