The Abbott government has appointed Peter Lewis - the man it chose to lead an efficiency review of the ABC - to the board of the public broadcaster.
Muslim women who wear the burqa into federal parliament will be banned from watching proceedings from regular public galleries and will be forced to sit in glass enclosures instead.
The company running the NBN should stop charging the same amounts for all Australians to access high-speed broadband, final cost-benefit analysis said.
The seals are officially out to play.
A day after her aunt, Dame Marie Bashir, was farewelled as NSW Governor, Sydney barrister Gabrielle Bashir has been appointed to the prestigious ranks of senior counsel.
Two people have died in a crash on the NSW south coast on Thursday morning.
The federal government has beaten a tactical retreat on welfare cuts in its budget in order to ring-fence nearly $4 billion in savings after it became clear it would lose its entire package of welfare changes worth in excess of $9 billion to the bottom line.
Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, prompting senior Liberal figures to distance themselves from the Prime Minister.
A land and sea search operation continues on Christmas Island for a Department of Immigration and Border Protection psychiatrist missing on the remote Island.
The worst-kept secret in Australian showbiz has been confirmed, with the announcement that the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film will be shot in the state in 2015.