A Customs vessel has intercepted an asylum seeker boat carrying about 65 people off Christmas Island.
Ford workers are "gutted" by the news that 440 jobs will go, as the argument over government support for the car industry continues.
The union representing public servants says it will spend $1.4 million on an advertising campaign against Queensland government cuts to jobs and services.
Prime Minster Julia Gillard says job losses at Ford could have run into thousands if the government hadn't struck an earlier deal with the car industry.
Victoria's Liberal premier expects Labor to hold the state seat of Melbourne in the by-election on Saturday.
Australia needs to prepare for a growing number of Chinese tourists, with visits up 17 per cent, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says a meeting of MPs and the expert panel on asylum seekers was constructive.
Newspoll chief Martin O'Shannessy says disappointing voters is "poisonous" for politicians seeking to win government.
More should be invested in attracting talented people to the teaching profession, the coalition's education spokesman Christopher Pyne says.
Industry Minister Greg Combet says the government will not be providing any additional funding for the car industry.
Origin Energy will charge market contract customers in line with the Queensland government's tariff 11 freeze.
Australian model Samantha Harris says 13 is not too young to start a modelling career, following a recent outcry over Dolly's competition winner.
Gillard's well-documented attempts to shut down the Wilson story could be described as emotional, hysterical and frantic.
The NSW government has announced that hundreds of jobs will go from the Office of Environment and Heritage, sparking fears for the state's national parks.
Clive Palmer still hasn't decided which federal seat he will choose to seek Liberal National Party (LNP) preselection.
The opposition says job cuts at Ford came at a bad time and promised to repeal the carbon tax, which they say puts more pressure on production in Australia.
Angus Houston's expert panel on asylum seekers will guide the nation to action, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.