Beau Donelly 3:51 PM After a week of stinging criticism sliding opinion polls and leadership rumours, for the Prime Minister's press team it was the best laid plan.
James Massola 3:03 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott considered his close personal friend, The Australian newspaper’s Greg Sheridan, for the plumb posting of High Commissioner to Singapore after the 2013 election.
Heath Aston 2:56 PM Tony Abbott's "knightmare" start to 2015 could eventually cost him the prime ministership but his political failure would come at a quantifiable price for Barnaby Joyce: $700,000.
Latika Bourke 1:33 PM Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will "absolutely" lead the government to the next election and has described the strong performances of potential leadership rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull as the result of their "good captain".
Declan Rurenga, Latika Bourke 11:00 PM Surely there's an Australian who's deserving of an award locals say.
Lisa Cox 5:58 PM Australia's Privacy Commissioner has questioned whether phone and internet providers should be required to store customer metadata for as long as two years.
James Massola 5:52 PM Political Correspondent
Dan Harrison 5:02 PM Australia has started delivering equipment to the Afghan military to counter improvised explosive devices.
James Massola Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary defence of Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring the Prime Minister should be held accountable for his own mistakes.
Dan Harrison and Latika Bourke Punters believe it is more likely than not that Prime Minister Tony Abbott will face a leadership ballot before the next election.
Amy Corderoy Now is the moment. You can feel it - the momentum building, the light finally shining on Australia's dark epidemic of domestic violence. So why are we all talking about knights and dames?
Latika Bourke One of Tony Abbott's frontbenchers is urging the city-based Prime Minister to stop reacting to the "texting, latte-sipping, keyboard warriors who frequent the tapas bars of Sydney and Melbourne" and visit a country pub to get an "honest appraisal" of how the government can improve.
Latika Bourke Tony Abbott continues to take friendly fire over the Prince Philip knighthood, with conservative commentator Andrew Bolt declaring the decision “pathetically stupid” and potentially fatal for Tony Abbott’s leadership.
Mark Kenny and Heath Aston Pressure is mounting on Tony Abbott to dump chief of staff Peta Credlin as disgruntled Liberal MPs were joined on Wednesday by conservative commentators including media baron Rupert Murdoch in expressing concerns about his office.
Sarah Whyte The Australian government's detainment of 157 asylum seekers on the high seas for a month last year was lawful, the High Court has ruled.
Gareth Hutchens The Australian Council of Social Service is urging the Abbott government to make its second budget much fairer than its first, saying low and middle-income households cannot continue to bear the brunt of spending cuts this year
Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland When Prime Minister Tony Abbott stepped up to the lectern to announce his commitment to tackle the scourge of domestic violence on Wednesday, some of his words had a familiar ring.
Lucy Cormack On Australia Day Prime Minister Tony Abbott awarded knighthoods to two people. But if you were watching social media, you could be forgiven for only having heard about Prince Philip.
Matthew Knott Education Minister Christopher Pyne has set himself a two-month deadline to pass higher education reform, while warning he will not "adulterate" his proposals to the point they become meaningless.
Latika Bourke Key crossbench Senator Ricky Muir has issued a fresh challenge to Education Minister Christopher Pyne, urging him to seek an election mandate on the government's university reforms.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised his colleagues that he is listening and learning the lessons of his widely mocked decision to honour Prince Philip with an Australian knighthood on Australia Day.
Noel Towell No public servant is safe from the Abbott government’s privatisations agenda, one of the pioneers of federal government outsourcing has warned.
Deborah Snow and Rachel Olding 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.
Latika Bourke Liberal backbenchers are considering calling a meeting to discuss the "direction of the team", with speculation rife about Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott's leadership.