The Liberal Party has triumphed in Tasmania but South Australia remains too close to call after weekend state elections.
South Australian opposition leader Steven Marshall has rejected suggestions the presence of Tony Abbott in the state may have denied him victory.
Will Hodgman has been elected Tasmanian premier in a crushing victory over Labor, ending 16 years of ALP-led governments.
Friends and family have welcomed home more than 200 navy personnel after a drug and piracy detection mission in the Middle East.
HMAS Melbourne has returned to Sydney after a six-month deployment to the Middle East.
Victory by the Liberal Party in state elections in South Australia and Tasmania would see coast-to-coast conservative governments in Australia.
The prime minister's electorate will be one of the last stops on a nationwide tour to drum up support for the Gonski education reforms.
More than a million South Australians are about to let their state's politicians and political hopefuls know the seating arrangements for the next Parliament.
By the end of this year, all the communities on the Tiwi Islands will have signed 99-year township leases, helping them unlock economic benefits.
The Coalition has blamed the carbon tax for crippling Australia's aluminium industry.
Smoking, sex, socialism and shooting are among the causes being fought for in the WA senate election.