Opposition leader Tony Abbott won't talk about specifics but maintains US officials are concerned about Australia's lower defence spending.
The NSW government says it will contribute $35 million towards a trial of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The move to close the Caltex oil refinery in Sydney was two years in the making, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell says.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has welcomed fresh bids by NSW and Victoria to host National Disability Insurance Scheme trial sites.
Labor minister backs Prime Minister Julia Gillard and scuttles ongoing speculation their colleagues are moving to re-install Kevin Rudd.
Queensland Rail bonuses will only be paid where they are required under contracts set up by Labor, the transport minister says.
Australia will lead the final diplomatic push at the UN for a treaty to restrict sales of guns and weapons around the world.
The coalition is aiming to cripple the Labor Party at the next federal election by running well-resourced candidates against potential Labor leaders.
The NSW opposition has called on the O'Farrell government to put an end to illegal logging and protect forests.
Authorities have intercepted a boat carrying a suspected 52 asylum seekers off the West Australian coast on Thursday.
Retiring MP Harry Jenkins says he resigned as Speaker because he was worried about Labor's numbers, not because he was pushed.
Tasmanian disability advocates have popped champagne on the lawns outside parliament to celebrate the state's NDIS trial.
West Australian premier Colin Barnett says state-owned enterprises are the only Chinese firms large enough to invest in Australia.
Colin Barnett's push to change the GST carve-up is very reasonable, opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says.
A deal to trial the National Disability Insurance Scheme in NSW and Victoria is making progress, says Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
ACTU president Ged Kearney has renewed a call for a long-term strategy to keep the car industry afloat in Australia after the loss of another 119 jobs.
The Australian Workers Union will meet with its members to assess the implications of Caltex's decision to close its Kurnell refinery in Sydney's south.
Resources Minister Martin Ferguson says the closure of Caltex's oil refinery in Sydney will not jeopardise energy supplies.
Okay, he isn't the sort of bloke blokes gravitate to. You wouldn't go out on the town with him for a bit of pollinating.