Treasurer Joe Hockey has let slip that the government debt could rise to more than half a trillion dollars - a figure that exceeds previous expectations by some $50 billion.
Indonesia's agriculture minister has urged his nation's cattle importers to boycott Australian beef as a result of the phone-tapping row.
Manchester City fought back from two goals down to earn a 3-2 win at Bayern Munich on Tuesday and break the holders' record 10-match Champions League winning streak.
Johannesburg: Nondumiso Ndzamela is 23. She was born the year Nelson Mandela left prison, and she was just four when he brought democracy to her homeland and freedom to her family.
It was a family affair at Sydney's harness racing corruption trial: the champion driver Greg Bennett, accused of bribing a steward; his dad, Jim, the trainer with 50 years in the game; and the driver's brother-in-law, a retired school teacher who crunched the statistics to show Bennett drove plenty of winners for other trainers.
What's going on inside the Abbott government regarding Holden? And for that matter, what's going on in Detroit, where the company's future is actually to be determined?
People smugglers are telling asylum seekers that bad diplomatic relations between Australia and Indonesia mean the route by boat to Christmas Island is once again open for business.
The Abbott government has thrown the childcare sector into disarray by asking providers to 'do the right thing' and hand back $62.5 million given to them by the former Labor government for wage increases.
Several massive resource projects have been approved on the Great Barrier Reef coast by the federal government including the dredging and dumping of spoil near the reef and a new coal export terminal.