Lateline will remain on air next year, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has said privately, despite speculation the current affairs program would be axed.
The appointment of Andrew Colvin as the next Australian Federal Police commissioner could be seen as keeping the ship steady at a time when the nation's terror alert has been raised.
Australia's new federal police chief says low-tech terrorism, which can be incited from across the world, makes the Islamic State era a new kind of threat that will take years to stamp out.
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Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, prompting senior Liberal figures to distance themselves from the Prime Minister.
The new administrator of Christmas Island Barry Haase has one message to the asylum seekers being held on the remote island's detention centre: it is your fault for getting on a leaky boat.
Members of Canberra's Islamic community have panned talk of a burqa ban at Parliament House as discriminatory.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has confirmed the government is searching for additional savings ahead of the mid-year economic update, but dismissed reports the government has given up $30 billion in savings contained in its budget.
The government's spokesperson on Multicultural Affairs says the burqa debate has become a "distraction" from the real debate we should be having on the terror threat, but has also lamented that Muslim women are being targeted over what they wear.
Billionaire retailer Gerry Harvey says it is "morally wrong" for a company to avoid paying tax in its home country.