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10:26am The Abbott government has now removed all children from Christmas Island in a deal reached with crossbenchers.
Nathan Paull 10:42am Charges could soon be laid against a mother under police guard in a Cairns hospital following the deaths of eight children, seven of them her own.
9:59am Senior frontbencher Mathias Cormann says a reshuffle will give the government the best team for 2015 and beyond.
5:15pm A Chinese asylum seeker claims to have staged a dramatic protest on a plane due to leave Sydney in order to stop his deportation.
5:29pm Police have formally identified the eight children killed in a home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora.
Ehssan Veiszadeh 4:04pm Comments broadcast on a TV breakfast show seven years ago may have sparked Man Haron Monis's decision to take hostages.
Nathan Paull 2:45pm Queensland's acting Premier Tim Nicholls has laid a wreath at a makeshift memorial near the home where eight children were slain in Cairns.
Cleo Fraser 7:52pm The close-knit community of Manoora in Cairns is receiving offers of support from near and far as it struggles to deal with the deaths of eight children.
12:12pm The wife and daughter of NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione were at the Lindt cafe in Sydney just an hour before it became the site of a siege.
4:39pm Victoria's ambulance union says morale is high after a long-running pay dispute was resolved by Ambulance Victoria and the state government.
A Jetstar spokesman has promised flights will return to schedule after a computer outage caused delays for passengers.
Nathan Paull and Cleo Fraser The eight child victims of the Manoora tragedy were four girls aged between two and 14, and four boys aged between five and nine.
Cleo Fraser The predominantly housing commission Cairns suburb of Manoora is no stranger to crime, but the deaths of eight kids have rocked the community.
Friends and extended family members are gathering at the scene of a multiple stabbing in Cairns in which eight children have been found dead.
Neda Vanovac Missing Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair's partner has been arrested 18 months after her disappearance.
The federal government has asked the Productivity Commission to look at the Fair Work Act, five years after it was legislated by Labor.
Paul Osborne, Senior Political Writer Tony Abbott is set to announce a new assistant treasurer, and possibly other ministry changes, after the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos.
Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent In less than three months of operations, Australian combat aircraft have dropped more than 100 bombs over Iraq, each hitting a terrorist target.
Cleo Fraser Police will conduct an extensive investigation into the slaying of eight children in their Cairns home as authorities help the community deal with the grief.
Police have charged two men in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a National Australia Bank executive.
Michael Ramsey An Adelaide man has admitted sexually abusing multiple young children under his care, including one aged just 18 months.
The royal commission into trade unions has raised concerns over their links with superannuation funds.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce a minor reshuffle following the resignation of his assistant treasurer.
The unions royal commission says the construction union operated with deliberate disregard for the law, with officials engaging in blackmail and extortion.
The royal commission into trade union corruption says many of the generic and election slush funds are secretive and poorly governed.
Australia's air task group will continue operations on Christmas Day, conducting missions over Iraq against Islamic State.
Ex-prime minister Julia Gillard may have created a conflict of interest by providing legal assistance to her former boyfriend, one of her firm's clients.
Karlis Salna If no next of kin comes forward to claim the body of Man Haron Monis, taxpayers will have to foot the bill for his funeral and burial arrangements.
Lucy Hughes Jones Although she has lost her closest friend, pregnant Sydney siege survivor Julie Taylor is thankful her unborn baby has been unharmed by the 16-hour ordeal.
Petrina Berry Clive Palmer's media adviser Andrew Crook has been bailed after facing court charged over the kidnapping of a bank employee.