Staff reporters 9:56 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott has suggested that gun laws may need to be changed as he announced an urgent review into the Martin Place siege that took the lives of two hostages.
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Sarah Whyte 7:46 PM This tragedy has been labelled the worst shipwreck in years. And it happened in what has been dubbed the “deadliest year” for migrants.
Judith Ireland Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has cast doubt over whether the federal government will have the new paid parental leave scheme ready in time for its scheduled July 2015 start date.
James Massola and David Wroe Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australians are right to ask how Sydney gunman Man Haron Monis was "entirely at large in the community".
David Wroe Man Haron Monis started sending hate-filled letters to the family of commando Luke Worsley the same day they learned of his death in Afghanistan, and Marjorie Worsley says she had never felt safe since.
Comment & Analysis
Ross Gittins The news isn't as bad as it might seem. And I give Joe Hockey high marks for his wise response to it.
Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott fronted reporters in Parliament House on Monday 20 minutes later than expected, but nobody minded.
Louise Adler The furore around Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, seems to show Australia is not ready for women leaders.
Ross Gittins As an accountant turned journo, I try to ensure the creative accounting used to make the budget figures look better than they really are doesn't go unexposed. But I've never seen a con as audacious as the proposed medical research future fund.
Anne Summers This past week has shown that Liberal women, like women everywhere, are subject to gender stereotyping.
Peter Martin Someone has to pay, and the Treasurer has determined that it won't be us. At least not yet.
Video animation As the political year comes to its end and we take a look back we see a littered landscape of broken promises and false starts from all sides.
Judith Ireland As speculation flies about Tony Abbott's increasingly visible chief of staff Peta Credlin, there are grave dangers for the Coalition.
Tony Wright Here we are, in Australia, embroiled in a debate about a $5 fee to see the doctor. A fair and efficient price signal? Depends who you ask.
Stephanie Peatling It says much about John Faulkner that he paid one final act of respect to Parliament by announcing his retirement in the Senate caucus room.
Amy Corderoy Tony Abbott has not given you a Christmas bonus in scrapping his widely disliked co-payment plan – he's given himself one.
Tony Wright When in doubt - which seems the Abbott government's starting position these days - ministers descend into gibberish rather than attempt a leap into the blue sky.
Mark Kenny The flip side to Tony Abbott's personal poll dive through 2014 is the phoenix-like rise of an opposition from the ashes of political rejection to preferred party in less than a year.
Heath Aston Treasurer Joe Hockey woke last week to an unwelcome invitation from the government's most ardent supporter in the media, The Australian. Hand over to Malcolm Turnbull if you are "not hungry enough" for the job, the newspaper editorialised.
Political leaders don't get many chances to admit they were wrong, clear the slate and announce a new direction, writes Michael Gordon.
John Garnaut China, like Australia, is about to discover that reform is actually very hard.
The last day of parliament saw politicians try their best to get into the festive spirit...
Video blog With the dogs baying and the Team Australia bus coming to a grinding halt, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has put his hand up and claimed full responsibility.
Helen Elliott The new senator is on a steep learning curve and it's about time we gave her a break.
Richard Di Natale The Red Cross Safe and Dignified Burial Team perform a vital task - disposing of Ebola patients' bodies when they are highly infectious.
Latika Bourke The one person who should take the greatest notice of Christopher Pyne and Peter Dutton's defeats on higher education reform and the $7 GP co-payment is Bill Shorten.