Victoria remains core Labor territory. New South Wales, once Labor's heartland, has shifted its tectonic plate towards the Coalition. Queensland and Western Australia are the Coalition's solid loyalists while most Tasmanians voted for Labor to govern Australia, even though it won just one of their five seats.
Australia’s intelligence watchdog can find no records of a former spy raising concerns about bugging during oil and sea gas negotiations.
Australia have been pitted alongside Spain, The Netherlands and Chile for the 2014 World Cup.
Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.
The New Zealand Breakers crashed to their seventh defeat of the NBL season but pushed runaway league leaders the Wildcats to the limit at Perth Arena on Friday night.
In what has been described as one of the worst instances of child abuse seen in Australia, 12 children ranging in age from five to 16 years old have been permanently removed from an extended family in south-west NSW, where they were living on a farm in primitive conditions in what appears to be an incestuous community.
Cricketer Brett Lee only needs to walk down the street in India for crowds to form - and this popularity is setting the pace for a successful new business career in the country.
The conflict between environmentalists and graziers in Victoria rages on, writes Stuart Rintoul.
The Brimble inquest showed Jacqueline Milledge is not afraid to speak her mind or follow her instincts - qualities that might have cost her the top job of state coroner. Natasha Wallace reports.
Jamie Whincup ramped up his V8 Supercars title defence on Friday, topping the practice sheets and landing a psychological blow on his competitors on the opening day of the season-ending Sydney 500 at Homebush. Not that he's treating the result as a mental advantage.