The Cinderella stories of Ita Vaea and Rory Arnold continue with two-year extensions to their ACT Brumbies contracts, but their Super Rugby fairytales are temporarily on hold due to injury and the return of flanker David Pocock.
Mark Kenny Anxious consumers have blamed the government as they close their wallets, deepening Joe Hockey's challenge of crafting a budget hit by plummeting iron ore revenue and by Tony Abbott's need for political recovery over budget repair.
Andrew Webster After battling personal demons Grant Hackett is back in the pool for the first time in six years.
Mark Kenny The prospect of a breakthrough on the contentious tax treatment of superannuation earnings has moved a step closer with Labor extending a rare offer of bipartisanship to a cash-strapped government.
Chris Roots Melbourne trainer Mick Price doesn't take anything about the first day of The Championships for granted and his assessment of his horses heading to Randwick on Saturday was interesting.
James Massola The union official who began a push to expel Labor veteran Martin Ferguson from the ALP believes the official story of how the Twin Towers in New York were brought down on September 11, 2001 is a conspiracy that does not stand up to scientific scrutiny.
Matthew Knott The ANRA says the federal government policy review's recommendations would have a "chilling effect on competition".
Kate Aubusson Admiral Harry Harris' remarks have been described as alarmist and without foundation.
Rupert Guinness The Australian Rugby Union is confident its new policy allowing select players to take overseas sabbaticals will help retain talent in the long term, but they are also concerned it could see some burn out as they pursue back-to-back seasons without enough rest in between.
Adam Pengilly Jonathon Wood will celebrate his birthday at Randwick on Saturday as the part owner of Royal Descent after winning the Own A Champion competition.