The chair of parliament’s powerful security and intelligence committee has warned Australia against underestimating China, pointing to the experience of Europe in the face of an aggressive Nazi Germany.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called for cool heads as the United States and China lock horns over currency and tariffs in an ongoing trade war.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has poured cold water on the prospect of US ground-based missiles being deployed in northern Australia.
A Liberal backbencher has urged his party to increase the dole, backing calls from former prime minister John Howard and the Reserve Bank to raise the Newstart rate.
The devastating drought across Australia’s east has reached uncharted territory, with the weather bureau officially declaring it the Murray Darling Basin’s worst dry spell.
Clive Palmer’s party is bullish about winning up to six Senate seats, with a likely Liberal preference deal boosting the controversial businessman’s chances of re-entering federal parliament.