Indonesia has moved to strengthen its intelligence apparatus in response to revelations that Australia tapped the phone of its President.
This is the text of the speech prepared by ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja for his maiden speech in Federal Parliament.
Zed Seselja will be a happy politician indeed if his Senate career continues as it began on Wednesday evening.
Greens Senator Scott Ludlam says his scrutineers have found 'handfuls' of wrongly assigned votes during the WA Senate recount.
The first ever Senate recount since the advent of below-the-line voting has begun in Perth.
Ousted Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has vowed to appeal the Australian Electoral Commission's decision to refuse requests for a recount of WA Senate votes.
Ousted Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is pushing for a Senate vote recount, after narrowly losing his seat to the Palmer United Party.
Senator Zed Seselja has begun talks to use only natural attrition to reduce the public service by 12,000.
Historic King's Hall at Old Parliament House will be used for the first time for the formal declaration of the ACT Senate race.
WA's Senate election result will be declared on Wednesday, with the Greens and the Australian Sports Party still looking likely to miss out after a nailbiting race.