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Productivity Commission recommends partial deregulation of penalty rates

Jane Lee, Mark Kenny 11:47 AM   Employees would be able to take public holidays at a different time with full penalty rates and negotiate for longer annual leave in lieu of pay rises under a wide range of proposed changes to Australia's workplace relations framework.

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Abbott to announce SA shipbuilding program

New major shipbuilding projects are expected to include frigates.

Lisa Cox 11:24 AM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott is set to announce a $20 billion plan to build future frigates in Adelaide as the government looks to restore its political fortunes in South Australia.

Bishop's parliamentary career all but over: Abbott

Bronwyn Bishop was another of Tony Abbott's failed "captain's picks".

Latika Bourke 10:08 AM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has all but declared Bronwyn Bishop's political career over, following her resignation from the Speakership in disgrace over her lavish use of taxpayer-funded travel perks.

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Strong field to contest speakership as doubts surround Bishop's political future

Bronwyn Bishop

Mark Kenny and Peter Hartcher 10:07 AM   Victorian Liberal Tony Smith and South Australian Liberal Andrew Southcott have emerged as the most promising chances to fill the void left by disgraced former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.

Tougher rules: the MP entitlements facing scrutiny

Bronwyn Bishop was another of Tony Abbott's failed "captain's picks".

Lisa Cox 6:53 AM   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a sweeping review of parliamentary entitlements after the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as speaker. But what rules and perks could be put under the inquiry's microscope?

Senate inquiry calls for new national rules to curb wind farms

The Capital Wind Farm near Canberra.

Tom Arup 8:28 PM   The Abbott government should draw up national rules dictating how wind farms are built and operated and punish states that do not accept them, a Senate committee inquiry into wind turbines has urged.

Abbott's tweet comes back to bite him

Never tweet: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is being reminded of an unfortunate four-year-old tweet.

Michael Koziol 8:16 PM   The internet is an unforgiving beast. It makes fact-checking simple, scrutiny constant and history impossible to erase. In such circumstances words can easily come back to bite you.

Bishop allegations 'no different' from Slipper's: Lawyer

Former parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper leaves court after being sentenced to 300 hours community service last year. He was later cleared on appeal.

Christopher Knaus 7:51 PM   Peter Slipper's lawyer says his client was denied the opportunity to deal with expenses claims internally.

Security laws on asylum seekers, foreign fighters 'should be reviewed'

George Brandis

Jane Lee 7:46 PM   National security laws to boost the Abbott government's powers over returning foreign fighters and asylum seekers who arrive by boat, and the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are among those that interfere with "traditional freedoms" and should be reviewed, the Australian Law Reform Commission says.

Monis letter oversight tip of the iceberg

Back to the drawing board: Attorney-General's Department Secretary Chris Moraitis acknowledged staff voted down the offer.

Jane Lee 7:44 PM   All of Lindt Café gunman Man Haron Monis' correspondence with ministers in the Attorney-General's Department since 2010 was overlooked when it passed documents to a review into the Lindt Café siege, due to an administrative spreadsheet error, a senate inquiry has revealed.

PM puts Indigenous support for recognition at risk

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon 7:39 PM   Tony Abbott has endangered Indigenous support for constitutional recognition of the first Australians by ignoring the advice of Noel Pearson, the Indigenous leader he has called a visionary and a prophet.

Abbott scuttles Indigenous plan on recognition

Indigenous leaders, Noel Pearson and Pat Dodson arrive at a meeting with Tony Abbott last month.

Michael Gordon 6:42 PM   Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the country's most respected Indigenous leaders on how to proceed toward constitutional recognition, saying it could lead to "something akin to a log of claims that is unlikely to receive general support".

AGs dept 'ducking for cover' over Sydney siege letter, says PM&C

Man Haron Monis asked Senator Brandis whether it was lawful to write to the leader of Islamic State.

Noel Towell 6:22 PM   We were running around like headless chooks, department's boss admits.

