Labor's primary vote is improving, the latest Newspoll suggests, but the government is still well behind the opposition on a two-party preferred basis.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill says a revised draft plan to save the Murray still isn't good enough.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has rejected the need for more media regulation, accusing the federal government of wanting to stifle debate.
The head of Victoria's peak horse racing body says an alleged race-fixing incident being investigated by police is a one-off.
Whistleblower Ralph Blewitt is safely in the arms of The Australian newspaper while he awaits an assurance of indemnity from prosecution by police.
Australian taxpayers have stumped out almost $70 million over 11 months to shuttle illegal asylum seekers around the country, a TV station says.
HMAS Albany has stopped a vessel carrying 64 asylum seekers and four crew en route to Australia.
Police wanted to prosecute Prime Minister Julia Gillard's former partner over an alleged $400,000 union fraud in the 1990s, it's been reported
Accused smuggling boss Captain Emad has had his visa cancelled and won't be able to return to Australia.
Acting prime minister Wayne Swan says there are 'no significant implications' in a story about Julia Gillard and an Australian Workers Union official.
Federal Workplace Minister Bill Shorten has denied swearing and abusing a Melbourne shopkeeper over remarks about pies and the prime minister.
Slater & Gordon is seeking to activate a guarantee of indemnity
West Australian Labor leader Mark McGowan says temporary protection visas for asylum seekers should be reintroduced.
Businesses are still worried about industrial relations laws, which they say are hindering their competitiveness.