Latika Bourke 1:15 AM Politicians are planning to binge on TV political thrillers House of Cards and Borgen and read books penned by Tolstoy, Richard Flanagan and Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley according to a random survey of the MPs holiday plans.
Sarah Whyte 12:15 AM The failure of the federal government to get two controversial social services bills through the senate, including raising the pension age to 70 and making people under 30 wait six months to receive the dole, will contribute nearly $3 billion to the budget blowout.
Timna Jacks 6:57 PM The more than half a million dollars spent on market research for the government's advertising campaign spruiking its high education reforms is a cost Labor's higher education spokesman Kim Carr claims he would never bear.
Latika Bourke Half a million dollars has been spent on focus groups to help the government spruik its higher education reforms, trouble is – no one's buying them.
Philip Dorling Albert "Bert" James was wined and dined by Russian spies for two decades as a Soviet "agent of influence" in the Labor Party.
Tom Arup Australia has begun formalising the use of koalas as a "soft power" diplomatic strategy, with a 600-page manual for the practice having been drawn-up by the foreign affairs department and the marsupials increasingly being given to regional allies.
Phillip Thomson There are fears lives could be endangered because Australia's military bases are falling into disrepair.
Sarah Whyte The devastation of Cyclone Tracy has been remembered 40 years after it swept through Darwin on Christmas Eve, leaving 66 people dead and only debris in its wake.
Latika Bourke Tony Abbott has criticised the ABC but recruits one of its top journos as his chief spinner.
Latika Bourke What was the real reason Brett Mason was dumped as Julie Bishop's Parliamentary Secretary?
Heath Aston The bill for hosting the G20 leaders' summit continues to rise.
Latika Bourke There was one thing Sir Peter Cosgrove was determined not to do as he presided over his first swearing-in as Governor-General.
Latika Bourke and Anna Patty Prime Minister Tony Abbott says there has been a "heightened level of terror chatter" in the wake of the Martin Place siege.
Gareth Hutchens Environment Minister Greg Hunt has quietly published data showing the second year of operation of the carbon price was more successful at reducing emissions than the first.
Tom McIlroy Hundreds of political junkies and last-minute Christmas shoppers are lining up to meet former prime minister Julia Gillard in the city.
New Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has already put his stamp on the job, ditching the Abbott government's 'stop the boats' matra in favour of 'stop the bikies'.
Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government's new-look cabinet has been sworn in, bringing to a close a tumultuous first calendar year for the Coalition.
Gareth Hutchens and Heath Aston Incoming Health Minister Sussan Ley has vowed to put more focus on the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, while also listening to crossbench senators to ensure the country gets a "sustainable health policy".
Heath Aston, Latika Bourke Incoming Defence Minister Kevin Andrews is under fire for an apparent lack of interest in all things military.
Latika Bourke Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been forced to defend the Prime Minister's views on women after Tony Abbott nominated repealing the carbon tax as his biggest contribution for women in 2014.
James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to reshuffle his own office, with three key staff members including his communications chief to move over summer.
Heath Aston In his first day as Defence Minister, Kevin Andrews has hit a landmine of his own making.