Anti-gambling campaigners have condemned Labor's decision to support the scrapping of its poker machine reforms.
The federal government has approved several massive resource projects on the Great Barrier Reef coast, including the dredging and dumping of sludge near the reef and a new coal export terminal.
The Victorian government has attacked its federal Coalition counterpart for cutting $500 million in assistance to the car industry, saying Tony Abbott should reinstate the money.
The Abbott government has raised the already intense pressure on Holden, with the acting Prime Minister urging the car maker's boss to "immediately" say whether the company will stay in Australia.
The Abbott government is asking childcare providers to ''do the right thing'' and hand back $62.5 million given to them to improve wages in the poorly paid sector.
Labor will support Coalition moves to repeal its poker machine reforms.
Australia is in the box seat to crack the US sugar market, leaked trade documents show. But, in return, it may have to allow US companies to sue Australian governments in international tribunals, a concession it has not been willing to make until now.
The union representing Australia's auto workers has written to Prime Minster Tony Abbott, warning him Holden will not hold off on plans to shut down car building in Australia until March.
Holden managing director Mike Devereux has rejected speculation the company has already decided to leave Australia.
There's an old saying: while the cat's away the mice will scamper about and make a bucket of mischief.