Parents would be forced to spend their annual Schoolkids Bonus on uniforms, textbooks and other educational expenses, under a redesign promoted by a major charity and embraced by Senate crossbenchers.
For the self-effacing senator from the Motoring Enthusiasts Party, it's just a day out at the showgrounds with his family.
The federal government will contribute $1 million to the World Health Organization to help control the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Before he enters the makeshift hospital wards at Sierra Leone's Kailahun Ebola treatment centre - the largest of its kind in the world - Malcolm Hugo spends several minutes dressing for the job.
Only three weeks after a bitter split with the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party, controversial political "preference whisperer" Glenn Druery has emerged as a potential election candidate for a new party promoting cyclists' rights.
With big companies returning sizeable increases in returns it's good times for income-seeking shareholders
One of the secret blacklists kept by the Department of Immigration on registered migration agents and lawyers has been reproduced online, escalating calls for an inquiry and a possible class action against the department.
Runner-ups abound but there is no doubt that the best home to live in TV land is the Friends' cool Manhattan apartment, reckons Sarah Thomas.
A stand-out school receives praise for its innovation.
Two forward-thinking projects support the development of a skilled and sustainable future workforce.