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Republican PM Malcolm Turnbull meets the Queen

Lloyd Jones 4:54 AM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, an avowed republican, has met the Queen at the opening of the CHOGM leaders' meeting in Malta.

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi mistakenly quotes neo-Nazi

Senator Cory Bernardi.

Kate Aubusson and Fergus Hunter 9:28 PM   Liberal senator Cory Bernardi was the toast of Twitter on Friday as it was revealed he mistakenly quoted an American neo-Nazi charged with child pornography offences.

Between a rock and horse stud: coalmine verdicts divide communities

The location of two stud farms close to Anglo American's Drayton operations in the Hunter Valley could stymie expansion plans.

Peter Hannam 8:00 PM   The Baird government has been accused of ranking the health of horses above humans after a coal mine near famous studs got knocked back but another near a Hunter village won approval.

Consumers lose as banks snub Apple's 'digital wallet' system: MP

Labor MP Ed Husic believes Australians are being denied choices in digital payments.

Heath Aston 7:12 PM   The Reserve Bank has been urged to examine potential anti-competitive behaviour in the emerging card-free payments market amid claims the banks have frozen out newcomer Apple Pay.

Poll finds Abbott's assumed security strength a misconception

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.

Heath Aston 7:09 PM   Tony Abbott's principal perceived strength over Malcolm Turnbull – his uncompromising approach to national security – is an illusion, according to a surprise national poll.

12,000 disappointed students as Vocation collapses

Vocation is widely expected to be liquidated and its financial affairs examined thoroughly.

Sarah Danckert and Eryk Bagshaw 6:56 PM   The push for reform of the vocational education sector has ramped up in the wake of the collapse of Vocation.

How Australia plans to stop radicalisation in its tracks

Dr Hass Dellal: The programs build local networks to "identify who in the community you feel confident going to with a particular concern you have".

David Wroe 12:30 AM   "Let's be realistic. Not many people are going to ring up the [national security] hotline and dob in a son."

Mystery asylum seeker boat 'pushed back by Australian navy' found

Asylum seekers whose boat was pushed back to sea by the Australian Navy have been found stranded in Indonesia.

Jewel Topsfield, Karuni Rompies and Amilia Rosa 5:08 PM   Sixteen asylum seekers whose boat was pushed back to sea by the Australian Navy last week were found stranded near West Kupang in Indonesia on Thursday night.

Police guidelines on death penalty nations should be codified: Ruddock

Restrictions on police would require them to seek permission from elected officials before sharing information that could lead to the death penalty, says Philip Ruddock.

Jane Lee 5:02 PM   Police should face tighter restrictions on when they can share information with nations that impose the death penalty in the wake of Indonesia's execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, says Philip Ruddock, who was attorney-general when the Bali nine were arrested.

Indonesia protests boat push-back policy

The male asylum seekers, who are from India, Nepal and Bangladesh, at Nusa Tenggara Timur police station.

Jewel Topsfield 5:01 PM   Tensions have once again flared between Indonesia and Australia over asylum seeker policy after a boat that was pushed back from Christmas Island by the Royal Australian Navy ran out of fuel off Indonesia.

Filipinos "on $150 a week" replace Portland's seafarers: protest grows

Save Our Ships: crewmen on the MV Portland protest.

Tony Wright 12:15 AM   The Senate has rejected the government's proposed Shipping Legislation Amendment Bill which would have allowed foreign flagged ships paying third-world wages to undercut Australian-flagged ships on the domestic cargo trade.

Push for inquiry into Australia's $24 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter purchase

An F-35 in flight off the coast of Florida.

Daniel Flitton   A push to examine the wisdom of Australia's planned $24 billion fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters - ranking as the nation's largest ever defence purchase - is underway in the senate.

Attacks on Labor's climate plan 'nonsense': expert

Bill Shorten announced Labor would seek substantially tough cuts to emissions.

Nicole Hasham   It is a "nonsense" to claim deep emissions cuts would smash the economy while ignoring the economic cost of floods, heatwaves, and other climate change fallout, an expert says, as the Turnbull government and industry attacked Labor's plan to dramatically slash greenhouse gas pollution.

