Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham has confirmed the Abbott Government is considering the future of the National Water Commission.
An Abbott government proposal to have disability support pensioners independently reviewed has won the cautious backing of the Australian Medical Association, which says it can be hard for doctors to reject patients' claims they cannot work.
Women on the full age pension will be hit hardest if the Abbott government changes the way the payment is indexed.
The NSW Liberal party is being divided by an attempt to push its most senior female minister out of cabinet because of her age.
Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.
Labor has been quick to attack the Premier Mike Baird over his conservative Christian social values, seeking to exploit any chink in the armour of the new Liberal leader.
Thousands of disability pensioners would be examined by independent doctors
Thousands of disability pensioners would be examined by independent doctors to see whether they are still entitled to their pensions, under dramatic changes being considered by Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews.
Two weeks after receiving the bottle of Grange Hermitage that would lead to his resignation as premier, Barry O'Farrell was preparing to appoint the man who bought the extravagant gift, businessman Nick Di Girolamo, to a well-paid position on a government board.
Mike Baird says he is a Premier who will govern ''for everyone in NSW'' and that his ties to the business community will not lead to him running government that pursues ''efficiency for efficiency's sake''.
RIVERINA: A man and a woman have been charged with the murder of Rodney Willis.