Defence core of PM's push to seal China ties - The Aus; WA Treasury boss attacks mining tax - The West; China monitors Karara - The Fin; Land plan to cut house prices - The West; Abbott's NBN to cost $17bn less - The Fin
Bloodletting after Labor farce - The Fin; Walk-on call to non-runner - The Aus; Media packages get the axe - The West; Policy imperils $530m energy funds - The Fin; BJD splits WA pastoralists - The West
The federal government's plan for a public interest media advocate to oversee media mergers and press standards is on the brink of collapse after independent MP Andrew Wilkie ruled out backing Labor legislation.
Oil and gas industry groups say the federal government's move to impose tougher environmental checks on coal seam gas and large coal mines is unnecessary, unwelcome and could contribute to rising energy costs.
Labor slumps as campaign starts - The Aus; Buswell rejects changes to mining tax - The Fin; Minister bows to green protests against oil giants - The Aus; Cowan accuses Grylls of sell-out - The West; Unions up ante on FLNG Browse proposal - The West