Liberal MPs say Tony Abbott has damaged his standing among Coalition conservatives after an extraordinary, days-long public fight with Malcolm Turnbull - and ministers Peter Dutton and Michael Keenan - over a ban on the Adler shotgun.
James Massola is chief political reporter in the Canberra bureau. He was a Walkley finalist in 2015 and has worked in the federal press gallery for eight years, including stints for The Australian Financial Review and The Australian before joining the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Tony Abbott will press ahead with his NSW Liberal Party reform plan, despite Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Premier Mike Baird joining forces to outline alternative reforms.
Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has acknowledged she misled a Senate inquiry this week by impugning the reputation of a journalist who reported critical comments she made about Australian politicians.
Malcolm Turnbull has publicly contradicted his predecessor, Tony Abbott, declaring the former prime minister's office had been aware of negotiations in 2015 to trade a senate vote for a change in gun laws.
Scott Morrison must raise tax revenue and dump the government's $50 billion, 10-year company tax cut plan to save Australia's Triple A credit rating, Labor's treasury spokesman Chris Bowen says.
The federal government would be "crackers" to water down a ban on importing rapid fire shotguns into Australia because of the growing terror threat, Tony Abbott says, in comments that place him at odds with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Nationals MPs.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has refused to endorse Kimberley Kitching for a plum Senate seat, placing him at loggerheads with Labor leader Bill Shorten.
The Federal Government's attempts to pass a pair of union-busting industrial laws has been sidetracked by claims it was prepared to horse-trade over Australia's strict gun laws, prompting a fierce political attack from Labor and criticism from former prime minister Tony Abbott.
Victorian Labor senator Gavin Marshall has declared war on frontbench colleague Andrew Giles, revealing he plans to back a preselection challenge to the Scullin MP and accusing him of lying over a plot to remove his ally Kim Carr.
Testy officials from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet dismissed security experts' concerns about the use of WhatsApp.