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.
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.
Michael Short During the past quarter of a century, many people throughout the world have been prepared to risk their lives to have the opportunity to approximate the lifestyle many Australians perhaps take for...
Mark Kenny Former prime minister Kevin Rudd is to quit politics at the end of this week.
Peter Martin Aggressive cuts in interest rates, a dramatically lower dollar and wage freezes for the lowest paid are part of a radical manifesto being put forward by economist Ross Garnaut.
Stamp prices are set to rise after Australia Post lost $187 million on traditional mail services.
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.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker Bribery, corruption and cover-ups in Leighton Holdings' international construction empire were rife and known to top company executives and directors, according to internal company files.
Lucy Battersby NBN Co will continue connecting fibre to homes where construction has started but will also start testing copper-based broadband technologies under instructions from the new Communications Minister.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a 'methodical, measured, calm' government. But he's overlooking something.
Tim Colebatch The Labor government oversaw one of the world's best economic performances and then lost its way. Where is Tony Abbott heading?
Royce Millar Tony Abbott intends to abolish body monitoring the billions received by charities each year.
Gareth Hutchens A former Howard government adviser has warned Australia will need to increase taxes on its wealthiest families if it does not want standards of living to drop.
Lucy Battersby The two major parties are at odds over how much the country should spend to get better broadband connection. Underneath all the bluster, are their proposals so different?
Peter Hartcher Malcolm Turnbull has no prospect of leading the Liberal Party to the election, despite a recent surge in media speculation and public interest.
Heath Aston, Additional reporting from AAP There is something Tony Abbott needs to stop before the election - and it has nothing to do with boats.
Michael Short Young people are passionate about ideas and policy, but find national politics unengaging. Olly Tripodi wants to see an annual gathering to propose and debate mock bills, some of which become actual...
From Gina Rinehart to The Wiggles, some of the more memorable quotes from notable Australians this past year.
Mark Kenny, Heath Aston Telstra tried to fast-track compensation arrangements for its employees exposed to asbestos but was rebuffed by Tony Abbott's own department back in 2001.
Michael Gordon Regular consumers of television or online news over the past 12 months could be excused for thinking that Tony Abbott, possesses just one solitary tie, the pale blue one you see him wearing whenever...