A report in The Wall Street Journal has added to speculation that General Motors has already decided to end production of Holden cars in Australia.
The deal between the Abbott government and the Greens to abolish Australia's debt ceiling has been approved in the Senate.
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.
Australia's greenhouse gas emissions fell more than 2 per cent on an annual basis in the three months to June, undermining the Abbott government's claims the carbon tax was having no impact on pollution.
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.
A tank holding more than a million litres of radioactive slurry burst at the weekend.
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.
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.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed Australia will again monitor Japanese whalers over the new year, as the fleet sails for its annual hunt.
Emily Jehne and Ellie Filler made history as they shared their first kiss as a married couple in a quiet backyard at the weekend.
Celebrations from across Northern Tasmania.
Stan Siejka Cycling Classic. Photos by Scott Gelston
A BEACONSFIELD man is dead after the state's second fatal motorcycle crash in as many days.
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Tasmania Police are warning of the dangers of using synthetic drugs designed to replicate the effects of cannabis.