Bronwyn Bishop, Liberal warrior, female trailblazer

The Menzies Research Centre's Tax forum at The Hilton Hotel today. Pictured is Bronwyn Bishop. 13 October 2011. AFR Photo by Andrew Quilty.

Anne Davies 5:55 PM   When Bronwyn Bishop arrived in Canberra as a newly minted senator in 1987 to fill a casual vacancy, she already enjoyed a formidable reputation.  With her trademark up-swept blond hair, killer heels, red lipstick  and power jackets, Bishop stood out in the Liberal Party, not just because she was one of the few females, but because she wore her ambition like a tiara.

Brisbane MPs in the mix for Speaker's chair

It has been suggested Brisbane MP Teresa Gambaro could be in the mix to replace Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker.

Cameron Atfield 5:26 PM   Two Brisbane MPs have been touted as possible replacements for Bronwyn Bishop in the Speaker's chair in Parliament House.

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Bronwyn Bishop: The ego has landed

Bronwyn Bishop pictured in her office in 1997.

David Leser 5:09 PM   First published in Good Weekend on October 1, 1994

Bishop's greatest hits (or misses)

Mosaic of former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop made from the photos of MPs who have been suspended from question tIme under 94a.

Judith Ireland 4:02 PM   Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.

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No more captain's picks: Tony Abbott promises party room will choose Speaker

Prime Minister Tony Abbott concedes he is also likely to pay a personal price for the Bronwyn Bishop saga.

Nicole Hasham 3:56 PM   The party room will decide the next speaker of the Parliament, Tony Abbott says, signalling he will not repeat the so-called "captain's pick" that led to Bronwyn Bishop taking the coveted chair.

Red tape will 'strangle' new childcare system

Childcare generic.

Matt Wade 2:30 PM   The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.

Bishop: Abbott's stubbornness could have prompted his second brush with political death

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Sunday ‘‘this has obviously been a very difficult day for Bronwyn Bishop’’.

Peter Hartcher and Mark Kenny 1:25 PM   Tony Abbott and Bronwyn Bishop only decided that she should resign from the speakership after they realised a significant number of government MPs would not support her in a no-confidence motion due to come before the Parliament, according to Liberal MPs.

Turnbull says MPs' entitlements comes down to 'common sense'

Bronwyn Bishop turned estimates hearings into virtual show trials.

Nicole Hasham 12:23 PM   The use of parliamentary perks should be guided by "common sense", government frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull says, deviating from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's insistence that former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop was the victim of a deficient system.

Springborg rules out federal tilt

Lawrence Springborg

Cameron Atfield   State Opposition Leader says he won't replace Bruce Scott.

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Bruce Scott to quit federal parliament

Bruce Scott during question time.

Penelope Arthur   The Member for Maranoa announces he will not seek re-election.

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Social media sends off Bronwyn Bishop in style

Sent up in style: Bronwyn Bishop.

When her resignation as Speaker was announced on Sunday, Bronwyn Bishop was officially sent off in a press conference by Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Then the social media send-off began.

Bronwyn Bishop resigns as Speaker

Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as federal Speaker  after being caught up  in an expenses scandal.

Latika Bourke   Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker and a review of MPs' entitlements.

Who will replace Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker?

Jane Prentice is on the "speaker's panel" - a group of 14 MPs appointed to fill the chair when necessary.

Paul Osborne   Deputy Speaker Bruce Scott will take the chair as Acting Speaker. But who will replace Bronwyn Bishop?

'You put your head out there and it's going to get smashed off'

Cameron Clyne,  former NAB chief

Deborah Snow    Retired business leader Cameron Clyne speaks up on the Abbott government's climate inaction - and explains why corporate Australia is too afraid to do so.

Asylum seeker dreamed of a better future with his family

Mohammad Nasim Najafi.

Neelima Choahan, Lisa Cox   An Afghan asylum seeker who died on Friday at a West Australian detention centre was dreaming of a better future with his wife and two children, a detainee has said.

Bronwyn Bishop resigns as Speaker of House of Representatives

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will address the media on Sunday afternoon.

Latika Bourke   Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker of House of Representatives.