More than half of the 40 players shortlisted for this year's All-Australian team are in contention for the first time.
The Abbott government has finally delivered on a key election promise and repealed the mining tax after striking a compromise with the Palmer United Party, but at a $6.5 billion hit over four years to the budget bottom line.
Rabbitohs star is free to play against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday.
Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season.
Turkey's Ambassador in Canberra blasts as "unfair" international calls to tighten the country's border with Syria to stem the flow of foreign jihadists.
Hamstrung Australian captain Michael Clarke has refused Darren Lehmann's request to keep his concerns about selection private.
The mining tax has been repealed after the Abbott government reached a deal with the Palmer United Party to scrap the tax but keep the associated compensation.
Paul Roos says Dean Terlich and Alex Georgiou face a club-imposed sanction for their Mad Monday prank.
It was the tax that dared not speak its name, mostly because, well, it didn't actually raise any real money. It is hard to hold your head high when your sole mission in life is to tithe, and instead you end up de-magnetising revenue like a pile of confused iron filings. When you are more laughing stock than levy. When you are unable to support the government spending measures you are supposed to fund, and when even your own father (former treasury boss Ken Henry) wonders publicly if there is any point to your existence at all.
The Wallabies have been the source of great pain and great satisfaction in Bryan Habana's glittering Test career.