Former prime minister John Howard has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to Australian public life.
Clay Lucas Marc Newson designs beautiful tableware. He's done a fine dining range for Noritake, drinking glasses for iittala, a cruet set for Alessi.
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.
Tom Allard The former senior spy who blew the whistle on alleged Australian bugging of East Timor's government took his case to the intelligence watchdog but it did not investigate and advised him to get a...
Judith Ireland, Anna Patty, Jonathan Swan The federal government has gone into damage control over school funding reforms, promising extra cash and blaming the media for not understanding the issue, as the row over its backflip on education...
Michael Gordon Some honeymoon. The first post-election Herald-Nielsen Poll is a reality check for Coalition MPs who think the election was an emphatic vote for their people and policies.
Mark Kenny Bill Shorten has made the strongest debut of any opposition leader since Kevin Rudd, propelling Labor into the lead against a government weighed down by its secretive asylum seeker response and an...
Mark Kenny Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is to quit politics at the end of this week.
Natalie O'Brien The US Court of Military Commission Review has accepted the appeal lodged this week by former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks to overturn his conviction on an invented war crimes charge, and set...
Tony Wright It was just another night in a pub in the tough little town of Beaconsfield when things turned ugly. It was to become a peculiar test for a union chief named Bill Shorten.
Sarah Whyte Socialites, high-flying musicians and the multi-millionaires of Sydney will rub shoulders with diehard fans at the rugby league grand final on Sunday.
Markus Mannheim Federal bureaucrats are so keen to demonstrate their willingness to serve the Abbott government they are changing the way they spell.
Mark Dapin Australian War Memorial director - and former Liberal Party leader - Brendan Nelson meets me for Saturday lunch at the Bendooley Bar and Grill, Berrima, a short drive from his home in Bowral.
He switched allegiances from the Labor Party to the Liberals and has the ear of Tony Abbott. Welcome to Warren Mundine's new world.
Sworn in on Wednesday, Julie Bishop says she wants to be the best foreign minister Australians could ask for. Can she do it? Daniel Flitton speaks to the first woman to have the job.
Michael Bachelard Another senior Indonesian politician has described Tony Abbott’s asylum seeker policies as “very offensive” and an attack on his country’s sovereignty, adding that if they were not changed they would...
David Marr George Pell's parish was the big end of town. He was the prince of Catholic Melbourne.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a 'methodical, measured, calm' government. But he's overlooking something.
Michael Short The arrival by boat of asylum seekers is one of Australia's most contentious and complex policy issues, one that will be fiercely contested ahead of the federal election.
Mark Baker It's just shy of 7 o'clock on a crisp winter's morning in Geelong. Tony Abbott is on his way to rescue the Great Ocean Road from the ravages of man and nature - or at least to rescue the seat of...