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C02 emissions from burning fossil fuels surge to highest level in human history

Nicky Phillips and Lisa Cox 3:00am Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels and cement production surged to a record-breaking 36 billion tonnes of CO2 last year, pushing emissions to their highest level in human history.   

ABC news programs facing cuts

The ABC has a budget of just over $1 billion and received a $35.5 million cut over four years in the May budget.

Madeleine Heffernan 12:15am A high-profile news TV program is among many shows at risk of not returning due to funding cuts.

Peter Slipper's fraud sentencing expected on Monday

Peter Slipper, pictured arriving at the ACT Magistrates Court in July, could face sentencing on Monday.

CHRISTOPHER KNAUS 10:00pm The sentencing of former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper is expected to begin today.

Parliament ministerial wing in lock down, passes to the house restricted

Beefed up security: Parliament House in Canberra.

PRIMROSE RIORDAN 10:46pm Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and the President of the Senate Stephen Parry ordered a lock down of the ministerial wing of Parliament House and a ban on unaccompanied passes.

Palmer refuses to back Lambie's Muslim stance

Clive Palmer from Palmer United Senator Jacqui Lambie.

HEATH ASTON 6:36pm Clive Palmer has distanced his party from incendiary statements on the burqa and sharia law by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie.

Labor demands detail on foreign fighters bill before pledging support

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

HEATH ASTON Cracks have emerged in the bipartisan political response to the rising terrorist threat, with concern inside Labor at the extent and practicality of enhanced powers the federal government plans to grant security agencies.

Treasurer Joe Hockey hails G20 finance ministers' meeting a success

Treasurer Joe Hockey speaks at the conclusion of the G20 meeting of finance ministers in Cairns.

Gareth Hutchens, James Massola 4:26pm Treasurer Joe Hockey says G20 finance ministers are 90 per cent of the way towards meeting a 2 per cent target for additional global growth, with more than 900 policy initiatives agreed to on the weekend that will make the world economy $2 trillion larger over four years.

Putin to face icy reception at G20, says US Treasury Secretary

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew with Treasurer Joe Hockey in Cairns.

James Massola, Gareth Hutchens 2:56pm US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has predicted Russian President Vladimir Putin will face an icy reception at the G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane in November if hostilities with neighbouring Ukraine do not ease.

Spy organisation scouring social media for extremist threats

Keeping watch: The Office of National Assessments is recruiting for numerous roles, including social media analysts, in a bid to track extremism.

Philip Dorling 3:16pm Australia's peak intelligence agency is stepping up its analysis of terrorist threats including scouring social media to track extremist propaganda and recruitment efforts.

Joe Hockey plays down speculation of budget cuts to pensions and family benefits

Hockey

LATIKA BOURKE 2:01pm Treasurer Joe Hockey has played down a report the Government is preparing to abandon key budget cuts to pensions and family benefits.

Desmond Tutu: 'Lay bare the horrors of the past'

Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

STEPHANIE WOOD 9:57pm Archbishop Desmond Tutu has slammed Australia for its treatment of Aborigines and supported calls for a truth and justice commission to lay bare the horrors of the past.

Hockey hails progress on G20 targets for job growth

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey (R) holds up a report with OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria (L) during a press conference at the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Cairns on September 20, 2014.  Gurria presented to the G20 recommendations on the biggest changes to international tax rules in more than a century, in a bid to tackle corporate tax avoidance as

James Massola and Gareth Hutchens 3:29pm Treasurer Joe Hockey says G20 Finance Ministers are 90 per cent of the way towards meeting a  2 per cent target for additional global growth, with over 900 policy initiatives that will make the global economy $2 trillion larger over four years agreed to at the summit.

Retired top army officer quits working for David Johnston after only three weeks

News.  Retired Major General Jim Molan next to a Long Range Patrol Vehicle in the Conflicts 1945 to Today Gallery at the Australian War Memorial.  26 December 2012     Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan

LATIKA BOURKE 2:32pm A top retired army officer has quit working for Defence Minister David Johnston just three weeks after being hired to advise on a major review into the nation's long-term defence policy.

'Australia is a Pacific island - it has a responsibility'

Messages in support of action to combat climate change are projected onto the side of the UN building in New York on September 20, ahead of the international summit on the issue that begins on Tuesday.

NICK O'MALLEY 3:14pm Pacific island nations that supported Australia's bid for the UN Security Council feel let down by its stance on climate change, says the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands.

Jacqui Lambie says Islamic law involves terrorism as she stands firm on burqa ban

Outpsoken: Senator Jacqui Lambie.

LATIKA BOURKE 10:56am Palmer United Senator Jacqui claims Sharia Laws "involves terrorism" and says the burqa is a "national security" risk.

Critics aplenty but Putin still welcome for G20 summit

Australian Teasurer Joe Hockey

Cameron Atfield, David Wroe, Gareth Hutchens Russian President Vladimir Putin looks destined to be on his way to Brisbane in November after a push to have him banned from the G20 summit was seemingly put to bed in Cairns on Saturday.

Same-sex marriage: Liberal MP Craig Laundy changes stance on free vote

Change of heart: Liberal MP Craig Laundy, who says his first year in Parliament has been an education in reality versus idealism.

JUDITH IRELAND Liberal MP Craig Laundy has had a change of heart when it comes to the same-sex marriage debate, dealing a blow to advocates of marriage equality.

Julia Gillard: Giving Kevin Rudd hope on night of knifing was a mistake

Julia Gillard.

JUDITH IRELAND Julia Gillard says she fed Kevin Rudd "hope" on the night that she deposed him as prime minister in June 2010 and that she "shouldn't have done that".

We are the ones being terrorised, Muslims say

A car which was damaged overnight and daubed with anti-Muslim slogans in Miller near Liverpool.

Michael Koziol, Leila Abdallah A car has been damaged and daubed with offensive comments, threatening letters have been sent and women have been abused in the street.

Putin appears Brisbane-bound for G20

LEADERS SUMMIT: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

CAMERON ATFIELD Russian President Vladimir Putin looks destined to be on his way to Brisbane in November after a push to have him banned from the G20 summit was seemingly put to bed in Cairns on Saturday.

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