Bushfire threatens Tasmanian town

A bushfire is threatening a town in northern Tasmania with residents told to protect their homes.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the government has been through a bad patch but is now in a better place than it was three weeks ago.
The Bali Nine pair awaiting execution face a frightening journey to an island where Indonesia executes prisoners, a Mercy campaigner says.

Turnbull says Abbott best for PM

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Tony Abbott is the best person to be prime minister because he has the confidence of the party room.
Malcolm Turnbull has voiced his support for Tony Abbott, saying the Prime Minister has the full backing of the party room.
The NSW energy minister says a gas company's decision to pass on cost savings to customers is proof privately-owned utilities are better for consumers.
Australia and Switzerland have signed a deal to swap banking information in a bid to crack down on tax evasion.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has ordered the sale of a Sydney mansion found to have been sold illegally under foreign investment laws.
Australian museums have joined a global archive of digital cultural artefacts in the Google Cultural Institute.

We can win the next election: PM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed confidence that the coalition can win the next federal election.
Australia Post will ask for stamp prices to rise to $1 as part of reforms to stem losses in its mail delivery business.

Medicare co-payment axed: Ley

The Medicare co-payment has been scrapped almost a year after it was first mooted.
A Melbourne primary school has come under scrutiny after revelations students were being penalised for using the toilet during class.
Premier Mike Baird says future returns from the state's electricity networks are risky but insists they are an attractive investment for potential buyers.
A warrant has been issued for the second witness who failed to appear at a NSW inquest on Tuesday.
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