Federal politics quiz: The week ending November 27

Mal Brough during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday.

Fergus Hunter   Mal Brough is under pressure, conservative MPs are angry and the PM's travelling the world. Here are ten questions.

Only 'honourable' politician: Ashby defends Brough

James Ashby, a former staff member to Peter Slipper.

Lisa Cox   Former political staffer James Ashby has said the $200,000 Fairfax MP Clive Palmer claims he was asked for to help bankroll a case against Peter Slipper would have covered less than a fifth of his court costs.

Turnbull government attacks Labor's 'mad' climate target announcement

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten

Labor denies its new ambitious climate action policy will hinder business and the economy.

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Discount for upfront uni fees faces axe

Discounts for students who pay fees upfront face the axe.

Matthew Knott   University students would no longer be eligible for a 10 per cent discount on their university fees if they pay upfront under legislation introduced into Parliament by the Turnbull government.

High Court move to extend enrolment window and unlock one million votes

Tony Murphy is going to the High Court to allow Australians to enrol to vote in the weeks leading up to a federal election.

Lisa Cox   Laws that prevent Australians from enrolling to vote in the weeks leading up to a federal election are set to be challenged in the High Court.

Water use down but Australian households paying more: ABS

Bills are increasing even though households are using less water.

Nicole Hasham   Australians are using less water but the average household water bill has jumped to $584 a year, the latest figures show, largely due to new drought-proofing measures such as desalination plants.

Turnbull rejects talk of Abbott-led insurgency

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday.

Mark Kenny   An upbeat Malcolm Turnbull has denied he is facing an insurgency led by Tony Abbott, expressed optimism about a new global climate deal in Paris, hinted that superannuation concessions used by the rich could be trimmed and again dismissed suggestions of ground troops in Iraq and Syria.

Labor to beef up climate fight with commitment to steeper emissions cuts

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will unveil Labor's commitment to steeper emissions cuts on Friday.

Mark Kenny   Bill Shorten will take significantly steeper emissions cuts to the 2016 election than the Turnbull government, ensuring climate change policy will once again be a key battleground issue for voters.

Brough should stand aside says Shorten

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has called for Mal Brough to stand aside until the police investigation is complete.

Latika Bourke, Matthew Knott   Mal Brough should stand aside while police investigate the James Ashby affair Labor Leader Bill Shorten has said, in an escalation of the opposition's pursuit of the Special Minister of State.

Australia, Jakarta likley to discuss 'root causes' of people smuggling

An Australian Navy vessel approaches a suspected refugee boat off the coast of Christmas Island last week.

Gabrielle Dunlevy   ​Indonesia has promised "no finger pointing" at a regional meeting on asylum seekers, which Australia is expected to attend.

Senate sinks shipping bill that would entice $2 an hour crews

A container ship off Melbourne.

Heath Aston   The Senate has sunk government plans to open up Australia's port-to-port shipping industry to more foreign-flagged vessels – many of which are crewed by sailors paid as little as $2 an hour.

Capex slide puts budget forecasts in doubt

Peter Martin dinkus

Peter Martin   Business investment is collapsing at a record pace as resource companies accelerate cutbacks.

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Weatherill breaks ranks with conditional backing of 15% GST

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill.

Peter Martin   South Australia has broken ranks with other Labor states and come out in favour of a 15 per cent goods and services tax, with conditions.

Australia's uni-private sector relationship blasted in report

Australia's Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb.

Matthew Knott   Australia's "piecemeal", "short-term" and "inadequate" approach to university and business collaboration has been blasted in a major report on Australian innovation.

Government announces mental health system overhaul but no extra funding

Sussan Ley

Jane Lee   Australia's mental health care system will be overhauled to provide more local services tailored to people's illnesses over the next three years, but may require significantly more funding to be completed.

Coalition rushing to pass Medicare safety net changes

Health Minister Sussan Ley says multiple changes to the safety net over years has made it "overly complex".

Jane Lee   The Turnbull government is rushing to pass changes to the Medicare Safety net without releasing details on the extent of their impact on chronically ill patients.