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'Keyboard warriors' needed to help fight Islamic State

Deborah Snow and Rachel Olding 11:00 PM   A leading member of Sydney's Lebanese community warns that Islamic State is winning the propaganda war and that a cohort of cyber-savvy " keyboard warriors" may be needed to push back against IS's slick online recruitment campaigns. 

Liberal backbenchers consider meeting after Tony Abbott's decision to make Prince Philip a knight

Tony Abbott

Latika Bourke 9:40 PM   Liberal backbenchers are considering calling a meeting to discuss the "direction of the team", with speculation rife about Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott's leadership.

Epidemic, but no domestic violence royal commission

Michaelia Cash, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, has said a royal commission into domestic violence is unnecessary.

Judith Ireland 8:19 PM   The national peak body for victims of domestic violence is calling on the Abbott government to establish a royal commission into domestic violence, arguing a national inquiry is needed to focus on prevention measures.

Prince Philip knighthood a 'bolt from the blue': Campbell Newman

Campbell Newman has pledged not to introduce new taxes if the LNP is re-elected.

7:01 PM   Queensland Premier says he does not agree with the Prime Minister's choice.

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Abbott makes calls to steady ship

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been busy on the phone to colleagues following the negative reaction to his knighthood decision.

Mark Kenny 6:42 PM   Tony Abbott has moved to quell anxious nerves over his leadership style by stepping up his telephone canvassing of backbench MPs.

Australian forces may stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016 but won't do it alone

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at KAIA base in Kabul. Ms Bishop met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the weekend.

Daniel Flitton 5:00 PM   Australia will decide on its future military presence in Afghanistan, beyond a planned withdrawal in 2016, after negotiations later this year with Western allies.


Frydenberg says Australia needs to double efforts to fix budget

"We have to be very conscious that there will be a slow-down in the world economy": Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Gareth Hutchens 12:00 AM   Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says he is much more concerned about the state of the global economy after his trip to the World Economic Forum.

Doubts over Tony Abbott's justification for Prince Philip knighthood

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has pointed to Prince Philip's public service as justification for the knighthood.

Lisa Cox 4:17 PM   Prince Philip is involved with fewer than 50 Australian organisations, the British Monarchy's own official website reveals.

Minister downplays idea of national royal commission into domestic violence

Michaelia Cash

Judith Ireland 1:21 PM   Abbott government minister Michaelia Cash has downplayed the idea of holding a national royal commission into domestic violence, arguing that the government has already "accepted" that it was a problem and practical solutions were needed instead.

Newspapers nationwide condemn Tony Abbott's captain's call

Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Primrose Riordan 11:42 AM   Editorials of newspapers across the country have slammed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to hand Prince Philip a knighthood, labelling the move "ludicrous" and "flabbergasting".


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani meets Julie Bishop, urges Western troops to stay

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop visiting troops in Afghanistan.

David Wroe   Afghanistan’s new President has urged the West to stay involved in his country – including militarily - longer than the planned withdrawal date at the end of next year in a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Arise Prince Philip: a look at the British consort's notorious gaffes

Prince Philip in 2012.

Many consider Prince Philip's gaffes as the innocent comments of a nice, old duffer. Others say it reveals a deep-seated racial and chauvinist prejudice.

Bid for 38-hour public service week fails

Eric Abetz.

Noel Towell   The Abbott government has lost a legal bid to force public servants to spend an extra week-and-a-half at their desks each year.

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Tax Uber, Airbnb urges Labor's Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh: "Improved transparency promotes trust and credibility in our taxation system."

Nassim Khadem   Regulators need to stop online companies such as Uber and Airbnb – as well as people using their services – from dodging their tax obligations, says Labor assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.

Prince Philip awarded Knight of the Order of Australia

Prince Philip's long life of service should be honoured by Australia, Tony Abbott has said.

Megan Levy and Lisa Cox   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has awarded Australia's highest honour to the Queen's husband, Prince Philip.

Tony Abbott defends decision to make Prince Philip a knight

Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared social media "electronic graffiti' while defending his decision to make Prince Philip a knight.

Non-stop march around ASIO headquarters to protest indefinite detention

Inmates at Melbourne immigration transit accommodation in Broadmeadows on Sunday. (Digitally altered image)

Daniel Flitton   Protesters will march non-stop around ASIO headquarters in Canberra for 32-hours to draw attention the plight of at least 32 refugees locked in indefinite detention.


Abbott dismisses social media as 'electronic graffiti', again

Defacement: Graffiti, electronic or otherwise, has not always been kind to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Lucy Battersby   While the Prime Minister dismissed social media criticism as "electronic graffiti", his government has been spending millions of dollars on social media strategies.

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Budget cuts will affect women's development

Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop.

Sarah Whyte   The Abbott government's decision to slash the foreign aid budget will have a detrimental impact on the world's poorest and most vulnerable women and children.

Prince Philip knighthood shows need for republic debate: Shorten

Prince Philip's  knighthood underscores the need for a debate about an Australian republic, says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Stephanie Peatling   Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood underscores the need for a debate about an Australian republic and identity, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said on Monday.

Don't call me Sir: Angus Houston made a knight

Angus Houston

Daniel Flitton   Angus Houston has a very simple attitude to leadership. "I never yell, I never scream, I never get emotional."

Abbott government MPs furious over Prime Minister's decision to make Prince Philip a knight


James Massola and Mark Kenny   Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s surprise decision to knight Prince Philip has infuriated his colleagues, with a pair of Queensland MPs breaking ranks to publicly criticise the decision.

'Is it April Fool's Day?' Social media reacts to Prince Philip's knighthood

Prince Philip

Megan Levy   Is it Australia Day - or April Fool's Day?

Prince Philip adds Australian knighthood to list of colourful titles

Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Queen of Sheba: Prince Philip.

Megan Levy   Knight Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Queen of Sheba.

Batty's recognition could be 'historic turning point' in domestic violence battle: advocates

Rosie Batty was named Australian of the Year on Sunday night.

Steve Lillebuen   The decision to recognise Rosie Batty as Australian of the Year could be a historic turning point for victims of domestic violence, according to a leading advocacy groups.

Tony Abbott makes retired Australian Defence Force chief a knight of the Order of Australia

Air Chief Marshal (retired) Angus Houston may be made a knight by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Mark Kenny and Bevan Shields   He was the nation's top soldier, and has since become the federal government's Mr Fixit - the "go to" man chosen to lead the complicated investigations into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.

Bill Shorten calls for a republic debate

James Massola dinkus

James Massola   Bill Shorten has been promising that 2015 will be a year of ideas for the Labor Party.

Sir Cosgrove to miss Australia Day to be in Saudi Arabia

The Governor-General, pictured at the launch of the Discover the Anzacs website in October, will lead a tribute marking the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in Canberra on Sunday evening.

Bevan Shields   Sir Peter Cosgrove will skip his first Australia Day as governor-general in favour of flying to Saudi Arabia to "convey the condolences" of Australia following the death of King Abdullah.

Cormann backs inquiry into indigenous purchase of Ayers Rock Resort

Sails in the Desert: The Ayers Rock Resort is surrounded by dunes.

Heath Aston   EXCLUSIVE: The purchase of the five-hotel Ayers Rock Resort overlooking Uluru, by the Indigenous Land Corporation is to be investigated by the federal government.