In just one night, the security threat level at the national Parliament went from business as usual to red alert.
A mother has been sentenced to jail for sending sexually explicit photos of her children to the director of the now defunct Sydney dance studio RG Dance.
The greatest danger workers at Parliament House usually face is indigestion from a dodgy bain-marie casserole. So, even after Thursday's terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane, it came as a shock to Canberrans when they awoke to the screaming tabloid headlines: "PLAN TO ATTACK OUR PARLIAMENT."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his government's move to bolster anti-terror powers for spy agencies, saying he was determined to "err on the side of keeping the community safe".
A casual but noticeable police presence was visible on city streets on Friday morning at the start of Operation Hammerhead, a round-the-clock effort to bolster security in major public areas.
Muslim leaders say Cory Bernardi and Jacqui Lambie are assisting Islamic State recruit potential terrorists in Australia with their "divisive and inflammatory" statements on burqas and sharia.
Unauthorised absences blamed on dietary requirements.
The former general manager of Burwood Council, Pat Romano, who used $44,000 in council funds to spy on his wife and then lied about it at a corruption hearing, sobbed in the witness box during his sentencing hearing.
Global growth had been "disappointing" this year, according to World Bank president Dr Jim Yong Kim, who counted Europe's woes, reforms in Japan and the impact on emerging markets of the end of monetary easing in the US among the world's greatest economic challenges.
A rally in bank stocks on Friday was not enough to lift the Australian sharemarket out of its doldrums as stocks fell for the fourth week in a row.