The battle for Barnaby Joyce's seat of New England is shaping as the most closely-watched contest of the next election, with rural independent Tony Windsor now more likely than not to mount a political comeback.
Peter Martin A sharp fall in national income has all but obliterated economic growth, pushing down income per head by the most since the GFC.
James Massola The Abbott government is close to releasing a shortlist of possible sites to host a nuclear waste dump, but has missed a self-imposed August deadline.
Gareth Hutchens A surprise 41.5 per cent jump in government spending on defence equipment helped Australia's economy grow by 0.2 per cent for the three months to June.If it wasn't for that spending the economy wouldn't have grown at all.
Heath Aston, political correspondent A cruise operator says government plans to allow foreign-crewed, foreign vessels to operate on the Australian coastline could threaten the Coalition's border security policy.
Sarah Whyte Solicitor-Generals for NSW and Queensland have defended the Northern Territory government's "paperless arrests" regime, arguing there was nothing wrong with officers being given the power to investigate, prosecute and then judge cases without a judicial process.
Tom Arup Big business will be afforded several ways to increase their greenhouse gas emissions without penalty under the second plank of the Abbott government's Direct Action climate change plan.
Sarah Whyte A PWC report estimates that 32,000 Indigenous Australians could avoid blindness if the government invests another $23 million.
Heath Aston, Gareth Hutchens Industry super funds have accused the Abbott government of quietly watering-down penalties designed to encourage employers to pay their workers' super on time.
Stephanie Peatling Outgoing Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick leaves her position warning the government not to wind back gains made by women.