The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion and a peak in debt of more than $400 billion.
A tank holding more than a million litres of radioactive slurry burst at the weekend.
The Abbott government has confidential documents that show it would cost less than $150 million extra a year to keep Holden in Australia until 2025, says former industry minister Kim Carr.
Families with one child in full-time day care are devoting about 9 per cent of their disposable incomes to childcare fees even though the federal government spends more than $5 billion a year subsiding parents.
The government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.
Emily Jehne and Ellie Filler made history as they shared their first kiss as a married couple in a quiet backyard at the weekend.
Former Reserve Bank governor wants the government to retain an independent climate body.
Labor had set aside $300 million to boost the wages of 30,000 childcare workers.
Senior Coalition minister Mathias Cormann has urged unnamed colleagues to "back off" from making attacks on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff Peta Credlin in the media.
Former Reserve Bank governor Bernie Fraser has called on the government to retain an independent climate advisory body as it unwinds Labor-era carbon policy, and has challenged claims it would get similar advice from other public servants.
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