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Hird to learn Federal Court fate on Friday

4:41pm James Hird will finally learn if his bid to discredit the joint AFL-ASADA probe into Essendon has been successful.

Asylum seekers 'not illegally detained'

4:24pm A group of 157 Tamil asylum seekers were not illegally detained when they were held aboard a Customs vessel for almost a month, the High Court has found.

Loans up to $200k for Vic bushfire victims

2:44pm Farmers affected by the recent Victorian bushfires will be offered loans of up to $200,000 under a scheme co-funded by state and federal governments.

Newman promises to continue light rail

2:55pm The Queensland Premier says a re-elected Liberal National Party will support the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project.

Christians plead guilty for Bishop protest

3:05pm Eight Christian protesters have pleaded guilty to trespassing at Julie Bishop's Perth office but claim they were unlawfully strip-searched.

Families helped by energy prices: Hockey

2:14pm Families are enjoying low petrol prices and stable electricity prices after their record fall last year, Treasurer Joe Hockey says.

Labor yet to finalise Qld plan

Nathan Paull 2:35pm Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says all Labor's Queensland election commitments and their costings will be revealed on Thursday.

Coalition falls behind in marginal seats

12:14pm The federal government's Medicare and universities changes have boosted Labor's chances of regaining marginal seats.

Murdoch says Credlin must resign

1:06pm Media magnate Rupert Murdoch says Tony Abbott should show leadership and ensure his chief of staff Peta Credlin resigns or is sacked.

Newman receives welcome federal support

Alexandra Patrikios 2:13pm Four Queensland-based federal Liberal politicians have lent their support to Premier Campbell Newman, who has happily campaigned without Tony Abbott.

Internet jobs ads slip for third month

11:39am Job advertisments on the internet fell for a third straight month in December.

We won't adulterate uni reforms: Pyne

3:56pm Christopher Pyne is appealing to Labor and the crossbench in a renewed pitch to pass the government's university funding reforms.

Abbott to consult on future knighthoods

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 11:05am Prime Minister Tony Abbott has admitted his decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood has been a distraction and says he'll consult more in future.

Abbott steps up anti-violence action

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 4:01pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to finalise a deal by the end of 2015 to ensure domestic violence orders apply nationally.

Fight with IS and you'll die, says Robert

9:59am Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert says there's a simple message for those who head off to fight with Islamic State: you'll die.

Shorten visits soldiers in Iraq

10:05am Bill Shorten says he's humbled to see the Anzac tradition continuing after visiting Australian troops in Iraq.

Bunbury bushfire upgraded

1:30pm Another watch and act alert has been issued for the suburb of Glen Iris in Bunbury, in Western Australia's South West region.

Credit card rate a mystery to many

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 3:37am Many credit card holders have no idea what interest rate they pay when using the plastic, a survey has found.

AGL under scrutiny after chemicals found

Jenny Cockerell 4:36pm Coal seam gas extraction must be done safely, says NSW Premier Mike Baird, after dangerous chemicals were detected at a gas field.

Inflation slows on petrol price drop

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 3:49pm Inflation is at its lowest in nearly three years, but that doesn't mean the Reserve Bank will be quick to announce interest rate cuts.

LNP lunches while Qld Labor campaigns

3:33am Queensland Labor has cancelled a cash-for-access lunch to focus on campaigning while the LNP will push on with its own fundraiser.

Facebook and Instagram offline

6:50pm After being offline for about 30 minutes, Facebook and Instagram are up and working again.

Labor accuses LNP of caretaker breach

Nathan Paull 5:04pm Labor says the Newman government has been preparing the state's assets for sale by scrapping the Local Industry Policy after the election was called.

Data suggest jobless rate yet to peak

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the efforts of the Abbott government have put the economy in a better position but new data is less upbeat.

Business ready for tax reform: survey

A survey has found Australian business want the Abbott government to get on with genuine tax reform.

WA firefighters tackle multiple blazes

An emergency fire warning remains in place for parts of the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana in Perth's south.

WWI vet widows fly free to Turkey

The federal government and Qantas say widows of WWI veterans will travel for free on a special flight to Turkey for Anzac Day.

Senate probe into Newman postponed

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer Two public hearings of a Senate inquiry into the Queensland government have been postponed until after the state election this Saturday.

NSW hospital vaccine inquiry under way

An investigation is under way after a Sydney hospital left mothers and babies at risk due to a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.

Knighthood confuses Abbott agenda

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer Coalition MPs have distanced themselves from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to award a knighthood to Prince Philip.