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Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 4:56pm Consumer confidence has sunk to its lowest level since May last year as worries mount over rising unemployment.
Nick Perry 4:26pm The Lowy Institute wants to see Australia move up the weight division, and cast off the middle power status it clings to in the region.
Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent 3:47pm The US officer in charge of the Joint Strike Fighter program says Australia will pay $US80-85 million each for aircraft entering service in 2020.
7:39pm Firefighters are trying to cool the base of a massive crane as part of their efforts to control a blaze at Sydney's Barangaroo construction site.
2:21pm Gerald Stone's independent audit into claims the ABC's coverage of asylum seekers is biased has cleared 93 out of 97 stories.
3:00pm Qantas has agreed to delay its planned mass sackings to allow for greater consultation, a union leader says.
11:04am The federal government will impose tougher restrictions on people taking up incentives on an affordable housing scheme.
Patrick Caruana 4:31pm The federal government says it will not scrap mandatory sentences for people smuggling offences, despite criticism from a Victorian County Court judge.
3:04pm Religious leaders and unionists think politicians are plotting extended retail trading hours across Australia.
Katina Curtis 9:44am A leading French train manufacturer says it's difficult to attract private funding for very fast train projects.
10:34am A Queensland man has been charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl who died in northern Victorian more than 30-years-ago.
9:27pm Former Treasury head Ken Henry has questioned the comparative cost of the federal government's direct action climate plan.
8:05am SPC Ardmona has announced a 70-million dollar deal with supermarket giant Woolworths to supply 24-thousand extra tonnes of produce.
11:20am Advanced economies are performing better, but some major emerging markets have seen a marked loss of momentum, the OECD says.
Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent Treasurer Joe Hockey is confident about the outlook, even though the economic data is mixed.
Labor leader Bill Shorten says Tony Abbott showed no consistency in his hardline approach to SPC Ardmona, which has struck a $70m deal with Woolworths.
A multi-million deal with Woolworths shows SPC Ardmona is a "sound" business, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
Eoin Blackwell A child abuse survivor says the Catholic Church questioned his honesty when his allegations were put to a court.
Patrick Caruana It was understandable but illegal for a man to help organise a people smuggling operation to bring his wife's family to Australia, a Victorian judge says.
The Australian Conservation Foundation says the economic and employment benefits of uranium mining have been consistently exaggerated.
Victoria's police chief suspects that changes to police procedures on outstanding warrants may not have changed the outcome for slain boy Luke Batty.
The Newcastle woman whose tweet sparked a campaign to save SPC says it's "very exciting news" that the company has signed a big deal with Woolworths.
An unsuccessful bid for federal government assistance has turned into a positive for food processor SPC Ardmona, its managing director says.
Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent There is a growing optimism among small and medium sized firms aided by low interest rates and a lower Australian dollar, a survey has found.
Environmentalists are calling on the government to ban coal seam gas mining in NSW after energy giant Santos was fined over a contaminated aquifer.
Ava Benny-Morrison Paul Darren Mulvihill held his head in his hands as a jury found him guilty of the stabbing murder of Rachelle Yeo on Sydney's northern beaches.
Eoin Blackwell A PNG court has appointed an Australian doctor to investigate whether human rights are being afforded to asylum seekers on Manus Island.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted he'll have more to say on the commission of audit report in the not-too-distant future.
Tim Clarke and Rebecca Le May WA Treasurer Troy Buswell is beginning a recovery following a mental breakdown, as his controversial ministerial career comes to an end
Prime Minister Tony Abbott doesn't want to discourage Australians from overseas travel following the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines plane.