Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reacted angrily to a menu including "Julia Gillard Quail" at an opposition fundraising dinner.
Australian TV personality Rolf Harris has been named as one of those arrested regarding Operation Yewtree.
Some 20 people are injured after several tornadoes tore through caravan parks in southern Australia.
Crowds of revellers have been celebrating the annual St Patrick's Day parade on the streets of Sydney, Australia.
Around 60,000 people were expected to take part in the city's celebrations of Australia's Irish heritage, according to local media reports.
When a British holidaymaker was filmed grappling with a shark in Australia, the footage went around the world and Paul Marshallsea was hailed a hero.
But back in Britain, when his bosses watched the video they did not have quite the same reaction. Mr Marshallsea was on sick leave - and has now been sacked for breach of trust.
ITV News reporter Nick Thatcher:
A Welsh grandfather who was hailed a hero after pulling a shark away from children on a beach in Queensland says he has now been sacked from his job, because he was on sick leave when he made the brave intervention.
Paul Marshallsea from Merthyr Tydfil says he was shocked to return home from Australia to find he was being dismissed from his job working with young people, after bosses saw footage of his encounter with the shark.
A team of wing walkers performed acrobatic stunts on plane while it flew over Australia's Sydney Harbour.
Sarah Tanner from the UK based Breitling Wing Walker display team said: "We're girls that stand on the top wing and perform handstands as the planes leap and roll through the skies".
According to the newspaper, police have denied reports that they shot the gunman, who has been taken to hospital in an ambulance.
A police media spokesperson told the newspaper:
It wasn't bullets, it wasn't rubber bullets, it wasn't a Taser.
There was not blood everywhere, as has been reported.
The publication said an "altercation with a gunman" led to the evacuation of thousands of people from the mall.
According to the newspaper police had confirmed the man, believed to be in his 20s, was speaking to the police.
Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said the man was acting by himself and had no hostages.
Floods have submerged areas of Queensland state in Australia, with many towns and cities seeing almost their annual average rainfall in the first two months of the year.
Ten people in the flood-affected area have been evacuated by helicopter.
Dozen of homes were flooded when Myall Creek in Dalby - a town 210 kilometres west of Brisbane - broke its banks.
The British backpacker who went missing in the Australian outback for three days and was "hours away from death" told ITV's Daybreak he reached "a desperate point" where he either wanted to be saved or succumb to the harsh conditions.
Sam Woodhead, 18, said rescue helicopters missed an SOS sign he had made from his rugby shorts and thought to himself on the third and final day he was missing, either "pick me up now or do me in."
The backpacker drank contact lens solution in a bid to stop himself from dehydrating.
His sister, Rebecca, said she expected a "great birthday present" from him and added that her promise of giving her brother a whack "still stands."
British backpacker Sam Woodhead said he felt “very fortunate to still be alive” after he was found in the Australian outback three days after going missing.
He said: “I’m extremely grateful to anyone everyone who helped out in any shape or form… If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be here today.”