Matthew Knott New Social Services Minister Scott Morrison has shelved changes aimed at tackling "child-swapping" rorts in family day care centres, days before they were to come into force.
James Massola, Matthew Knott Former Howard government cabinet minister Mal Brough is being urged to challenge Tony Abbott for the prime ministership as a stalking horse for alternative leaders such as Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull.
Allison Worrall Australians should boycott knighthoods and damehoods by refusing to refer to knights and dames by their title, says former Foreign Minister Bob Carr.
Peter Hartcher, James Massola The two leading contenders to replace Tony Abbott as Liberal leader are resisting the efforts of their colleagues to draft them to challenge the Prime Minister.
Matthew Knott Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to radically water down, or dump entirely, his paid parental leave scheme in a bid to shore up support among frustrated backbench MPs.
Jacqueline Maley and James Massola When the Prime Minister stands on the podium at the National Press Club on Monday, he has one chief task: to wrench our gaze forward and make his listeners, from the journalists in the room to the ordinary voters who consume their politics via snippets on the nightly news, focus on the future.
Mark Kenny Paul Keating rose to the most demanding office in the land propelled by a fearsome reputation as the Federal Parliament's most devastating wordsmith and, on occasions, its most soaring orator.
Dan Harrison The head of the nation's main spy agency has strongly defended proposals to require phone and internet providers to store customer metadata for two years, declaring this was the "minimum" period of time it would consider acceptable.
Judith Ireland Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence ever since she was a small child and her journalist mother, Shirley, would take her along to women's refuges.