Tony Abbott's weeklong will-he or won't-he on an iron ore inquiry befuddled the industry, business figures and many of his most senior colleagues.

The State Government released figures last weekend showing the economic impact of The Giants project during the Perth International Arts Festival — and what staggering figures they were.

Next week, about one million Australian children will spend several hours over three days working their way through national reading, writing, spelling, grammar and maths tests.

The nation needs to talk about tax. That’s not a new proposition. Every incoming government seems to think it’s a good idea to conduct endless reviews, and the tax system is often at the top of the list.

In November 2005, seven months after the Bali Nine had been caught attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin from Indonesia to Australia, an Australian press pack gathered in the foyer of a posh hotel in Busan, South Korea.

The imminent executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan provide the greatest test for Indonesia-Australia relations since the East Timor crisis in 1999.

Complaints about the standard of service and the cost of fares have dogged the WA taxi industry for years but it may take an interloper in the form of ride-sharing company Uber to finally push the industry into the 21st century.

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