Major General Craig Furini becomes the fourth commander of operations aimed at preventing asylum seekers reaching Australia.
The auditor-general says the process behind the 2016 sale of Ausgrid meant NSW taxpayers may have missed out on "value for money" — a deal the NSW Labor Party has labelled "secretive" and "horrible".
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, facing defeat on a bill to get more refugees off Manus Island and Nauru, vows any attempt to change asylum seeker policies will threaten Australia's national security.
Serious discrepancies are emerging over the status of Australia's biggest ever defence project, with Defence Minister Christopher Pyne rejecting reports of extra costs and construction time.
The ABC understands Defence recently offered a two-year extension and a 25 per cent cost increase to the French company building the submarines, as it tries to lock in a crucial final agreement for the $50 billion project.
Scott Morrison faces pushback in his quest to have new encryption legislation passed by the end of the final sitting week of the year, while the prospect of a High Court referral hangs over his colleague Peter Dutton in what will be a testing week for the minority Government.
A Supreme Court judge has been helping the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force investigate the conduct of Special Forces soldiers and now the AFP has confirmed it will launch its own investigation.