Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has dismissed claims her government's planned property tax will hurt the state's economy.
Economists expect Treasurer Scott Morrison will reveal an improved budget position when he hands down his mid-year review.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle has declared his innocence while announcing he will stand down while being investigated over sexual harassment allegations.
John Alexander says he's sorry if he caused any offence in his victory speech when he joked about refusing a disabled parking permit because he still had pride.
Canadian billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife Honey, have been found dead in their Toronto mansion in suspicious circumstances.
A Sydney man been charged with brokering sales and discussing the supply of componentry of weapons of mass destruction to raise money for North Korea.
Fifty years after former prime minister Harold Holt vanished from a Victorian beach, he remains best known for his disappearance, not his politics.
Labor says the result in the Bennelong by-election shows there are enough people willing to switch their votes that it has a chance at the next federal poll.
Politicians will pay tribute to former Australian prime minister Harold Holt 50 years after he disappeared while swimming at a Victorian beach.
Thousands of homes in California are threatened by a raging wildfire that's now the state's third-largest on record as fresh evacuations were ordered.
The driver of a French school bus involved in a collision with a train, killing five children, has told authorities the gates at the level crossing were open.
John Alexander has won the Bennelong by-election, keeping Malcolm Turnbull's parliamentary majority intact and giving the prime minister a new lease on life.
A royal commission has warned child sexual abuse is not a problem from the past, prompting calls for urgent action from governments and institutions.
Buildings, including hospitals, have been badly damaged or collapsed in a magnitude-6.9 earthquake off Indonesia's Java island that killed three people.
Liberal candidate John Alexander has declared his win in the Bennelong by-election a "renaissance" of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.
Star Labor candidate in the Bennelong by-election Kristina Keneally claims the party is "energised" despite her loss in the high-stakes poll.
The prospect of Kristina Keneally heading to the Senate to replace Sam Dastyari has been floated again after her loss in Bennelong.