Why is this principle absent from Labor's platform?

James Massola 11:53 AM   Federal Labor has dropped any reference to non-refoulement, the principle which protects refugees from being returned to a country where they face harm, from its draft national platform.

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Ex-Treasury head hits out over 'non-debate'

Dr Martin Parkinson

Gareth Hutchens 7:49 AM   Former Treasury head Martin Parkinson (centre) has slammed the Abbott government and the Labor opposition for entrenching Australia in a "non-debate" about budget fairness on one hand, and ruling out much needed tax reforms on the other.

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Labor set to abandon Rudd's leadership rules

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd

Latika Bourke 12:00 PM   Labor has left the door open for the caucus to reverse Kevin Rudd's rule that makes it nearly impossible for the party's elected leader to be toppled in a midnight coup.

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Q&A host Tony Jones breaks his silence

#ICantAppearOnQandA became the top trending topic on Twitter on Monday afternoon.

David Wroe 7:21 AM   The ABC program Q&A did not know that controversial audience member Zaky Mallah had tweeted misogynistic messages about 'gangbanging' two female journalists, host Tony Jones has said.

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Jihad Gen Ys under microscope

A still from the YouTube propaganda video "Heirs of Glory" that features former Sydney preacher Mostafa Mahamad Farag.

David Wroe 7:54 PM   The average Australian jihadist is 25 years old, likely to be Australian-born and better educated than the previous generation of extremists of the 1990s and post-September 11 period, a top think-tank has found.

Life rated 7.6 out of 10 by Australians

Women were slightly more satisfied with life than men, according to the ABS survey.

Judith Ireland 7:11 PM   Australians are very satisfied with their lives, according to new research, but they are also feeling rushed, volunteering less and not playing as much sport.

Lodge renovations costs blow out to $8.8m

The Lodge in Canberra.

Tom McIlroy 11:30 PM   Refurbishment of the prime minister's official Canberra residence will cost taxpayers at least $5 million more than the original contract price and be completed a year later than expected. 

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US 'asked Jakarta to send troops to fight IS'

Indonesia's former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa said Jakarta felt sending troops to fight IS would have been ''cosmetic''.

David Wroe 7:35 PM   The US asked Indonesia to send troops to join the fight against IS in Iraq but declined because it feared a backlash among radical Muslims at home, Jakarta's former foreign minister has revealed.

Key Liberal fundraising body took Mafia cash 

Frank Madafferi.

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard, Sean Nicholls 5:33 AM   Mafia figures donated tens of thousands of dollars to the discredited NSW Liberal Party fundraising vehicle the Millennium Forum.

Red Cross blames cuts for aid program pullout

Red Cross

Sarah Whyte 9:32 PM   The Red Cross has been forced to desert its international volunteer program that operates in Asia, The Pacific and Africa, blaming the Abbott government's drastic cuts to the aid budget.

Q&A snub 'smacks of petulance': Coalition MP

Coalition MP Ewen Jones on Q&A boycotts: "Nothing is served by being silent, it smacks of petulance."

Latika Bourke 4:21 PM   Boycotting the ABC's Q&A program "smacks of petulance" and is counter-productive, says a government MP, criticising the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary for pulling out of the program.

Comment & Analysis

What we don't know about TPP may hurt us

A Japanese farmer holds a placard in a rally  against Trans-Pacific Partnership in Tokyo.

Peter Martin 12:37 AM   It's been given the thumbs-up by the US Senate, and Australia is set to buckle, possibly signing it within weeks. Only then, for better or worse, will we really know what's in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Prejudgment rife over Zaky Mallah affair

Jonathan Holmes

Jonathan Holmes 7:11 PM   There are currently three separate inquiries going on into the ABC's Q&A program. I wonder why they're all bothering: everyone, it seems, already knows the answers.

ABC bias won't come out in the whitewash

Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan   Asylum seekers, Muslims, same-sex marriage – ABC's editorial stance sounds like a broken record.

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Australia needs a unified government

Tim Dick.

Tim Dick   Australia might still be vast and the population still sparse, but it doesn't need nine governments.

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Why should we care about inequality?

Andrew Leigh dinkus Dinkus

Andrew Leigh   Dutch economist Jan Pen once suggested a simple way of visualising the extent of inequality in a society.

Democracy means even jerks get a say

Annabel Crabb.

Annabel Crabb   Prime Minister Tony Abbott can't seem to decide whether he favours free speech or not.

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Tabloid Tony rules

Tabloid instincts: Tony Abbott would have been aware that his "lefty lynch mob" line would be reported to journalists.

Michael Gordon   Don't discount this Prime Minister's ability to exploit the fear factor on national security for political gain.

Profiting from the trading post

Peter Hartcher dinkus

Peter Hartcher   He has sweet-talked the Chinese and now Andrew Robb is taking on India to seal the next bilateral deal.

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Terrorists and Reds: they're all under the bed

Anne Summers dinkus Dinkus

Anne Summers   The parallels between Tony Abbott's bid to strip dual-nationality alleged terrorists of their Australian citizenship and those of his political godfather, Robert Menzies, 55 fifty-five years ago to ban the Communist Party of Australia are almost unnerving.

The art of avoiding setting fire to your pants

Judith Ireland

Judith Ireland   Politicians are used to being insulted but they will never accept being called a liar.

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ABC a public broadcaster, not a state one

ABC

Mark Scott   Monday's edition of Q&A triggered very significant debate and controversy. A man who had been tried and acquitted of planning a terrorist attack, who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill ASIO officials, applied to be in the studio audience and to ask a question.

