Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop floats plan to send asylum seekers to Cambodia

Lindsay Murdoch The Abbott government wants to send some asylum seekers from Australian to Cambodia at a time the country's strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen is overseeing a brutal crackdown on dissent in one...

Julie Bishop calls Rudd a 'tosser'

Kevin Rudd

Federal Deputy Opposition Leader Julie Bishop says Kevin Rudd did himself no favours when he entertained a crowd at a concert in Perth.

What's on the table?

Plate

John Garnaut Trade, tension, triumph: the PM's Asian trip pays off.

Ms Fix-it

Peta Credlin, Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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.

WA Senate count shows swing to Greens, PUP

Scott Ludlam

Rebecca Le May Greens Senator Scott Ludlam appears to have retained his seat in the re-run West Australian Senate election, with early results showing a big swing to the party.

Manus inquiry cruelled

Michael Gordon, Port Moresby The Abbott government was consulted and strongly backed the decision of the Papua New Guinea government to shut down a human rights inquiry into the Manus Island detention centre, Fairfax Media has...

Scott Morrison defends move by PNG to call halt to Manus Island detention centre inquiry

Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to end a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

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Minister defends PNG's blocking of Manus inquiry

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has defended Papua New Guinea's moves to torpedo a judicial inquiry into human rights inside the Manus Island detention centre.

Coalition sidestepping push for external Sri Lankan human rights inquiry

Julie Bishop

Sarah Whyte The Coalition government is continuing to sidestep whether it will support an international investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka, despite Labor and the Greens backing it.

Federal government worked to scuttle New Zealand statement against nuclear weapons

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Philip Dorling The federal government led secret diplomatic efforts to frustrate a New Zealand-led push for nuclear disarmament, according to documents released under freedom of information laws.

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Peter Greste: PM Tony Abbott 'deeply concerned' by charges

Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...

Top role took former foreign minister Bob Carr on journey of a lifetime

Bob Carr

Heath Aston It reads like the bucket list of a dedicated sightseer. Except Bob Carr managed to tick off some of the world's must-see tourist and cultural destinations in just 19 months as foreign minister.

Empire State Building going green and gold for Australia Day - with help from Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman and  Deborra-Lee Furness.

Nick O'Malley As Foreign Minister Julie Bishop looked on proudly, Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, gripped the lever and swung it dramatically upwards.

Rite of passage comes with a high risk for those seeking foreign adventures

Overseas deaths.Sandringham.January 23rd, 2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SH Extra.Julie Fitzsimons with daughter Kate. Julie's other daughter () died in Thailand in 2012.

Lindy Alexander The number of Australian tourists under 25 dying overseas has doubled in the past decade as younger travellers push boundaries that they wouldn't at home.

Health Minister Peter Dutton pushes overhaul to cut 'waste'

Dan Harrison, Jonathan Swan Health Minister Peter Dutton says new figures showing an escalation in health spending demonstrate why the government must cut ''waste'' in health.

Tony Abbott ready to pull the plug on ABC's foreign service

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.

Journalist Peter Greste may face trial in Egypt on charges of airing 'false news'

Peter Greste

Marissa Calligeros The parents of an Australian journalist detained in Egypt say they have reached breaking point, amid news he is likely to be prosecuted for ''airing false news''.

Australia's relations with Indonesia will not be normalised for some time, say government insiders

Abbott SBY

Mark Kenny, Michael Bachelard, Heath Aston Relations between Canberra and Jakarta appear to be improving thanks to the letter Prime Minister Tony Abbott had hand-delivered at the weekend, but a senior government source said it would be some...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Kachin ethnic group boycotts visit to Opera House

Deborah Snow Myanmarese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Sydney on Wednesday for a five-day visit, during which she is expected to seek the Abbott government's support for stronger constitutional...

Christopher Pyne pledges $230m as Abbott government goes into damage control over Gonski decision

Cash

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...