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Hockey an optimist despite Costello gloom

8:56pm Peter Costello has warned Australia's luck is running out, but Australia's current treasurer Joe Hockey still thinks the glass is half full.

Suspected gunman in Qld bushfire zone

7:26pm A man who allegedly fired shots at police during a chase remains on the run in a bushfire zone in central Queensland.

Bishop vows to work with Fiji poll winner

Nick Perry 10:06pm Julie Bishop says Australia will work with whoever wins Fiji's election to ensure an "acceptable level of democracy" is achieved in the Pacific nation.

Vic road link contracts 'due next week'

7:54pm Lawyers for the Victorian government have told a court contracts for the East West Link could be signed as soon as next week.

G20 has net to catch tax dodgers: Hockey

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 4:34pm Treasurer Joe Hockey says this weekend's G20 meeting will work on an agreement to catch multinational tax dodgers.

Qld woman avoids jail for abuse on bus

Ed Jackson 4:34pm A woman who hurled abuse at a 77-year-old man on a Gold Coast bus has been punished with a two-month suspended sentence.

Govt invites Labor to talks on renewables

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 3:46pm The coalition is seeking to open talks with Labor on the renewable energy target following a review by businessman Dick Warburton.

Vic plumber told 'hike prices or else'

Angus Livingston 6:16pm A Melbourne plumber said union "animals" would kill him unless he hiked his prices on a building project, a developer told the unions royal commission.

More cost cutting planned for WA govt

2:36pm An update of WA's finances is expected to be released in coming days, with the premier still expecting a solid set of numbers despite low iron ore prices.

Sydney broker suspected of terror finance

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 9:37pm Federal authorities have suspended a Sydney-based money transfer business suspected of helping to finance terrorism.

Qld could lease entire electricity network

2:36pm Queensland's entire electricity network could be in private hands for up to 50 or even 99 years if the state government leases public assets.

Abbott gives straight As to his ministers

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 3:06pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reviewed the performance of his frontbench after the first year in government.

Patel family want justice for fatal crash

7:56pm The family of a schoolgirl mowed down by a car in Sydney's south say they want justice over the tragedy.

Syria key to terror fight, says Iraq envoy

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Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 5:26pm As Tony Abbott prepares to farewell military personnel to the Middle East, Iraq has warned that Syria must be part of the plan to destroy Islamic State.

Qld police keep files on protest groups

Stephen Johnson 1:08pm Police intelligence is being kept on so-called issue-motivated groups, including union officials and environmental activists, obtained documents show.

Aid organisation to refuse Aust Ebola cash

Karlis Salna 10:34pm Doctors Without Borders will refuse $2.5 million in federal government funding to help halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

MPs seek more checks on ASIO spies

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 12:26pm A new report calls for greater checks on the work of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

Website tally hits one billion: stats page

12:33pm The number of websites has breezed past the one billion mark, 25 years after Tim Berners-Lee first came up with the idea for a World Wide Web.

Mum says SA death ride girl was angel

12:19pm The Malaysian girl who died after being flung from a Royal Adelaide Show ride has been described by her mum as a beautiful and wonderful "little angel".

Vic triple-fatal driver jailed for 16 yrs

Joel Cresswell 2:24pm The 16-year jail term handed to a drug addict driver who killed three people does not fit his crime, according to the families of his victims.

Aust luck 'beginning to run out': Costello

Ehssan Veiszadeh 2:56pm Ex-Liberal treasurer Peter Costello warns Australians are increasingly worried about the economic outlook and are spending less of their disposable income.

Vic killer 'distressed' recalling murder

11:07am A man who killed his partner before burning his Melbourne apartment gets distressed recalling the incident, a court has heard.

G20 closing in on growth target: Hockey

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 10:54am Treasurer Joe Hockey and RBA governor Glenn Stevens will co-host a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Cairns this week.

Treasurers Cairns bound for Hockey meeting

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 10:47am State and territory treasurers will meet with Joe Hockey in Cairns on Friday, rather than having their routine gathering in Canberra.

Norfolk Island gay marriage bid 'safe'

Karlis Salna and Jamie McKinnell 7:06pm Marriage equality advocates are optimistic Norfolk Island's bid to allow gay marriage won't be quashed in the High Court as an ACT law was.

Search for missing toddler to scale back

4:59pm A team of investigators will continue to work on the case of a missing three-year-old who has not been seen for six days.

Abbott to farewell Iraq troops

Elise Scott 10:30am Tony Abbott will return to Arnhem Land after leaving to farewell Australian troops bound for Iraq.

Homes to be swamped by sea: report

Gemma Najem 5:54pm The Climate Council says 250,000 Australian homes are at risk as a result of rising sea levels, which will also affect tourism and biodiversity.

Indigenous recognition vote won't be 2016

Elise Scott 2:16pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has all but ruled out a 2016 referendum for constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians.

China coal claims 'alarmist', says council

The Minerals Council of Australia has played down concerns about a Chinese ban on low-grade coal imports as "misleading and unnecessarily alarmist".