Around the country the painful process of showing people the door unfolded.
Melbourne has been named the best city in Australia to study in and second best in the world, ahead of London, New York and Hong Kong.
A 14-year-old Islamic State supporter yelled abuse at Christian school students and flew the terrorist group's flag through western Sydney just two days before his family were targeted in sweeping counter-terrorism raids.
Tevita Kuridrani's breakout season is over after the barnstorming outside centre suffered an ankle injury against Ireland.
Australia have been hit with another injury scare with Steve Smith joining Michael Clarke in the casualty ward 10 days before the first Test against India.
A senior Melbourne ABC journalist has criticised cuts to the national broadcaster saying they had ignored "the elephant in the room" - the ABC's loss-making ABC News 24.
Three people were struck by lightning and almost 15,000 homes and businesses lost power across a wide area of Sydney when a fierce thunderstorm hit Sydney on Monday afternoon.