A trip to Iran by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be valuable in terms of tackling Islamic State, say Defence chiefs.
Tony Abbott says Australians want local industries to grow and exporting halal-certified goods to Muslim countries is part of that.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says Treasurer Joe Hockey will be a hypocrite if he proceeds with a bank tax.
Transport Minister Warren Truss will announce stronger cockpit safety requirements for Australian domestic and international airlines.
Almost 10,000 Islamic State extremist fighters have been killed in Iraq, as Australia prepares for the second phase of its mission.
Major General Andrew Bottrell will replace Lieutenant General Angus Campbell as Operation Sovereign Borders commander.

Concerns over medicinal cannabis use

A parliamentary inquiry has heard palliative care experts are not convinced draft laws legalising medicinal cannabis are in patients' best interests.
The Noongar community of Western Australia's south-west has voted in favour of a $1.3 billion native title deal.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has released his much-awaited tax paper, but what does that mean to the average Australian?
The federal government is reluctant to take the lead on GST reform but wants to put it on the dinner table for conversation.
When Shane Warne alluded to getting hammered at the conclusion of the World Cup, he probably wasn't expecting to on Twitter.
NSW Premier Mike Baird is expected to name his new cabinet within days, while making partial privatisation of the state's poles and wires a priority.
The federal government won't consider changing tax rate thresholds to address so-called bracket creep until the budget is in surplus.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has officially launched the Abbott government's discussion paper on taxation at an ACOSS conference in Melbourne.
Andrew Robb says Australia will be warmly embraced by China as it joins the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank before Tuesday's deadline.

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