JUDITH IRELAND 1:58pm Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hosed down suggestions he has described Rupert Murdoch as a ‘‘demented plutocrat,’’ arguing the News Corp head is the ‘‘most normal’’ media mogul he knows.
9:03am Vietnamese air force planes have spotted two large oil slicks off the southern tip of Vietnam which may be from a missing Malaysian jetliner that was carrying 239 people, including six Australians.
LUCY CARROLL Australian parents are paying thousands of dollars to store their babies' umbilical cord blood with private operators - but only a few families have ever used it.
HEATH GILMORE As a truck driver Alexandro Marquez is used to backing big objects out of small spaces. If he has his way, Mr Marquez will utilise these skills when handling more precious deliveries.
COSIMA MARRINER Lena Kasparian knows about domestic violence. The 35-year-old was charged with murdering her abusive alcoholic partner in 2011.
BIANCA HALL The government's looming changes to the financial services sector could spark a wave of financial collapses similar to those that occured in 2006-10, which wiped $6 billion in savings from more than 120,000 investors, Industry Super Australia (ISA) claims.
PHILLIP THOMSON Customers using the Coles Flybuys card or online shopping service are having their personal details sent to up to 30 other companies owned by the same corporation and to third parties in at least 23 other countries.
AMANDA HOH Nick Dawtrey is 16 years old but he's already being hailed as Australia's next pinball superstar.
MICHAEL BACHELARD Schapelle Corby's chances of staying out of jail have been given a big boost with the Bali Justice Office finding ''no real evidence'' that she had breached her parole, and saying that to revoke it now would be ''reckless''.
BIANCA HALL The cost of housing Immigration Department staff on Christmas Island has blown out by $11 million since December, despite the number of asylum seekers detained on the island falling by more than 430 people in that time.
RACHEL BROWNE Australia needs free preschool places for all if it is to compete with other developed countries.
Alana Schetzer Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales.
DAISY DUMAS Australian actor Wendy Hughes has died at the age of 61.
PHILLIP THOMSON Coles customers are having their personal details sent to at least 30 other companies.
STEPHANIE BUNBURY A documentary on Lance Armstrong has more twists and turns than the Pyrenees, as cycling's biggest name gets slowly trapped in his own web of lies.
INGA TING It's a paradox that seems to reinforce every stereotype about greed and wealth: those with the smallest incomes donate the greatest share of their money, while the rich pinch their pennies. Among taxpayers who claim a deduction for their generosity, the proportion of money given away by low-income earners is 11 times higher than that of wealthy taxpayers.
SHERRILL NIXON In Pat Hall's wildest dreams, she never imagined the impoverished community of Warwick Farm would have a ''microbusiness incubator manager''.
PETER HARTCHER A motley crew will call the shots, no matter the outcome of the West Australian re-election.
Cases against Andrew Farley, Mike Kelly and Marieke Hardy show that Twitter users can be held to account for their comments
Michaela Whitbourn Recent cases have shown that amateur publishers can be held to account for their comments.
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.
PETER MARTIN Qantas and a key shareholder in Virgin Australia are skirting the law in their apparent attempts to negotiate a truce over prices and capacity, Australia's top competition regulator has warned.
DAVID WROE Australia's military is facing greater challenges to keep ahead of expanding powers in the neighbourhood as it tries to protect trade routes vital to the lifeblood of the economy, Chief of the Defence Force David Hurley said.
MATTHEW KNOTT Digital giants Facebook, Twitter and Google have united to reject an Abbott government proposal that would force social media companies to remove content deemed harmful to young people.
NICKY PHILLIPS American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once remarked that music is the universal language of mankind. But new research suggests music doesn't speak to us all.
MATT WADE Australia's collective well-being worsened during the second half of last year, despite a lift in economic growth.
MATT WADE Australia's collective wellbeing worsened during the second half of last year despite a pick-up in economic growth.
Being diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer before the age of 25 puts patients at increased risk of developing melanoma and other cancers in later life, a new study has shown.
Kate Hagan A public debate is needed to set priorities for funding high-cost cancer drugs ahead of an avalanche of new medicines to be launched by drug companies over the next few years, patients say.
DAVID WROE Navy sailors accused of sexually assaulting their comrades in hazing rituals aboard HMAS Ballarat will avoid court martial after the military prosecutor decided there was not enough evidence against them.
PETER HANNAM When the CSIRO began the biggest study of energy performance of Australian houses, one resident bemoaned the woeful output of his home's photovoltaic panels only to be told the unit was actually a solar hot water system.