Whoever comes out on top of the Queensland state poll, Bob Katter predicts they'll have to deal with minor parties who hold the balance of power.
The Liberal National Party has lost a second legal bid in relation to published material handed out at polling stations.
Premier Mike Baird says he stands by NSW Police and will respond to an inquiry into a phone-bugging scandal once it concludes.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will reveal a scaled back, more targeted paid parental leave scheme in the next day or so.
Migrants make up the majority of drownings in Victoria. To stop the number growing, Life Saving Victoria is teaching water safety at Brighton Beach.

Turnbull ducks leadership talk

Malcolm Turnbull has dodged media questions in Los Angeles about making a potential run at Tony Abbott's job.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk have both cast their votes.

Polls open in Qld election

The polls have opened across Queensland with about 2.5 million voters expected to visit polling booths.
The latest Newspoll shows the LNP is set to retain government in Queensland but with a much-reduced majority.

Homes lost in Waroona bushfire

A bushfire has destroyed several homes in Waroona, south of Perth, where 150 firefighters are tackling the blaze.

Abbott cycling in Cadel Evans race

Tony Abbott will join hundreds of Australians in the People's Ride of the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria.
Queensland's beleaguered premier has warned that if he loses his seat, his government would have effectively lost power.
Factory workers who have been holed up in their company's lunch room in protest over a new workplace agreement have been granted a hearing with management.
The NSW government has launched a smartphone app to help beachgoers avoid deadly encounters with sharks.
Following a fatal hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles, rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities say.

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Australians have taken to Twitter to criticise an obituary for the author, who died yesterday at the age of 77.
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