It may be cool to act like elections are a horrible affliction we are forced to endure on a triennial basis. But really, we should be celebrating their arrival, not complaining.
Judith Ireland is a national political reporter, The Pulse blogger and a columnist for The Canberra Times.
The Coalition government has launched a confronting new ad campaign, designed to get parents, teachers and coaches to clamp down on disrespectful and aggressive behaviour by boys and young men.
It was almost as if bringing Parliament back was a stunt.
It is a much-honoured national pastime to shoot down ideas and resist even the slightest hint of change. We might be surrounded by sea, but we are also girt by the status quo.
Disability advocates have slammed the federal government's "astounding silence" over a landmark Senate report, which called for a royal commission into disability abuse more than four months ago.
ABC journalists have hit back at Clive Palmer, releasing text messages to prove they gave the federal MP multiple opportunities to be interviewed for an expose on his business interests and political career.
When Julie McKay was appointed executive director of UN Women Australia, she was 23 and brimming with optimism.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter has conceded that the government will not be able to pass cuts to paid parental leave before the federal election, granting a reprieve to mums expecting babies after July 1.
The Australian toy industry has rejected at suggestions there is a link between the type of toys children are encouraged to play with and domestic violence.
An unlikely star emerged on the COAG stage on Friday.