Cabinet ministers and top public servants will have to personally sign off on airfares and hotel bookings for tens of thousands of federal bureaucrats as Tony Abbott cracks down on travel costs.
As most Australians were sleeping, Alan Wright and Joel Player were celebrating history with the nation's first same-sex wedding ceremonies held at one minute past midnight in Canberra.
Divisions within the federal government over the future of the Australian automotive industry appear to be deepening, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott criticised for sending mixed messages to Holden as it considers pulling out of Australia.
The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered cabinet ministers and top public servants to personally approve the airfares and hotel bookings of tens of thousands of bureaucrats as part of a crackdown on government travel costs.
The fact that a group of asylum seekers reached Christmas Island undetected by border protection authorities was a surprise, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said - but it should not be ''overdramatised''.
Pilloried by the press and hounded by Joe Hockey, former treasurer Wayne Swan will finally tell his story, including how Labor came to power, how its run ended, and what it was like framing six federal budgets during the most trying economic conditions in 75 years.
Divisions within the federal government over the future of the motor industry appear to be deepening after Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticised for sending mixed messages to Holden as it considers pulling out of Australia.
Indonesia believes that Australia has signed up to a “no further espionage” future, while Prime Minister Tony Abbott is adamant that Australia will continue to collect intelligence on its neighbour.
Unlike in the United States and United Kingdom, Australia's national flag on Parliament House remained at full mast on Friday.
Former federal police commissioner Mick Keelty has criticised "lax" and "complacent" practices with the Australian Electoral Commission in concluding the fate of 1370 missing Western Australian Senate votes may never be known.
WORLD: People around the world have paid tribute to Nelson Mandela, who has died, aged 95.
The silly season kicked off in fine style at the Bombala Railway on Saturday
The community petition has been handed over and Council has committed to improving our town's water quality
Former local Denis Reid will take on Big Jack Mt on foot to raise funds for MS