Dozens of top public service jobs at the giant Department of Human Services are sitting vacant.
Australia has started delivering equipment to the Afghan military to counter improvised explosive devices.
Australia's Privacy Commissioner has questioned whether phone and internet providers should be required to store customer metadata for as long as two years.
Crews, north and south of Perth, are mopping up and monitoring the scenes of two fires that destroyed 1700 hectares of plantation and bushland on Tuesday and Wednesday.
More than 17,000 homes remained without power at 8am on Thursday morning after a thunderstorm lashed the metropolitan area.
Punters believe it is more likely than not that Prime Minister Tony Abbott will face a leadership ballot before the next election.
One of Tony Abbott's frontbenchers is urging the city-based Prime Minister to stop reacting to the "texting, latte-sipping, keyboard warriors who frequent the tapas bars of Sydney and Melbourne" and visit a country pub to get an "honest appraisal" of how the government can improve.
A 40-year-old man died after his motorcycle collided with a car in Ellenbrook on Wednesday afternoon.
Baby Bingle could overshadow Baby Cambridge II.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary defence of Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring the Prime Minister should be held accountable for his own mistakes.