Melbourne lawyer Jessie Smith went to the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana in 2007 to volunteer as a teacher. After six weeks, she decided to stay on.
Gillard government figures show federal funding for each university student will decline over the next four years in real terms, despite previous claims it would increase even with the new efficiency dividend taken into account.
Queensland police detained and then questioned a NSW detective who desperately tried to save the prime suspect in the Kate Malonyay murder investigation from jumping to his death from a hotel balcony.
Melbourne has again dominated Australia's population growth, adding 77,242 people in 2011-12 to reach mid-2012 with a population of almost 4.25 million.
Retailers and hospitality employers are planning a post-election push for a relaxation of penalty rates after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott signalled potential support for such cases in the workplace tribunal.
Negatively geared property investors lost an astonishing $13.2 billion in 2010-11, up from $10.1 billion the year before.
Up to 10,000 unionists have brought the Melbourne CBD to a standstill in a protest against construction company Grocon.
An Australian doctor who worked at the Manus Island detention centre has said the experience made him "ashamed to be an Australian".