Senior Abbott government members are increasingly confident a deal to pass its direct action climate change policy will be reached before Christmas after Clive Palmer appeared to soften his party's hardline position on the scheme.
Crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has lambasted the Abbott government for a lack of political courage to confront marriage reform.
Premier Campbell Newman is picking up what Prime Minister Tony Abbott is putting down about reforming the federation.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb has hosed down fears the prices of medicines will increase with the signing of a trans-pacific trade deal, saying it was "not the intention or the outcome" of the impending 12-country agreement.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has issued a call to arms to state premiers to participate in a grown-up debate about reforming the Federation, the funding of health systems and the tax system in a Sir Henry Parkes commemorative address to be delivered on Saturday.
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Australian federal police are working with their Dutch, Belgian, Malaysian and Ukrainian counterparts to get to the bottom of the MH17 disaster and are expected to report back in the first half of next year.
Andy Zhang's arm is cased in skin-coloured bandages that mask the reality of the mangled flesh beneath.
Bill Shorten will reach out to the Christian Lobby in a speech in Canberra on Saturday, but the Opposition Leader will directly confront the group by declaring support for same-sex marriage.
Opponents fear the Medibank Private sale will put profits before patients.