The remote state known for its crocodiles, steamy hot weather and unpredictable politics might finally join the rest of Australia in its quest to become the country's seventh state.
Mark Kenny A new "co-operative" Tony Abbott has won the praise of political opponents for allowing consideration of tough policy options including an increase to the GST while convening a meeting of state and territory leaders dubbed the most productive in decades.
Nick Ralston Police investigating the murder of teacher Stephanie Scott have searched an irrigation chanel outside the Riverina town where she lived for further evidence.
Peter Hannam Another burst of wintry cold is heading Sydney's way - but not before the mildest run of weather so far this month.
Sarah Whyte Australia is heading towards a "US style" healthcare system, the president of the Australian Medical Association has warned, saying the behaviour of private health insurance giant Medibank is "offensive".
James Massola and Rick Feneley Labor backbencher and former speaker Anna Burke warns voters may abandon the party following Mr Shorten's decision.
Jane Lee Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he would prefer to raise the GST than the Medicare levy, as all the states and territories agreed that more revenue needed to be raised through taxes.
Paul Bibby A woman who disappeared from the state's west more than 15 years ago told a friend she needed to borrow money urgently because someone was going to kill her, a coroner has heard.
Brittany Ruppert If she were any other 70-something year old, you could laugh it off as a classic case of 'nans on Facebook'.
Nicole Hasham Labor leader Bill Shorten's backflip on turning back asylum seeker boats opens the party to claims of hypocrisy, and is at odds with the ALP's long-standing opposition to the policy.