Former prime minister John Howard has been awarded an honorary doctorate for his contribution to Australian public life.
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.
Bianca Hall The federally funded 'green army' will strike young workers from official dole figures.
Rick Feneley Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor is describing her first encounters with Tony Abbott in the early 1980s – on the rugby field and at a bar at Sydney University where the young leftie and the ‘‘coming...
Tony Wright Australia's new governor-general-elect, Peter Cosgrove, won the Military Cross for gallantry as a young platoon commander in Vietnam, but he remained all but an unknown soldier to most Australians...
Mark Kenny, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott says appointing Australia's former top soldier as governor-general was a case of the best person for the job and installing someone who could deliver leadership beyond politics.
Tony Wright Nights in the winter of 1934 the children of the district and a few of their fathers in oilskins drifted across cold paddocks to listen to the world as they wanted it to be.
Canberra Times Mr Abbott finds himself accused of lying by one of his own MPs, Sharman Stone.
Tony Wright Tony Abbott, on the most basic measure, was Australia's most successful opposition leader. He oversaw the destruction of prime minister Kevin Rudd, prime minister Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd again.
Michael Bachelard The Coalition's pre-election promise was clear and unequivocal: in the first 100 days of office, the Coalition government would take ''immediate action'' to reclaim control of Australia's borders.
Nicholas Reece This week Tony Abbott marked the first 100 days of his new government in a very modern way. The Prime Minister released a YouTube video and a 30-page glossy brochure, and undertook an exhaustive...
The Coalition's 'adults' are in charge of the country, but it's time Tony Abbott's team started growing up
Mark Kenny The same December night General Motors signed the death warrant of Holden, one of Tony Abbott's most senior ministers went looking for love.
Phillip Thomson Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia has lashed out at the regime of President Robert Mugabe and is seeking a protection visa that will allow her to stay in Australia.
Amanda Hoh A cheat sheet for those returning to work
Jacqueline Maley It was an elegant cocktail affair that concluded about 9pm. The birthday boy asked his 70-odd guests not to bring gifts. The request must have come as a relief.
Nick Galvin Veteran filmmaker John Pilger believes the lot for indigenous people will improve only after pressure from outside Australia.
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.
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...
Mark Kenny Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is to quit politics at the end of this week.