More than 350 passionate young people from around Australia rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday, condemning mooted cuts to foreign aid spending.
Australians who commit a crime overseas unrelated to any terrorist or political cause could still trigger punitive new counter-terrorism laws overseen by the national spy agency, experts warn.
Palmer United senator Jacqui Lambie says the burqa must be banned from nation's streets so Muslim women's "body language" can be identified.
The Abbott government has appointed Peter Lewis - the man it chose to lead an efficiency review of the ABC - to the board of the public broadcaster.
Muslim women who wear the burqa into federal parliament will be banned from watching proceedings from regular public galleries and will be forced to sit in glass enclosures instead.
The company running the NBN should stop charging the same amounts for all Australians to access high-speed broadband, final cost-benefit analysis said.
The federal government has beaten a tactical retreat on welfare cuts in its budget in order to ring-fence nearly $4 billion in savings after it became clear it would lose its entire package of welfare changes worth in excess of $9 billion to the bottom line.
Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, prompting senior Liberal figures to distance themselves from the Prime Minister.
A land and sea search operation continues on Christmas Island for a Department of Immigration and Border Protection psychiatrist missing on the remote Island.
Iraq's ambassador says that an invitation from Baghdad for Australia to begin air strikes against the Islamic State group may still be a week away, in part because of a major Muslim holiday looming.