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Last child removed from Christmas Island

10:26am The Abbott government has now removed all children from Christmas Island in a deal reached with crossbenchers.

Charges expected for Cairns mum

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.

We need best team for 2015: Cormann

9:59am Senior frontbencher Mathias Cormann says a reshuffle will give the government the best team for 2015 and beyond.

Chinese asylum seeker prompts plane return

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.

Police identify the Manoora child victims

5:29pm Police have formally identified the eight children killed in a home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora.

Gunman's target may have been Seven

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.

Nichols pays respects to Manoora children

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.

Manoora community supports each other

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.

Top NSW cop's family at cafe before siege

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.

Vic ambo dispute over, morale high: union

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.

Jetstar promises return to flight schedule

A Jetstar spokesman has promised flights will return to schedule after a computer outage caused delays for passengers.

Eight Manoora child victims identified

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.

Manoora rocked by deaths of eight kids

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.

Eight children found dead in Cairns

Friends and extended family members are gathering at the scene of a multiple stabbing in Cairns in which eight children have been found dead.

Missing woman's partner arrested on murder

Neda Vanovac Missing Darwin mother Carlie Sinclair's partner has been arrested 18 months after her disappearance.

Abbott govt asks for Fair Work review

The federal government has asked the Productivity Commission to look at the Fair Work Act, five years after it was legislated by Labor.

Sinodinos resigns, reshuffle on cards

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.

Aussie jets drop more than 100 Iraq bombs

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.

Eight children killed in Cairns tragedy

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.

Two men charged over kidnapping

Police have charged two men in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a National Australia Bank executive.

Families SA carer admits child sex abuse

Michael Ramsey An Adelaide man has admitted sexually abusing multiple young children under his care, including one aged just 18 months.

Concerns raised over union super funds

The royal commission into trade unions has raised concerns over their links with superannuation funds.

Assistant Treasurer Sinodinos resigns

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to announce a minor reshuffle following the resignation of his assistant treasurer.

CFMEU 'engaged in blackmail, extortion'

The unions royal commission says the construction union operated with deliberate disregard for the law, with officials engaging in blackmail and extortion.

Commission takes aim at slush funds

The royal commission into trade union corruption says many of the generic and election slush funds are secretive and poorly governed.

Flying ops over Iraq continue at Christmas

Australia's air task group will continue operations on Christmas Day, conducting missions over Iraq against Islamic State.

Gillard had a lapse of judgment: report

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.

Taxpayers could pay for Monis funeral

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.

Pregnant siege hostage's baby healthy

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.

Palmer adviser charged over bizarre kidnap

Petrina Berry Clive Palmer's media adviser Andrew Crook has been bailed after facing court charged over the kidnapping of a bank employee.