At 8.40am on Tuesday, just minutes after Julie Bishop had publicly backed a China extradition treaty and walked into a meeting of the leadership group, Bill Shorten rang Malcolm Turnbull.
James Massola, Tom McIlroy, Fergus Hunter A Turnbull government plan to ratify the China-Australia extradition treaty has collapsed, with mounting opposition from the Coalition backbench causing the government to withdraw the treaty from Parliament.
Peter Hannam Cyclone Debbie hammers a region of Great Barrier Reef that had escaped the worst of recent coral bleaching.
Paul McGeough After being burnt in a failed effort to overhaul healthcare, the Trump administration is making clear that it wants to own the first makeover of the US tax code in more than 30 years.
Michael Koziol, political reporter Australia's Minister for International Development has fired a warning shot to the region.
Mark Kenny National Affairs Editor The government says it supports an extradition treaty with Beijing because it will ensure Chinese criminals are sent back to China, where they belong. And it maintains that righteous enthusiasm right up until suddenly, it's gone.And so, another column in the facade of orderly, government, topples to populist whimsy.Cory Bernardi's power as a rookie independent, just got a pretty big kick-along. The government's prestige, not so much.
David Wroe, national security correspondent In her strongest remarks yet on Donald Trump, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the US President is "driving an economic nationalist agenda", indicating his policies are considered an economic threat to Australia.
Steven Trask Australia's decision to uphold a ban on nicotine use in electronic cigarettes has been criticised by doctors as "unethical" and "unscientific".
Doug Dingwall The government has scrapped measures to let the Veterans' Affairs Department release client information after veterans voiced fears the move would open them to harassment and silence criticism.
Adam Gartrell, Political Correspondent Politicians will face stricter tests before they can charge taxpayers for travel expenses under a new tranche of Turnbull government changes in legislation to be introduced next week.