More than 2.6 million Australians will get a $40 weekly pay rise from July 1 following a decision by the Fair Work Commission.
The national electricity market has been suspended as the market operator says it has become impossible to operate within the rules.
The Nadesalingams welcomed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to central Queensland after returning home to Biloela.
South Australian Murray River irrigators will get their full water entitlements from July after good inflows over the past three months.
FAIR WORK COMMISSION MINIMUM WAGE DECISIONKEY DETAILS:* The national minimum wage will rise by 5.2 per cent, or $40 a week, to help Australia's lowest-paid workers keep up with rising living costs.
Traditional owners will proceed with legal action to block construction of a nuclear waste dump in South Australia amid federal government plans to begin earthworks at the proposed site.
Queenslanders are being asked to turn down their heaters again with electricity generators refusing to supply enough power for the next two nights.
Casino operator Star Entertainment will be scrutinised by another independent probe after the Queensland government announced a review into its suitability to hold a licence.
Energy Minister Chris Bowen is confident the east coast can avoid blackouts and load-shedding because of the swift action of regulators.
Amber Heard says she doesn't blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $US10 million ($A14 million) after a contentious six-week libel trial in her first post-verdict interview.