David Wroe and Mark Kenny 7:15 AM EXCLUSIVE Three hundred Australian soldiers sent to help Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State were stalled for weeks due to Baghdad's visa bungling as international players enmeshed in the Syrian war clashed for the first time, risking a dangerous deterioration of the situation.
Latest political news
Mark Kenny 4:01 PM An upbeat Malcolm Turnbull has denied he is facing an insurgency led by Tony Abbott, expressed optimism about a new global climate deal in Paris, and hinted that superannuation concessions used by the rich could be trimmed.
Latika Bourke, Matthew Knott 4:35 PM Mal Brough should stand aside while police investigate the James Ashby affair Labor Leader Bill Shorten has said, in an escalation of the opposition's pursuit of the Special Minister of State.
Judith Ireland and Rachel Browne 1:14 PM The federal government has left the door open to holding a royal commission into the abuse of people with disabilities, in the wake of a damning parliamentary committee report into the issue.
Comment & Analysis
Duncan McDonnell Pauline Hanson, Minister for Immigration in the Liberal-One Nation coalition, looks into the camera and says: "Australia is closed for asylum seekers coming by boat."
Kenan Malik Pointing the finger at refugees sidesteps the problem of homegrown jihadism, and stirs up anti-immigrant hatred, further polarising European societies.
The former prime minister appears to still have hopes of a comeback, counting on benefiting from ideological conflicts between Liberals.
It is such a relief to have a leader who uses intelligence to connect with the rest of us.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott may have lost the prime ministership, but he'll never, it seems, lose his fondness for a spot of shirt-fronting.
Mark Kenny In the early to mid-90s, the productivity improvements identified by the then landmark Hilmer Review of competition laws were responsible for a significant 2 to 2.5 per cent increase in economic growth, once implemented.
Moving Tom Roberts' "enormous" Big Picture from Parliament House to the National Gallery took seven days and a team of staff.
Mention super and everyone over 50 pricks up their ears, while everyone under 50 wonders what's on telly tonight.
Judith Ireland Malcolm Turnbull's message wasn't just going out to the nation, but several metres away, to his predecessor.
Mark Kenny Labor's trip to the well for yet another dip at tobacco excise feels like the lazy option for budget repair and overly simple politics.Until that is, you listen to the arguments because frankly, they are compelling.
For Fairfax political photographer Andrew Meares, a dinner in Berlin turned into a week of terror after attacks ripped through the heart of Paris.
"Political" means "populist" when it comes to blocking the sale of assets to foreign buyers.
Hugh White Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.
Stephanie Peatling Welcome to the first day of the last sitting fortnight of the year. There's a little bit of Christmas in the air as well as the usual suspects such as tax and terrorism. A heady mix.
The sooner Malcolm Turnbull kills off the lower-taxes pipe dream, the better he'll be able to manage the nation's affairs.
Tony Wright Barack Obama does droll. Malcolm Turnbull doesn't. Certainly not, at least, when he's sitting next to POTUS.