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WA budget deficit 'unavoidable': Barnett

2:55pm WA Premier Colin Barnett says household fees and charges will increase and there's no dodging a budget deficit.

Shorten lays out Labor vision

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 2:54pm Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has committed Labor to restore superannuation guarantee rises as part of its economic strategy.

Watchdog questions competition law changes

2:27pm The ACCC has expressed concerns about some proposed changes to competition law.

PM trusts Defence Minister Johnston

2:52pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists he trusts his defence minister to deliver a competent, professional and effective armed forces.

Gov will consider defence royal commission

2:23pm The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce has recommended a royal commission be established to investigate abuse allegations within the defence force academy.

Kerr's bail conditions varied for weddings

2:42pm Former AFL player Daniel Kerr has appeared briefly in Perth Magistrates Court, where his bail conditions were changed so he can attend two weddings.

Father to face trial over son's murder

1:20pm The father of a paraplegic man found dead in a Perth home will face trial next year accused of murder.

Shorten commits Labor to China bank

1:04pm Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says a Labor government will sign-up to a China-led infrastructure investment bank.

Counter-terrorism laws pass Senate

1:18pm The Senate has passed counter-terrorism laws that enable better cooperation between Australian spies and defence in Iraq.

Tables turned - NZ needs Aussie workers

12:29pm New Zealand is making a push to lure Kiwi expats back home to fill a growing skills shortage, and Australian workers are welcome, too.

Messages for Phillip Hughes flood Twitter

12:26pm Phillip Hughes has trended worldwide on Twitter, with more than 66,000 users sending their messages of support to the stricken cricketer.

Labor condemns PM over ABC cuts

10:31am Labor wants parliament to condemn the prime minister after his communications minister appeared to contradict him over ABC budget cuts.

Govt, not barnacles, is the problem: Bowen

10:30am Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says the government needs to start the budget process again rather than just doing some tinkering.

Defence taskforce wants royal commission

Elise Scott 12:16pm The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce has released a long-awaited report recommending a royal commission to deal with abuse at ADFA.

Murder accused McNamara refused bail

10:55am Former policeman Glen McNamara, who's accused of the execution-style murder of university student Jamie Gao, has been refused bail.

Johnston's position "untenable": SA Libs

12:34pm South Australia's Liberal leader Steven Marshall says comments by his federal colleague David Johnston are deplorable.

Johnston regrets submarine comments

10:01am Defence Minister David Johnston says he didn't mean to cause offence by saying he wouldn't trust Australian submarine builders to construct a canoe.

Labor calls for Johnston's head

9:55am Labor is calling for Defence Minister David Johnston's sacking for trashing the reputation of Australian submarine makers.

Vic premier defends record against Kennett

11:12am Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has defended his government record after former Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett criticised the party's election campaign.

NSW bowler Sean Abbott offered counselling

9:40am Cricket Australia says it's offering counselling for Australian and Sheffield Shield players following the injury to Phillip Hughes.

Palmer to battle claims he misused $12m

7:54am Federal MP Clive Palmer will defend claims he misused $12 million from two Chinese-owned companies he's in business with in Western Australia.

Johnston apologises for canoe comments

10:35am Defence Minister David Johnston is under fire for saying he wouldn't trust a government shipbuilder to build a canoe.

Shorten labels Pyne a 'loan shark'

Katina Curtis 3:10pm Labor leader Bill Shorten is maintaining his rage against the government's plans to overhaul higher education.

New data to shape GDP result

3:35am This week's construction and business investment figures will help shape the result of next Wednesday's September quarter national accounts.

Defence abuse probe overdue: Lambie

8:34am Jacqui Lambie says she's thrilled at suggestions there might be a royal commission into abuse in the defence force.

Govt fends off attacks over subs, ABC

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 10:42am Defence Minister David Johnston has expressed regrets over his criticism of shipbuilder ASC in a tumultuous start to the parliamentary day.

Senate set to approve latest terror laws

3:33am The federal government is close to seeing its third counter-terrorism bill through the Senate, with only a handful of amendments requiring approval.

Man extradited to Qld over $22m drug ring

12:46pm A Melbourne man extradited to Queensland over a cannabis syndicate could face an additional 15 years behind bars if convicted under the state's VLAD laws.

TIO sale legislation passes

8:07am After 10 hours of debate, the NT government has passed legislation allowing the sale of the state-owned insurer.

New cybercrime reporting tool launched

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 8:38am A new online resource called ACORN will enable people to report cybercrimes such as email scams and child abuse material in real time.