The Tasmanian Government walks away from a controversial plan to lift the legal smoking age to as high as 25.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull delays announcing whether Kevin Rudd will be put forward as a candidate to become the world's top diplomat, after a meeting of federal Cabinet.
The alleged paedophile previously questioned over the disappearance of missing toddler William Tyrell will try to stop a NSW Supreme Court trial on unrelated allegations of child sexual abuse going ahead.
At least another 100,000 affordable homes must be made available over the next two decades to combat homelessness among moderate income earners, a community housing forum in Sydney is told.
A North Korean student in Hong Kong for an international math contest is reportedly seeking asylum in the South Korean consulate located in the city.
Protesters in Seoul are carried away by police as they try to disrupt the opening of a Tokyo-funded foundation for women forced to work in Japanese wartime brothels.