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2:55pm WA Premier Colin Barnett says household fees and charges will increase and there's no dodging a budget deficit.
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.
2:27pm The ACCC has expressed concerns about some proposed changes to competition law.
2:52pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists he trusts his defence minister to deliver a competent, professional and effective armed forces.
2:23pm The Defence Abuse Response Taskforce has recommended a royal commission be established to investigate abuse allegations within the defence force academy.
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.
1:20pm The father of a paraplegic man found dead in a Perth home will face trial next year accused of murder.
1:04pm Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says a Labor government will sign-up to a China-led infrastructure investment bank.
1:18pm The Senate has passed counter-terrorism laws that enable better cooperation between Australian spies and defence in Iraq.
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.
12:26pm Phillip Hughes has trended worldwide on Twitter, with more than 66,000 users sending their messages of support to the stricken cricketer.
10:31am Labor wants parliament to condemn the prime minister after his communications minister appeared to contradict him over ABC budget cuts.
10:30am Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen says the government needs to start the budget process again rather than just doing some tinkering.
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.
10:55am Former policeman Glen McNamara, who's accused of the execution-style murder of university student Jamie Gao, has been refused bail.
12:34pm South Australia's Liberal leader Steven Marshall says comments by his federal colleague David Johnston are deplorable.
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.
9:55am Labor is calling for Defence Minister David Johnston's sacking for trashing the reputation of Australian submarine makers.
11:12am Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has defended his government record after former Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett criticised the party's election campaign.
9:40am Cricket Australia says it's offering counselling for Australian and Sheffield Shield players following the injury to Phillip Hughes.
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.
10:35am Defence Minister David Johnston is under fire for saying he wouldn't trust a government shipbuilder to build a canoe.
Katina Curtis 3:10pm Labor leader Bill Shorten is maintaining his rage against the government's plans to overhaul higher education.
3:35am This week's construction and business investment figures will help shape the result of next Wednesday's September quarter national accounts.
8:34am Jacqui Lambie says she's thrilled at suggestions there might be a royal commission into abuse in the defence force.
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.
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.
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.
8:07am After 10 hours of debate, the NT government has passed legislation allowing the sale of the state-owned insurer.
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.