Police will use new laws requiring customers' phone and internet records be stored for two years to target terrorists, child abusers and potentially illicit music and movie downloaders.
The federal government has reluctantly agreed to climate change being on the agenda at the G-20 summit in Brisbane - but discussions will come under the heading of energy efficiency.
The nation's capital city mayors have asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reform alcohol taxation, saying young men "preloading" on cheap wine before hitting city nightspots were behind much booze-fuelled violence.
A bid by Peter Slipper to produce fresh evidence in his fight against conviction will be blocked by the Commonwealth.
The purge of federal public service jobs will spare most immigration and customs staff as they prepare to form the new Australian Border Force.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Victorian Premier Denis Napthine will campaign together for the first time on Friday.
Pubilc servants concerned of more to come as Tony Abbott reshapes the senior executive ranks.
According to a leaked copy of a Coalition party room submission, the government admits there is a cost attached to data retention and it is anticipating a campaign against the laws that will describe it as an "internet tax".
Grandparents who raise their grandchildren, usually due to the death of a parent or substance abuse issues, need more help from the government, a parliamentary committee has recommended.
Seven out of 10 Australians support sending Australian health workers to West Africa to help tackle the deadly Ebola virus.