Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has avoided jail time for fraudulently using travel entitlements.
An 18-year-old man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police and two policemen have been stabbed in Melbourne's outer south-east.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese will be formally appointed his party's official spokesman on Cities, as the opposition moves to tackle the phenomenon of "drive in-drive out" suburbs and assert role for federal politics in urban policy.
Barack Obama has called on the developed nations such as Australia and developing giants such as India and China to lift their games on cutting emissions - declaring "nobody can stand on the sidelines anymore on the issue of global warming.
The public is being urged to remain calm after the federal government confirmed a "known terror suspect" was shot dead in outer Melbourne last night.
Most Americans did not even know that the Khorasan Group existed, let alone of its alleged plans to blow up Western passenger aircraft with explosive clothes, before a volley of US Navy Tomahawk missiles hit the group in Syria on Tuesday night.
Federal Liberal MP Craig Kelly says Monday night's Q&A program broadcast by the ABC was so biased and divisive it could be used by Islamic State recruiters as propaganda to recruit disaffected young Muslims in Australia.
Chief minister Katy Gallagher cut Queensland premier Campbell Newman down to size at his first COAG meeting after being elected premier, in an anecdote from former prime minister Julia Gillard's new memoir.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Tuesday night's "nasty incident" in which a "known terror suspect" was shot dead by police who the man had stabbed, shows there are people in Australia who are "capable of very extreme acts".
Spy agency ASIO will be given the power to monitor the entire Australian internet and journalists' ability to write about national security will be curtailed when new legislation – expected to pass in the Senate as early as Wednesday – becomes law, academics, lawyers, the Greens party and rights groups fear.