The government has refused the Senate access to the secret text of the trade deal it is negotiating in Singapore, saying it will only be made public after it has been signed.
Families with one child in full-time day care are devoting about 9 per cent of their disposable incomes to childcare fees even though the federal government spends more than $5 billion a year subsiding parents.
A tank holding more than a million litres of radioactive slurry burst at the weekend.
Join Jesse Hogan for all the final day action from the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
The budget update to be unveiled next week will forecast a deficit of about $40 billion and a peak in debt of more than $400 billion.
The Abbott government has confidential documents that show it would cost less than $150 million extra a year to keep Holden in Australia until 2025, says former industry minister Kim Carr.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed Australia will again monitor Japanese whalers over the new year, as the fleet sails for its annual hunt.