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Victim of Nauru rape likely to receive abortion: Dutton

Latika Bourke 1:05 PM   Did you sign an online petition demanding the Government act? Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says he they have no effect on how Australia treats refugees.

Indonesia close to annual figure for live cattle

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce

Jewel Topsfield 12:51 PM   Indonesia appears to be moving towards an annual figure for the import of live cattle with an upbeat Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce announcing "I know the outcome but I am not going to say what it is" following a meeting in Jakarta.

Australia should welcome Wilders: Bernardi

Anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, says he has been granted a visa to Australia.

Latika Bourke 12:40 PM   Liberal senator Cory Bernardi says Australia should welcome Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders to Australia because he could be the Netherlands' next prime minister.

Questions raised over Turnbull's use of private email

Conciliatory: Malcolm Turnbull.

Ben Grubb 11:15 AM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continues to use a non-government email server to conduct communications with others.

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Australia in talks to resettle refugees in the Philippines

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

Latika Bourke, Lindsay Murdoch 7:42 AM   Refugees who travelled to Australia by boat could be permanently resettled in the Philippines under a deal being negotiated, but senior government sources fear the premature leaking of the deal to the media could see the proposal scuttled.

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Loughnane exit the end for power trio

Following the 2013 election Loughnane foreshadowed that the Abbott government would spend the next 18 months rebuilding Australia's economy and strengthening the budget.

James Massola 2:06 AM   His relationship with Peta Credlin attracted the headlines, but behind the scenes Brian Loughnane was regarded as a steady hand during 12 years at the helm of the Liberal Party.

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PNG travel ban on Australian lawyers overturned

Barrister Greg Egan.

Bianca Hall 11:47 PM   PNG Chief Magistrate suspended

Nauru detention camp 'not controlled by Australia': government lawyers

The High Court has been told Australia does not control the Nauru detention camp.

Nicole Hasham 10:33 PM   Australia does not control the controversial Nauru detention camp and a Bangladeshi mother and baby who are "terrified" of being returned there would be free to come and go, the High Court has heard.

Hinch weighs election bid as anti-paedophile candidate

Derryn Hinch is set to announce he is running for the Senate in the 2016 federal election.

Heath Aston 8:20 PM   Derryn Hinch wants to be part of the democracy show.

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Defence Minister rejects expert concerns of 'rushed' subs bidding process

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe 8:19 PM   Defence Minister Marise Payne has dismissed a growing chorus of expert concern that the government's process for choosing a new submarine is rushed and will lead to a decision based on scant information.

$50b sub building program 'would bring Japan and Australia closer together'

Japan says its bid to build Australia's replacement for the Collins Class submarine would bring the countries' two navies closer.

David Wroe 8:18 PM   Japan sees its bid for Australia's $50 billion submarine program as just one step in deepening defence ties that would also see the two nations' navies work closely together on joint-operations such as enforcing freedom on the seas.

Shorten's bid to be Qld's infrastructure hero

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08:  Opposition leader Bill Shorten addresses the Queensland Media Club at the Royal International Convention Centre at the Brisbane Showgrounds on Thursday October 8, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Michelle Smith/Fairfax Media)

Amy Remeikis 6:50 PM   Bill Shorten wants to be the new infrastructure prime minister.

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Fall in women on government boards

Minister for Women Michaelia Cash.

Judith Ireland 5:49 PM   The number of women on federal government boards has dropped slightly over the past year, with only 39.1 per cent of positions held by women. 

Treasury to Turnbull: We've got your back on tax

The head of Treasury's tax analysis division, Roger Brake, says that tax reform involves tradeoffs.

Nassim Khadem 3:55 PM   A top Treasury official has publicly pledged the department will help Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sell the case for difficult tax reform.

One quarter of Nauru asylum seekers face order to go home

Asylum seekers on Nauru

Nicole Hasham 3:18 PM   About 150 asylum seekers on Nauru face being sent home as the island's government concedes its promise to process all remaining refugee claims this week will not be met.

Loughnane quits as Liberal Party federal director

Brian Loughnane has been federal director of the Liberal Party since 2003.

