Treasurer Joe Hockey says G20 finance ministers are 90 per cent of the way towards meeting a 2 per cent target for additional global growth, with more than 900 policy initiatives agreed to on the weekend that will make the world economy $2 trillion larger over four years.
Bob Carr has suggested Julia Gillard's claim that he was a “lazy” foreign minister for Labor could be payback for his decision to support her leadership rival Kevin Rudd. And Mr Carr has denied he ever admitted he struggled to keep up with demands of modern politics because he was more settled into his retirement than he realised.
Security has been increased in the ministerial wing of Parliament House.
Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production surged to a record-breaking 36 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, pushing emissions to their highest level in human history.
Jon Stanhope, former ACT Chief Minister, will be replaced as administrator of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands by another former MP.
Cracks have emerged in the bipartisan political response to the rising terrorist threat, with concern inside Labor at the extent and practicality of enhanced powers the federal government plans to grant security agencies.
Clive Palmer has distanced his party from incendiary statements on the burqa and sharia law by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie.
Former Prime Minister John Howard says he "couldn't believe it" when it was revealed that Saddam Hussein did not possess any weapons capable of mass destruction.
The sentencing of former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper is expected to begin today.
A high-profile news TV program is among many shows at risk of not returning due to funding cuts.