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4:41pm James Hird will finally learn if his bid to discredit the joint AFL-ASADA probe into Essendon has been successful.
4:24pm A group of 157 Tamil asylum seekers were not illegally detained when they were held aboard a Customs vessel for almost a month, the High Court has found.
2:44pm Farmers affected by the recent Victorian bushfires will be offered loans of up to $200,000 under a scheme co-funded by state and federal governments.
2:55pm The Queensland Premier says a re-elected Liberal National Party will support the second stage of the Gold Coast light rail project.
3:05pm Eight Christian protesters have pleaded guilty to trespassing at Julie Bishop's Perth office but claim they were unlawfully strip-searched.
2:14pm Families are enjoying low petrol prices and stable electricity prices after their record fall last year, Treasurer Joe Hockey says.
Nathan Paull 2:35pm Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says all Labor's Queensland election commitments and their costings will be revealed on Thursday.
12:14pm The federal government's Medicare and universities changes have boosted Labor's chances of regaining marginal seats.
1:06pm Media magnate Rupert Murdoch says Tony Abbott should show leadership and ensure his chief of staff Peta Credlin resigns or is sacked.
Alexandra Patrikios 2:13pm Four Queensland-based federal Liberal politicians have lent their support to Premier Campbell Newman, who has happily campaigned without Tony Abbott.
11:39am Job advertisments on the internet fell for a third straight month in December.
3:56pm Christopher Pyne is appealing to Labor and the crossbench in a renewed pitch to pass the government's university funding reforms.
Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 11:05am Prime Minister Tony Abbott has admitted his decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood has been a distraction and says he'll consult more in future.
Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer 4:01pm Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants to finalise a deal by the end of 2015 to ensure domestic violence orders apply nationally.
9:59am Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert says there's a simple message for those who head off to fight with Islamic State: you'll die.
10:05am Bill Shorten says he's humbled to see the Anzac tradition continuing after visiting Australian troops in Iraq.
1:30pm Another watch and act alert has been issued for the suburb of Glen Iris in Bunbury, in Western Australia's South West region.
Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 3:37am Many credit card holders have no idea what interest rate they pay when using the plastic, a survey has found.
Jenny Cockerell 4:36pm Coal seam gas extraction must be done safely, says NSW Premier Mike Baird, after dangerous chemicals were detected at a gas field.
Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent 3:49pm Inflation is at its lowest in nearly three years, but that doesn't mean the Reserve Bank will be quick to announce interest rate cuts.
3:33am Queensland Labor has cancelled a cash-for-access lunch to focus on campaigning while the LNP will push on with its own fundraiser.
6:50pm After being offline for about 30 minutes, Facebook and Instagram are up and working again.
Nathan Paull 5:04pm Labor says the Newman government has been preparing the state's assets for sale by scrapping the Local Industry Policy after the election was called.
Colin Brinsden, AAP Economics Correspondent Finance Minister Mathias Cormann says the efforts of the Abbott government have put the economy in a better position but new data is less upbeat.
A survey has found Australian business want the Abbott government to get on with genuine tax reform.
An emergency fire warning remains in place for parts of the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana in Perth's south.
The federal government and Qantas say widows of WWI veterans will travel for free on a special flight to Turkey for Anzac Day.
Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer Two public hearings of a Senate inquiry into the Queensland government have been postponed until after the state election this Saturday.
An investigation is under way after a Sydney hospital left mothers and babies at risk due to a fault in a refrigerator containing vaccines.
Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer Coalition MPs have distanced themselves from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to award a knighthood to Prince Philip.