New Defence Minister Stephen Smith takes his first tour of Afghanistan, announcing he will ask the Australian government for more police trainers.
Philip Dorling The US shares intelligence without sifting it to remove details about its citizens.
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.
Michaela Whitbourn She has worked for a High Court judge, rubbed shoulders with Kevin Rudd at the UN and published articles on human rights law.
Mark Kenny, Peter Martin The possible withdrawal of car maker Holden could trigger a recession in southern states, it is feared.
David Wroe The army has sacked six soldiers at the centre of the notorious "Jedi Council", whose members swapped grossly demeaning emails and videos about women they had slept with.
David Wroe An army reservist who was allegedly a key member of the ''Jedi Council'' internet sex ring was sacked by defence contractor Thales in 2010 - yet was not suspended by Defence until more than two years...
Anne Davies Found guilty of fraud, Troy Bremer spent years in a brutal Beijing jail - just one of a growing number of Australians caught up in the Chinese prison system.
Labor challenger Mark McGowan concedes defeat in the West Australian election.
David Wroe Afghan officials are set to be charged with mistreating prisoners at a detention facility to which Australia had previously transferred suspected insurgents, Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said.
It is a piece of America. At least that's the vibe in the large cafeteria at the top-secret Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap near Alice Springs.
Philip Dorling Central Australia's Pine Gap spy base played a key role in the United States' controversial drone strikes involving the ''targeted killing'' of al-Qaeda and Taliban chiefs, Fairfax Media can reveal.
Bianca Hall, David Wroe The record number of boats coming to Australia shows no signs of easing, with more than 1000 asylum seekers arriving since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his new plan to stop them.
Daniel Hurst An Australian soldier has died during a battle with insurgents in Afghanistan, bringing the Australian Defence Force toll to 40.
Daniel Hurst Political and military leaders vow to hold firm in Afghanistan after 40th Australian killed.
David Wroe, Daniel Hurst The Australian special forces soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday has been named as Corporal Cameron Stewart Baird.
Michael Gordon and Mark Kenny Kevin Rudd has dumped Julia Gillard's proposed September 14 election date and is weighing up whether to go earlier or delay the poll to maximise his chances of rebuilding public confidence in the...
David Wroe Defence is reeling from another internet sex scandal in which at least 17 male army officers circulated footage of members having sex, tagged with demeaning commentary about the women.
As federal Labor MPs pack their suitcases to return to Canberra this week they could well bring further leadership speculation with them.
Katharine Murphy Labor's political woes federally affected efforts by WA Labor leader Mark McGowan to defeat Premier Colin Barnett , senior ministers say.