Early election rumours may be just that

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Mark Kenny   A quick poll must be tempting, but it would be hard to justify to voters.

Crime and banishment: a decision for judges

Australians such as Islamic State terrorist Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to have been killed in Iraq last week, are the sort of people who could justifiably be ostracised.

Simon Longstaff   Powerful measures will be needed to avoid making mistakes if we want to outlaw people.

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PM's security push used for political gain

Prime Minister Tony Abbott does "not want terrorists loose on our streets" but cancelled the passports of 80-odd Australians with plans to leave, presumably to join Islamic State.

Mark Kenny   The Abbott government has been caught red-handed, shamelessly using national security, the credibility of independent police and security agencies, and the fear of terrorism itself, as tools for Liberal Party gain.

Why Zaky Mallah was a gift for government

Zaky Mallah on Q&A.

Waleed Aly   Aggressive posturing, sledgehammer tactics, visceral emotion: the debate over citizenship laws is now so charged, even the slightest form of resistance is interpreted as seditious.

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The targeting of Mark Scott and the ABC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny   Beyond the unfortunate choice of words when Tony Abbott said "heads should roll" at the ABC over allowing a terrorist sympathiser to appear on its flagship Q&A program, there is the question of intent - on both sides.

The deceit behind the citizenship changes

Prime Minister Tony Abbott does "not want terrorists loose on our streets" but cancelled the passports of 80-odd Australians with plans to leave, presumably to join Islamic State.

Tom Allard   The Abbott government's bill to strip dual nationals of their citizenship from the moment they "fight for, or service" a terrorist organisation recalls the classic philosophical conundrum about trees falling in forests.

ABC cowers as politics of fear divide us

Q&A host Tony Jones ruled Zaky Mallah's comment "out of order".

Jonathan Holmes   The ABC has silenced its program-makers from saying anything in their defence, but has anybody actually looked at what Zaky Mallah stands for?

Deeply flawed citizenship law throws wide net

George Williams

George Williams   The bill may well be constitutional, but this does not mean it will produce a sound and sensible reform.

Mallah the latest in string of Q&A stunts

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Paul Sheehan   It should have been no surprise that Zaky Mallah used Q&A to blame the Abbott government for turning young Muslims into supporters of Islamic State.

Flawed Labor tactics fuel early election talk

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during question time on Tuesday.

Michael Gordon    For the second week running, Labor has bungled its question time strategy, eschewing substantial issues in order to pursue what John Howard used to call "cheapjack opportunism".

Special features

What we don't know may hurt us

Peter Martin It's been given the thumbs-up by the US Senate and Australia is set to buckle, possibly signing it within weeks. Only then, for better or worse, will we really know what's in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Prejudgment rife over Zaky Mallah affair

There are currently three separate inquiries going on into the ABC's Q&A program. I wonder why they're all bothering: everyone, it seems, already knows the answers.

The most radical PM since Whitlam?

Is Tony Abbott the conventional conservative we’ve always thought him to be? Or is he a Whitlam-style radical in disguise?

Citizen caned

Tom Allard When Coalition strategists were plotting tactics as they prepared to introduce citizenship amendments, they would not have dared imagine they would be presented with the gift that was Zaky Mallah..

Mark Scott: the ABC's man in the middle

Ann Davies There was a touch of a valedictory about the introduction from the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry's chief executive, Kate Carnell as she introduced ABC managing director Mark Scott to the podium on Thursday night.

Oruzgan dissolves into chaos after Australia exit

Paul McGeough As Taliban turmoil spreads across Oruzgan, the Afghan province that for a decade was home to Australian forces, corruption and incompetence have become the hallmarks of a fragile system of local governance that is crumbling.

Tabloid Tony rules

Michael Gordon Don't discount this Prime Minister's ability to exploit the fear factor on national security for political gain.

Question time: Our quiz on the week in politics

How much attention did you pay to the week in politics? Test yourself with our federal politics quiz.

Tony is scaring, Shorten sits on his hands

Rocco Fazzari and Denis Carnahan Terror, terrorism the ABC and Bill Shorten, followed by more terror, filled our airwaves and news pages this week.

Black spot? Turnbull finds the blackest

Tony Wright Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Telstra's CEO Andrew Penn could barely have found a blacker blackspot to announce the government's big new Mobile Blackspots Program.

Early election rumours may be just that

A quick poll must be tempting, but it would be hard to justify to voters.

ABC is a public broadcaster, not a state broadcaster

Mark Scott Monday's edition of Q&A triggered very significant debate and controversy. A man who had been tried and acquitted of planning a terrorist attack applied to be in the studio audience and to ask a question.

Why Zaky Mallah was a gift for the government

Waleed Aly Aggressive posturing, sledgehammer tactics, visceral emotion: the debate over citizenship laws is now so charged, even the slightest form of resistance is interpreted as seditious.

The targeting of Mark Scott and the ABC

Mark Kenny Beyond the unfortunate choice of words when Tony Abbott said "heads should roll" at the ABC over allowing a terrorist sympathiser to appear on its flagship Q&A program, there is the question of intent - on both sides.

Politics Live from Parliament

Hello - it's the last day of Parliament before a six week break but I'm sure there will be plenty of last minute craziness. Like whether or not security was breached by the filming of maps.

Roll the maps to suburban jihad. Roll the cameras. Peta's not around

Sketch The Prime Minister, ASIO and varied top-secret spies breathed great gusts of relief. Peta Credlin wasn't in the picture.