Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has cited the uncertainty about Donald Trump's foreign policy as one reason why Australia needs to bolster its home-grown defence industry.
Mark Kenny National Affairs Editor Local beef producers have won unfettered access to the giant Chinese domestic market for the first time, in a commercial breakthrough that gives Australia a unique level of entree denied to all other countries until now. But the resolution of Australia's beef over beef exports came with a gentle reminder to Canberra, and other regional neighbours, that China will not back down on the South China Sea and regards its outposts in international waters as its sovereign territory.
James Massola, Michael Gordon The Turnbull government has hand-balled responsibility for protecting people facing big pay cuts on Sundays and public holidays to the Fair Work Commission, effectively guaranteeing Labor and the union movement will mount a ferocious industrial relations campaign all the way until the next election.
Michael Koziol, Political reporter ""Inciting hatred against any part of the Australian community is always dangerous," Malcolm Turnbull said.
James Massola, Chief Political Correspondent A China-Australia extradition treaty 10 years in the making looks set to be killed off in the Senate next week with Labor, the Greens and the crossbench expected to team up to stop ratification.
Kelsey Munro A Chinese community organisation headed by property developer and political donor Huang Xiangmo has denied offering thousands of free lunches to Chinese Australians to entice them to rally in support Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on his visit to Australia this week, saying the turnout was a "spontaneous voluntary rally".
Louise Hall A man who defaced the NSW Police Wall of Remembrance suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was under a delusion he was being pursued by the government, a court has heard.
Mark Kenny, National Affairs Editor Politicians normally avoid airing their dirty linen in public but for Australia's longest governing leader, it was actually a laundry incident that nearly brought him undone.
Kate Aubusson Two children and a young woman contracted measles and spent time in western Sydney while infectious
James Robertson On Sydney's southern tip at Burraneer, Harry Magiros and Vicki Weeks are engaged in what could be, statistically, Sydney's most epic neighbourly dispute.
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