The Nationals' Senate leader, Barnaby Joyce, voices his misgivings with those calling for a 'debate' on Australia's role in Afghanistan.
Michelle Grattan Nationals Senate leader issues warning on ownership of strategic assets by foreign state-owned companies.
Jonathan Swan Catholics are in power this Easter, with the highest proportion of ministers of that faith occupying senior positions in a Coalition government.
Jane Cadzow As chief of staff to Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin is regarded as the organisational brain behind the prime minister - and by some as having way too much power.
Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan Hundreds of drought-battered farmers will be able to access discount loans of up to $1 million within a week - but the farming sector says it will push for more ''long-term'' financial support.
Heath Aston, James Massola Prime Minister Tony Abbott has given a clear indication the government is moving towards stripping the ABC of its foreign broadcast service, the Australia Network.
Mark Kenny Treasurer Joe Hockey has bluntly warned Australians that the days of governments saving businesses and jobs had passed, telling them, ''the age of entitlement is over, and the age of personal...
Lara O'Toole, Amanda Hoh Graphic footage of Australian bulls being mishandled in Mauritius has alarmed animal cruelty activists and renewed calls for tougher penalties on exporters.
Heath Aston, Jonathan Swan The tight circle that surrounds Prime Minister Tony Abbott has shrugged it off as a verbal hand grenade tossed by an embittered member overlooked for promotion.
Bianca Hall A black and white portrait of Liberal Party legend Sir Robert Menzies hangs in pride of place in Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, near the staunch monarchist's portrait of the Queen.
Jonathan Swan, Lisa Visentin Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce billed taxpayers nearly $5000 for ''official business'' travel while attending rugby league games, as senior ministers hint it is inevitable the Abbott government...
Heath Aston The coalition will divert election resources from the vacant seats of Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott and increase focus on winning marginal seats in Sydney and Melbourne to fight a much "tighter"...
Benjamin Law Undaunted by repeated electoral failure, Pauline Hanson is to again fly the One Nation flag in an attempt to woo voters. Benjamin Law goes on the hustings with "The Redhead You Can Trust".
Royce Millar Tony Abbott intends to abolish body monitoring the billions received by charities each year.
Stephanie Gardiner On the afternoon Gina Rinehart's eldest children launched legal action against her over a $4 billion family trust, her youngest daughter wrote to her: ''I DIDN'T do anything!!!!!!!! I had absolutely...
Barry O'Sullivan, the wealthy detective-turned-property developer who was recently chosen to replace Barnaby Joyce in the Senate, is one of the many high-profile Australians who has had a company...
Amy Remeikis Tony Windsor says he is not Clive Palmer's phantom federal candidate despite rumours of the independent federal MP joining the United Australia Party, sparked by a cryptic tweet.
Carolyn Webb and Catherine Chisholm Hazel Hawke has died peacefully after succumbing to complications of dementia, her family announced on Thursday.
Tony Wright One of Australia's most loved figures, Hazel Hawke has died at the age of 83.
Former West Coast Eagle AFL star David Wirrpanda has finally committed to a tilt at federal politics, becoming a Senate nominee for Western Australia's Nationals.