An adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on climate policy has attacked Australia's complacency on global warming and described the Abbott government's championing of the coal industry as an economic "suicide strategy".
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has killed off a plan proposed by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate president Stephen Parry that would require women wearing burqas to be separated from the public and forced to sit with schoolchildren in a glassed-off area of federal Parliament's public galleries.
Muslim women who wear the burqa into federal parliament will be banned from watching proceedings from regular public galleries and will be forced to sit in glass enclosures instead.
Women who wear face coverings will be separated from the general population and seated with schoolchildren when they visit Parliament House
The former boss of Customs has been announced as the new secretary of the Immigration and Border Protection department, as Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison pushes to consolidate the Customs and Immigration departments to form the Australian Border Force.
More than 350 passionate young people from around Australia rallied outside Parliament House on Thursday, condemning mooted cuts to foreign aid spending.
Australians who commit a crime overseas unrelated to any terrorist or political cause could still trigger punitive new counter-terrorism laws overseen by the national spy agency, experts warn.
Palmer United senator Jacqui Lambie says the burqa must be banned from nation's streets so Muslim women's "body language" can be identified.
The Abbott government has appointed Peter Lewis - the man it chose to lead an efficiency review of the ABC - to the board of the public broadcaster.
The company running the NBN should stop charging the same amounts for all Australians to access high-speed broadband, final cost-benefit analysis said.