Latika Bourke   Brian Loughnane has quit as federal director of the Liberal Party but insists his decision to go was in train well before last month's leadership coup, which saw his wife, Peta Credlin, and her boss Tony Abbott ousted from the Prime Minister's office.

Federal climate authority may be spared the axe

Wendy Craik, the new chair of the Climate Change Authority, when she was head of the National Farmers Federation in 2000.

Peter Hannam   The Turnbull government has appointed former National Farmers Federation head Wendy Craik and four others to the board of the Climate Change Authority for five-year terms, indicating the agency may yet be spared the axe.

Shorten calls on Turnbull to do stop dithering over refugee rape case

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Latika Bourke   Bill Shorten hits out at Malcolm Turnbull's dithering.

Shorten to unveil $10b 'concrete bank' to fund major projects

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce a major infrastructure policy on Thursday.

Mark Kenny   Bill Shorten is poised to unveil an ambitious plan aimed at turbo-charging jobs and growth via a $10 billion financing facility for new public works and up-front commitments to get blocked major projects moving.

Switch to Malcolm Turnbull to save five Liberal seats: Michael Kroger

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been credited with turning around the Liberal Party's fortunes.

James Massola, Mark Hawthorne   Victorian Liberal president Michael Kroger has credited Malcolm Turnbull with a dramatic turnaround in the party's fortunes, telling an exclusive party fundraiser the switch of leader meant just one federal seat - rather than six under Tony Abbott - was now at risk.

Barnaby Joyce signs agreement with Indonesia to combat illegal fishing

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce at Jakarta Cathedral during his visit.

Jewel Topsfield   Agriculture minister does a deal with an Indonesian minister famous for her policy of blowing up illegal fishing boats.

ATO widens its multinational tax avoidance net to 80 companies

Tax commissioner Chris Jordan and Treasurer Scott Morrison on Wednesday.

Heath Aston   The Australian Tax Office will open negotiations with 80 multinational companies to encourage them to "restructure" in order to pay more tax on profits generated in Australia.

Australia sends veiled warning to China

Defence Minister Marise Payne.

David Wroe   Defence Minister Marise Payne has delivered a blunt message that the Turnbull government will not take a softer line than its predecessor on Chinese provocations over flashpoint maritime disputes.

Trial for Australian lawyers banned from PNG begins

Barrister Greg Egan has been banned from entering Papua New Guinea. He and junior counsel Terence Lambert are preparing to have their appeal against their ban decided at PNG's National Court of Justice on Thursday.

Bianca Hall   Two Australian lawyers, barred from entering Papua New Guinea after preparing to represent authorities in a corruption case against PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, will learn their fate on Thursday.

Pyne to release his 'inner revolutionary'

Industry, Innovation and Science Minister Christopher Pyne

Matthew Knott   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told Christopher Pyne to release his "inner revolutionary" as Industry Minister and not to worry about the cost of big new ideas to make Australia's economy more innovative.

Australia: one of the best places to die

Australia has ranked second in the world for palliative care.

Judith Ireland   Australia is often praised for its quality of life, but a new report has singled out the lucky country as one of the best places to die in the world. 

Lawyers challenge existence of offshore detention

The 10-month-old baby of a woman from Bangladesh who is seeking to prevent the Australian government from returning her to Nauru.

Nicole Hasham   The Australian government asked Nauru to establish a detention camp, organised a perimeter fence to keep people inside and effectively controls the detention of asylum seekers at Nauru, the High Court heard on Wednesday.

Uber, Airbnb confirm they send profit offshore

Uber is under scrutiny about the taxes it pays

Nassim Khadem   Uber and Airbnb have revealed in submissions to a federal inquiry that they route profit through companies in the Netherlands and Ireland, where taxes are lower.

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Robb provides consistency Turnbull craves

Trade Minister Andrew Robb during negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership in the US.

Gareth Hutchens   Andrew Robb and Malcolm Turnbull haven't always seen eye-to-eye, but the Trade Minister and Abbott backer has proven to be a great asset for the new Prime Minister.