David Warner is closing in on his third consecutive Test ton, but Australia have little margin for error if they are to avoid a shock defeat.
The barrister for the Sydney student who leaked information about a fashion school scholarship awarded to the Prime Minister's daughter has asked the court to not record a conviction.
The NSW government has sought to distance itself from claims by the state Treasurer that Sydney's 41 councils should be reduced to just five.
One of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's three sisters has joined the chorus of condemnation of against the federal government's decision to green light a plan for a privately owned aged-care facility on public parklands at Middle Head.
The federal government has given the green light to a controversial proposal to convert former Defence buildings on Middle Head into an aged-care facility, sparking a storm of protest from local opponents who say it will effectively privatise a section of public parklands.
The Australian Taxation Office says it has now cut over 500 jobs from its crucial auditing team as it tries to meet the federal government's budget cuts.
MORRIS LURIE, 1938-2014
Australia's Muslim community is gearing up for its largest-ever open day