Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has flagged the revival of controversial four-way naval drills with the United States, India and Japan in a clear signal Australia is pushing back against growing Chinese assertiveness towards its neighbours.
Liam Mannix The newspaper mogul tweets that Tony Abbott is still by 'far the best alternative' for a 'beautiful country ... with large problems'.
James Massola Australia's peak Jewish group has rounded on Prime Minister Tony Abbott for suggesting Islamic State are worse than the Nazis.
Latika Bourke Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should urgently visit Australia to reset relations at the highest levels, a former Indonesian vice-foreign affairs minister says.
Nicole Hasham The New York Times has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government's asylum seeker policies, urging European leaders not to follow suit.
Mark Kenny Bill Shorten has moved to put the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement at centre-stage of the Canning byelection campaign while brushing off claims he is becoming politically isolated as a slew of Labor premiers and other senior figures back the plan.
Mark Kenny Tony Abbott never uses the words, Islamic State, or IS, or ISIS, or ISIL.
Heath Aston More than nine in ten domestic seafarers will lose their jobs if the Abbott government's plan to relax shipping regulations passes Parliament, research suggests.
Peter Martin The Australian dollar has dipped below 70 US cents twice in the last two days. Next time, it's set to stay below 70 and keep falling.
Lisa Cox, Mark Kenny The Liberal Party's star candidate in the Canning byelection, Andrew Hastie, has ruled out a discussion of his religious beliefs while campaigning with former prime minister John Howard.