Australians with private health insurance are being promised simpler policies, more affordable premiums and easier access to mental healthcare from next year, but critics say the shake-up will mean little difference for families and older Australians.
The nation's leaders have agreed to a host of new counter-terrorism measures, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull insists are needed to keep Australians safe.
Greens senator Scott Ludlam is leaving federal parliament after finding out he was improperly elected more than a decade ago.
They came closer than ever to an Olympic medal in Rio, but that was no consolation for a gutted Australian men's basketball team.
Three-time NBA champion Luc Longley believes Patty Mills deserves to be a starting point guard at San Antonio - or elsewhere.
A year ago, almost to the day, Patty Mills had had enough of his Australian teammates simply wondering about their prospects at the Rio Olympics.