Joe Hockey has reached an extraordinary last-minute deal with the Greens - once dubbed ''economic fringe dwellers'' by the government - to scrap Australia's $300 billion borrowing limit.
They are the postcards from Syria that look anything but picturesque.
A teenager from Sydney's south described by Usain Bolt's manager as ''white lightning'' will take the first step towards what could be athletic stardom in January by training alongside the fastest man on earth.
Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.
Australia may still be decades away from having its first indigenous prime minister, but there are plenty of willing candidates.
A hand-held ''bio pen'' developed in Wollongong will allow surgeons to draw regenerating bone material directly on to the body.
A CSIRO scientist's failure to show up for work led Australia's top scientific organisation to uncover a suspected spy in its ranks.
The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.
The former senior spy who blew the whistle on alleged Australian bugging of East Timor's government took his case to the intelligence watchdog but it did not investigate and advised him to get a lawyer if he wanted to take the matter further.
Australian students report high levels of noise and disruption in their classroom and at rates worse than the US or Britain, a factor which education experts say is linked to low levels of literacy and numeracy and is contributing to the country's worsening performance.