The Turnbull government has avoided an all-out brawl with the states and territories over its signature power policy, securing agreement from most energy ministers that more work will be done on the proposed national energy guarantee.
Leading strategic scholars have backed what they say is a hard-headed and realistic new foreign policy blueprint, with one expert saying the strong security focus is "a sign of the times".
Logging has been suspended at 34 sites in Victoria following a legal challenge that, if successful, threatens the validity of controversial timber operations in native forests across Australia.
Threats to Malcolm Turnbull's authority appear to be mounting as rebel Nationals accelerate moves to create a commission of inquiry into banks, and as Cabinet ministers turn on each other in the search for a traitor.
Mitch Fifield has come under fire for potentially allowing a public service to be sold-off to leave farmers and non-metropolitan Australians digitally disadvantaged.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will call in Australia's banks on Thursday in a bid to head off a backbench push for a banking royal commission.
The urge to get between a camera lens and a furry animal becomes unbearable for many politicians nearing the end of a wearying election campaign, and Queensland Premier Annastacia??? Palaszczuk??? succumbed on Thursday.
Australia's first foreign policy blueprint in 14 years calls for greater ambition in "shaping the character of our region" by keeping the United States involved, reaching out to like-minded democracies and stopping major powers such as China and Russia pushing others around.
About 50 men leave the decommissioned site after police enter the compound, but more than 300 are still refusing to leave.