The Abbott government has finally delivered on a key election promise and repealed the mining tax after striking a compromise with the Palmer United Party, but at a $6.5 billion hit over four years to the budget bottom line.
Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra blasts as "unfair" international calls to tighten the country's border with Syria to stem the flow of foreign jihadists.
The mining tax has been repealed after the Abbott government reached a deal with the Palmer United Party to scrap the tax but keep the associated compensation.
Clive Palmer has signalled he will support restoring temporary protection visas only if the Abbott government removes asylum seeker children from Christmas Island and Nauru.
The construction workers union directed all staff and officials to clean out their emails despite it being issued with an order to produce electronic documents to the royal commission into union corruption.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has rounded on Liberal Premier Colin Barnett in a partyroom stoush on the amount of GST revenue Western Australia receives.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that was initiated by former prime minister Julia Gillard has been extended for another two years by the Coalition.
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.