Just five months out from a home World Cup campaign, Australia's stunning loss to Zimbabwe in the troubled African nation has raised questions about selection policies, team attitude and medical diagnosis.
Chris Dawes is set to miss the first round of 2015 while Ben Rutten has preserved – narrowly – his record of lasting his entire 12-year career without suspension.
The Abbott government has sent one asylum seeker back to Syria and several others back to Iraq, who were offered voluntary return packages last month.
The rate of rooftop solar connections set to fall to its lowest levels since 2009.
Underlining the potential for escalating confrontation, Hong Kong pro-democracy groups have vowed to ensure the city enters an “era of civil disobedience” in protest against proposed voting reforms imposed by the Chinese government that will ensure it retains tight control of election outcomes.
Melbourne is investigating a the costumes worn by two of its players at Mad Monday celebrations.
Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries in Kings Cross has declined since the city's 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.
Three men have been arrested, one of them reportedly an off-duty police officer, in a foiled robbery attempt at Cabramatta in Sydney's west.
Tony Abbott should be on the phone to Indonesia and Malaysia seeking help in Iraq.
Elite SAS soldiers will fly on the RAAF's Hercules transport planes to provide protection to the crew when they land in coming days in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to deliver arms and munitions.