The military has "no confirmation" that Islamic State jihadists fired upon an Australian plane delivering humanitarian aid in Iraq, says the federal government.
Russia says it will consider launching a trade retaliation after Australia slapped fresh sanctions on the Kremlin for its latest incursions into eastern Ukraine.
More than three months after Tony Abbott said asylum seekers would begin to be resettled in Papua New Guinea, the PNG government is still to decide on a resettlement policy.
The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants respectively "a death cult" and "an enemy of humanity".
A royal commission report into the former Rudd government's $2.8 billion home insulation program found a "litany of failures arising from a dysfunctional culture in the former administration", Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.
Psychologists say the federal government's school chaplain proposal lacks the evidence compared to existing programs.
George Brandis's former top public servant says the bureaucracy needs to broaden its advice.
The AFL has expressed support for same-sex couples being allowed to marry in a development advocates hope will help build momentum for marriage equality.
Treasurer Joe Hockey wants to take upon himself the power to set superannuation contributions, introducing a bill that would give him control over the rate rather than Parliament.
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.