Australia's $20 billion alternative energy sector has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the federal government flagged further policy changes to reduce the reliance on wind and solar potentially leaving billions of dollars invested in the sector stranded or devalued.
More than a year after his election, Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave policy has stalled with Treasury officials admitting in estimates hearings that no progress has been made with states on who is to pay for aspects of the controversial scheme. The admission suggests the policy, loathed by virtually every minister in cabinet according to senior figures, could be trimmed for a second time since the election to make it less objectionable to big business and less costly to a cash-strapped budget.
Kevin Rudd says the death of Gough Whitlam has left a "gap in his heart" as he paid tribute to the Labor legend as a "moderniser" and "democrastiser" who took on the faceless men "head on" to reform the ALP. Mr Rudd said he stood by his 2012 declaration that Mr Whitlam's 1975 dismissal was an "utterly" unconstitutional manoeuvre and that there was a "perfectly constitutional means by which to resolve that crisis".
It is the table that will bring together Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his diplomatic sparring partner, Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The controversy over the pay and conditions of Australia's 57,000 sailors, soldiers and Air Force personnel that has been raging for two weeks, continues.
Jacqui Lambie should resign from Parliament if she is not going to take her job seriously, government MP Craig Laundy says, following the Palmer United senator's warning that Ebola-infected "suicide agents" could attack Australia.
A Sydney restaurant owned by Tourism Minister Andrew Robb and his family is being promoted by a government-funded $40 million, 18-month Tourism Australia campaign that targets 17 key global markets to sell the Australian "foodie" experience to the world.
Australian intelligence agencies are examining the latest Islamic State video featuring a Sydney teenager amid suspicions that notorious extremist Mohamed Elomar might also appear in the footage.
The Abbott Government insists it stands ready to help regional neighbours combat any future Ebola outbreak, despite not having provided Ebola-specific training to its emergency medical teams.