Australia's $20 billion alternative energy sector has been plunged into fresh uncertainty after the federal government flagged further policy changes to reduce the reliance on wind and solar potentially leaving billions of dollars invested in the sector stranded or devalued.
Australia's ploy to play two spinners failed to reap a wicket on day one but Nathan Lyon and Stephen O'Keefe are set to play key roles in the first Test on Thursday.
More than a year after his election, Tony Abbott's signature paid parental leave policy has stalled with Treasury officials admitting in estimates hearings that no progress has been made with states on who is to pay for aspects of the controversial scheme. The admission suggests the policy, loathed by virtually every minister in cabinet according to senior figures, could be trimmed for a second time since the election to make it less objectionable to big business and less costly to a cash-strapped budget.
It was television news that changed the world, forced wealthy Western audiences in their living rooms to confront pitiful, starving African children and drove Irish rocker Bob Geldof on a quest to end poverty.
JUNIOR golfers enjoyed perfect conditions on the weekend at Naracoorte as they competed in the first of the fun and encouraging Sunday junior competitions.
STUDENTS from the Lucindale Martial Arts Academy took part in the Portland open border challenge on October 4.
GREENBOTTLES Hockey Club wound up their year with a scrumptious barbecue lunch in the paddock.
THE four matches in the opening weekend of Twenty20 senior cricket on Saturday were all won by four different teams.