Victims of institutional child abuse may not have to go through courts to get justice under a proposal put forward by the state government.
Federal minister Christopher Pyne says anonymous MPs who think former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop should retire from politics need to tell her so to her face.

Machines to bore Melb rail tunnel

Melbourne's $11 billion Metro Rail project will use tunnel boring machines to dig under the Yarra River.
Melbourne gangland matriarch Judy Moran is expected to appeal her conviction and 26-year murder sentence for the killing of her brother-in-law.
Indigenous leader Warren Mundine wants AFL teams to perform a traditional Aboriginal war dance before matches.

Robb accuses Alan Jones of racism

Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the scare campaign against the China-Australia free trade agreement and foreign agricultural investment is racist.
Ceduna, in South Australia, will be the first to sign up to a trial of the controversial cashless welfare card.
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A recent appeal for public help has shed new light on the life of a boy police suspect was murdered on the Gold Coast five years ago.
New national testing results of school students show there's been little improvement in their skills over the past seven years.
A third man has been charged with kidnapping Piggie the echidna from a Gold Coast sanctuary.
A persistent ash cloud continues to wreak havoc on holiday makers trying to get in and out of Bali, with airlines cancelling flights.
Tony Burke insists he is not being accused of any wrongdoing amid allegations over his entitlements.
A man has been charged after allegedly selling a woman $60,000 worth of gold items that turned out to be fake.

Race for Speaker remains open

Ahead of a vote on a new Speaker of the House of Representatives, some argue female coalition MPs should step up.
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