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.
Philip Dorling Australia has long spied on our neighbours, especially Indonesia, and we've long sought to take advantage from that in our diplomacy.
Judith Ireland Former Australian Democrats leader Janet Powell has died, aged 71.
Heath Aston, Chris Johnson Christine Milne has survived an aborted push to challenge her leadership - but some senior Greens claim the Tasmanian senator is now ''living on borrowed time''.
The ability of micro parties to harvest preferences to win Senate seats could be investigated by the new federal government, deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop says.
Peter Hannam Switching Australia to 100 per cent renewable power within decades could end up costing the same as continuing to use fossil fuels, a federal government study suggests.
Farrah Tomazin The social justice values of Australian voters have been targeted by the Greens in a new advertising blitz designed to paint the major parties as "out of step" with the community.
Jonathan Swan Perhaps liberated by the blokey surrounds of Penrith stadium, Tony Abbott revealed a little too much of what he liked about Fiona Scott, the Coalition's candidate for Lindsay in western Sydney.
Chris Hingston Mobile farmers markets and fresh food box deliveries are at the forefront of a Greens plan.
The Greens have announced an $85 million plan to allow farmers to bypass Australia's major supermarkets and sell direct to the public.
Tim Colebatch The car industry has voiced fears that its manufacturers could fall victim to the Rudd government's decision to help pay for dumping its carbon tax by scrapping tax breaks for employer-provided cars.
Bianca Hall and Jonathan Swan No asylum seeker who comes by boat will ever be resettled in Australia, under Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's dramatic and ''hardline'' rewrite of refugee laws.
Craig Butt Adam Bandt says he is confident he can retain the Greens' only lower house seat.
Nicky Phillips and Tom Arup The Greens will introduce legislation to protect national parks from state government-backed grazing and logging in the Senate on Monday.
Andrew Darby A $44 million federal government bailout of struggling logging contractors has ended in anger.
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.
A former Australian Defence Force colonel and a Brisbane doctor will stand for the Greens in the Senate in Queensland at the federal election.
Heath Aston Australians would vote in a referendum on gay marriage as soon as September under a radical proposal by independent MP Tony Windsor, supported by the Greens and other crossbenchers.
Heath Aston, Dan Harrison Christian groups, led by the Reverend Fred Nile, are calling for an election day referendum on gay marriage, saying Australians will reject any change to the status quo.