- Legal challenge warning over Senate inquiry into Queensland Government
There could be a legal challenge to the wide-ranging Senate committee established into the Queensland Government if senators try to compel politicians to give evidence, a leading constitutional law expert says.
The Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens have combined to set up the six-month select committee into Premier Campbell Newman's administration.
The inquiry has broad terms of reference to look into, among other things, the use of Commonwealth funds and development and environmental approvals, including for coal seam gas projects.
- Health officials confirm first case of Ebola in US
The United States diagnoses its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention says.
- Network costs and confusing fees add to power bill pain
Consumers are being slugged with rising electricity bills boosted by big network costs and confusing fees from energy retailers, according to a new report.
- Over 2 million Australians risk defaulting on basic debts, report warns
More than two million Australians risk defaulting on their basic household debts over the next year, a report out today warns.
According to an annual scorecard from the credit reference agency Veda, the bills in the too-hard basket include small ones for gas, electricity and mobile phones.
The study also says 500,000 people have jeopardised their credit-worthiness by lying or intentionally omitting information from their credit applications.
- Chloe inquest told mother was drunk and wandered off
An inquest into Chloe Valentine's death has been told the girl was left with a teenager after her drunk mother wandered off and could not be found.
- Lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach
US lawmakers have scolded the head of the US Secret Service over a security breach that allowed a knife-wielding intruder to run deep into the White House, and director Julia Pierson has promised them it will never happen again.
- Kurds backed by air strikes reclaim territory from IS
Kurdish peshmerga troops backed by warplanes have made advances against the Islamic State group on three fronts in northern Iraq, reclaiming land they lost to the jihadists in recent months.
- Muslim footballer's praying penalty wrong, NFL concedes
The National Football League has admitted Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalised for sliding on his knees and bowing in prayer after scoring a touchdown.
- Hong Kong protests to escalate on China's National Day
Protests in Hong Kong may spread to other districts on Wednesday with more people expected to join the pro-democracy rally on China's national public holiday.
- Axing ABC shows would be lazy: Turnbull
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no need for the ABC to make cuts to programming in response to funding losses.
- Olympic champion Michael Phelps arrested for DUI
Olympic swimming superstar Michael Phelps has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.