The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants respectively "a death cult" and "an enemy of humanity".
Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.
More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has taunted the opposition on national security saying the issue is an area of "strength" for the Coalition and added that Labor has "strapped itself" to the government on the issue.
The Senate has passed the mining tax repeal bill after the Abbott government reached a deal with the Palmer United Party to scrap the tax but keep the associated compensation.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has rounded on Liberal Premier Colin Barnett in a partyroom stoush on the amount of GST revenue Western Australia receives.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has ordered that no asylum seekers are to be sent to Manus Island, instead funnelling them to the small Pacific Island of Nauru.
Proposed changes to copyright law would mirror Labor's dumped internet filter and would not curb online piracy, the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has said.
Plans to use the Great Barrier Reef as a dumping site for 3 million cubic metres of dredged material from the ocean floor will be abandoned by a multinational consortium, the Australian Financial Review reports.
The military has "no confirmation" that Islamic State jihadists fired upon an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq, says the federal government.