- Senate opens inquiry into Newman Government
Queensland's Government will be the subject of an unprecedented federal inquiry after a deal between the Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens.
Clive Palmer has been engaged in a bitter and long-running personal feud with Premier Campbell Newman and has now been given a significant weapon to use against him.
It is a loss for the Federal Government which had successfully seen off a previous attempt to establish the inquiry, arguing it was without legal precedent and overrides parliamentary convention.
The select committee, which will consist of five members but only one from the Coalition, has a reporting date or on or before March 27 next year, very close to the date of the next Queensland election.
- Lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach
US lawmakers have scolded the head of the US Secret Service over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and director Julia Pierson has promised them it will never happen again.
- Network costs and confusing fees add to power bill pain
Consumers are being slugged with rising electricity bills boosted by big network costs and confusing fees from energy retailers, according to a new report.
- Hong Kong protests to escalate on China's National Day
Protests in Hong Kong may spread to other districts on Wednesday with more people expected to join the pro-democracy rally on China's national public holiday.
- Axing ABC shows would be lazy: Turnbull
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no need for the ABC to make cuts to programming in response to funding losses.
- Kurds backed by air strikes reclaim territory from IS
Kurdish peshmerga troops backed by warplanes have made advances against the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq, reclaiming land they lost to the jihadists in recent months.
- Olympic champion Michael Phelps arrested for DUI
Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
- Driver, guard escape injury after Sydney train fire
A driver and a guard have escaped serious injury after an explosion tore through an empty passenger train in Sydney's south-west.
- MPs demand inquiry into sex abuse claims on Nauru
Labor and the Greens are demanding an investigation into claims of sexual abuse against women and children inside the Nauru detention centre.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said women inside the centre were regularly required to strip and exchange sexual favours with guards so they could have access to the showers.
She said there were also allegations children had been forced to have sex in front of guards at the centre.
It comes as refugees living on Nauru have vowed to continue to protest against the Australian Government's $40 million resettlement deal with Cambodia.
- Mum of epileptic boy backs calls for cannabis rethink
A mother whose 10-year-old son suffers from a rare form of epilepsy has backed a de-registered doctor's drive to treat the condition with medical cannabis.
- Bank accounts shut down 'as part of ASIO crackdown'
A well-known charity group raising money for humanitarian aid in Syria has been caught up in the crackdown on money leaving Australia for the Middle East.