Nicole Hasham 8:14 PM The Abbott government is under pressure to explain why the Australian Border Force ruined a complex police-led operation in Melbourne by implying people would be randomly stopped for visa checks.
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Lisa Cox 10:07 AM Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he does not believe Dyson Heydon should stand down as the head of the royal commission into trade unions.
Lisa Cox Two senior ministers have backed Treasurer Joe Hockey's decision to lead a parliamentary group that will revive debate about an Australian republic.
Comment & Analysis
Peter FitzSimons In the 21st century it is against the natural order of things that a mature and sophisticated, nation like Australia, should still be finding our head of state from one family of English aristocrats.
Peter Hartcher The Prime Minister says he's thinking about the American request to attack IS in Syria. But is it a good idea?
Peter Reith Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie has had a dream start, while Labor's Lisa Singh has not. The contrast is instructive.
Donald K. Anton George Brandis' recently announced plans to repeal a key provision in the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 – a provision that allows the public to challenge the legality of decisions made by government – cannot stand scrutiny.
Wendy Squires I am not someone who appreciates being told to toe the company line, to shelve my own beliefs for yours, or to turn a blind eye to the pain and injustice of others.
John Birmingham Think of me and all the jokes I don't have to spend much time working on every day, as Toned Abs does the heavy lifting of bumbling foolishness and cartoon villainy.
Mark Kenny No matter who decided it was a good idea for the Australian Border Force to team up with police to randomly intercept citizens in Melbourne to undertake random visa checks this weekend, it is a very bad look for the government.
Tony Wright It was a cunning smokescreen. Had to be. Why else would the high command of the feared and fabulously coutured Border Force come up with something called Operation Fortitude?
Reckon you're a political junkie? Here's 10 questions, 10 chances to prove yourself.
In recent months Christopher Pyne the moderate has been blossoming in plain sight. No longer just Pyne the parliamentary attack dog, but a tribal Liberal with a bleeding heart.
Lisa Cox The revelations, the claims of bias, and the future of the royal commission.
In the 21st century it is against the natural order of things that a mature and sophisticated, nation like Australia, should still be finding our head of state from one family of English aristocrats.
Boston shows the way forward, with Republicans and Democrats putting aside partisan difference for the long-term betterment of the economy and community.
If we want to keep our hand in the overflowing picnic basket, we may need to rethink not just farming and land use, but also the political map.
Domestic politics isn't the only reason the government is considering bombing IS fighters inside Syria, explains Peter Hartcher.
Tony Abbott visits Cape York during his week in Indigenous communities.
Was it Tony Abbott or Barack Obama who first suggested lifting Australia’s involvement in the Iraq/Syria war against Islamic State militants?
Stephanie Peatling The Australian Republic Movement is starting to get active again. But does anyone care?
Why pick now, of all times, to cut income tax? Bracket creep - Joe Hockey's stated reason for wanting to cut rates - is at a record low.
The big NBN blowout asks the question anew: was it worth scrapping Labor's full-blown project?
It was a heart-warming beginning to an extraordinary judicial hearing, where a lion of the Australian law was excoriated by legal counsel for Australia's trade unions as unfit to preside over a royal commission.
The lack of outrage is a fascinating insight into the fact that when you're up in politics, you're really up.
With storm clouds gathering over his leadership, only one man can save Prime Minister Tony Abbott now.
I am not someone who appreciates being told to toe the company line, to shelve my own beliefs for yours, or to turn a blind eye to the pain and injustice of others.
Mark Kenny The WA by-election will be a tough one but, it presents the PM with an unlikely opportunity.