Former foreign minister Bob Carr supports calls for bipartisanship on asylum seeker boat turnbacks.
Victorian prisoners are rioting at Ravenhall prison one day before a statewide prison smoking ban comes into force.
Resource export earnings are expected to have dropped 11 per cent in 2014/15, led by falls in iron ore and coal.

New Spartan plane for Air Force

The Air Force's new Battlefield Airlift Spartan C-27J will lend support in military operations and increase military reach.

Coles to refund $12m to suppliers

Independent arbiter Jeff Kennett has told Coles to refund more than $12 million to its suppliers
A man has pleaded guilty over the death of a dementia patient he assaulted in a Melbourne nursing home.
A Queensland Mental Health Commission report into systemic issues involving social housing clients with complex needs has been released.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has handed down proposals regarding NBN Co's relationship with Telstra.
US ambassador John Berry says Australia and his country need to win the hearts and minds of the next generation to stop extremism.
Treasurer Joe Hockey says negotiations have ensured the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has a sound governance structure.
Australia should be proud of its long history of leadership on gay rights and equality, United States ambassador John Berry believes.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she'll unveil 'responsible' post-2020 emissions-reduction targets ahead of the Paris climate change meeting in December.
Treasurer Joe Hockey does not believe he is cutting the budget too fast as to hurt economic growth.

Union warns travellers of strike

International travellers are being warned to expect delays as customs and immigration workers strike at airports and seaports.

July cyclone possible off Qld: BoM

Queensland could have its first July cyclone on record, if a low well off the state's northern coast intensifies.
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