An adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on climate policy has attacked Australia's complacency on global warming and described the Abbott government's championing of the coal industry as an economic "suicide strategy".
James Hird will be removed as coach of Essendon in the coming days.
Mystery surrounds the background of the Australian Rugby Union official at the centre of the latest Kurtley Beale incident, which has had the troubled star dropped from the squad to play Argentina on Sunday.
James Hird has lodged an appeal with the Federal Court.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has killed off a plan proposed by Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate president Stephen Parry that would require women wearing burqas to be separated from the public and forced to sit with schoolchildren in a glassed-off area of federal Parliament's public galleries.
As we fight the Islamic State and other extremists, there's something President Barack Obama and all of us can learn from them.
Large multinational corporations are unlikely to be calling the removalists just yet after Thursday's announcement that the Senate will examine the adequacy of tax laws.
James Hird's solo move to appeal his unfavourable Federal Court finding has cast further uncertainty on the proceedings against 34 current and retired AFL players who stand accused of banned drug use.
Muslim women who wear the burqa into federal parliament will be banned from watching proceedings from regular public galleries and will be forced to sit in glass enclosures instead.