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Senate inquiry into foreign corruption

8:56am Labor senator Sam Dastyari intends setting up a Senate inquiry into foreign corruption, using parliament to make allegations against Leighton Holdings.

MPs continue to push for Bali 9 clemency

7:39am Senior MPs Christopher Pyne and Anthony Albanese have been careful not to slam Indonesia as they again pleaded for clemency for the Bali Nine pair.

Baird backs tougher donation laws

Ehssan Veiszadeh 8:22am Premier Mike Baird has given his "in principle" support to overhauling NSW's political donor laws amid the ongoing ICAC donation scandal.

Migrants lazy way to grow economy: Hockey

8:12am Treasurer Joe Hockey says the way to grow the economy is through increasing output, and not by increasing migration.

Liberal executive meets amid turmoil

3:33am The Liberal Party's federal executive will meet in Canberra on Friday.

Underage girl's 'groom' set for sentencing

3:33am A man who "married" a 12-year-old girl is expected to face sentencing proceedings in a Sydney court.

HECS architect proposes unis compromise

Katina Curtis 3:33am Bruce Chapman will explain his proposal to mitigate skyrocketing fees under a system of higher education deregulation.

Woman who killed abusive ex faces sentence

3:38am A Sydney woman found guilty of the manslaughter of her estranged partner is due to be sentenced.

Aust to complain to Indon ambassador

7:55pm Australia will complain to Indonesia's ambassador about photos taken of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran while they were being transferred.

Foley draws inspiration from Qld win

Ehssan Veiszadeh 7:16pm Opposition Leader Luke Foley is campaigning on the NSW far north coast where Labor hopes to pick up seats from The Nationals.

Muir's 'better late than never' speech

Elise Scott 6:16pm Motoring Enthusiast Ricky Muir has delivered his first speech eight months after entering the Senate, saying he pinches himself regularly.

Hangover replaces dream for older workers

Megan Neil 5:33pm Australians face having to work longer but experts say the workforce needs to be much more accommodating for older workers.

I don't agree with ETU: NSW Labor leader

Ehssan Veiszadeh 5:32pm Labor leader Luke Foley has distanced himself from the Electrical Trades Union and says he's focused on bringing down electricity prices.

Streamlined curriculum ready in 2016

Katina Curtis 5:14pm Education ministers have agreed to let the curriculum authority rebalance and streamline what Australian students are taught.

Federal funding for Cadbury melts

Andrew Drummond 6:02pm The operators of Hobart's Cadbury chocolate factory have been forced to back out of a $16 million co-investment deal with the federal government.

Extra testing on tinned peaches: govt

4:26pm Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says there will be extra testing on peaches after claims some imported tins in Australia contained lead.

We don't have blood on our hands: AFP boss

Karlis Salna 4:27pm AFP chief Andrew Colvin says he has been attempting to use the agency's influence in Indonesia to appeal for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Pull back from brink, PM urges Indonesia

Jennifer Rajca 5:14pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Indonesia to pull back from the brink and spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Qld Labor under fire for assets promise

7:13pm Queensland's Labor government says it no longer opposes all public asset sales, just assets that bring in revenue for the state.

Pension age of 70 'dreamland': seniors

2:24pm Seniors groups warn against raising the pension age while workers in their 50s are unable to find employment.

Tax cuts will be needed in future: Hockey

2:05pm Treasurer Joe Hockey is indicating that income tax cuts will be on the agenda once the budget is back in surplus in 2019/20.

Govt overreached, still needs cuts: Hockey

1:32pm The 2014/15 federal budget tried to do too much but Treasurer Joe Hockey insists its settings were sound.

Stop the childish games: scientists

Lisa Martin 1:08pm The Abbott government has linked $150 million of science research cash to its controversial plan to deregulate universities.

Charges laid after teen dragged behind car

Ava Benny-Morrison 1:09pm A teenager has been charged with three serious offences after he allegedly drove a car that dragged a young woman along a Sydney road last year.

Need to break reform gridlock: business

12:56pm Business groups are urging critics of the government's reform measures to come up with their own, in the wake of the intergenerational report release.

Report finds climate change benefits

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 12:41pm The Intergenerational Report says climate change could be beneficial for the economy, but the government remains set on meeting carbon emission targets.

Best years and pressure ahead: Hockey

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 12:33pm The latest Intergenerational Report finds an ageing population will put pressure on the economy and budget but solutions are available.

I saw Paterson grope girl, ex-student says

Annette Blackwell 6:53pm A former Knox Grammar boy was horrified to hear the teacher who ruined his life had been reported to the headmaster for abuse 15 years earlier.

Intergenerational report's key findings

1:45pm The government's intergenerational report has been handed down in Canberra.

Live longer, work longer: report

Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 1:44pm Treasurer Joe Hockey's intergenerational report says while Australians will live longer, they will probably have to give up the idea of retiring at 65.