Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the country's most respected Indigenous leaders on how to proceed toward constitutional recognition, saying it could lead to "something akin to a log of claims that is unlikely to receive general support".
Nicole Hasham The party room will decide the next speaker of the Parliament, Tony Abbott says, signalling he will not repeat the so-called "captain's pick" that led to Bronwyn Bishop taking the coveted chair.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott has all but declared Bronwyn Bishop's political career over, following her resignation from the Speakership in disgrace over her lavish use of taxpayer-funded travel perks.
Mark Kenny and Peter Hartcher Victorian Liberal Tony Smith and South Australian Liberal Andrew Southcott have emerged as the most promising chances to fill the void left by disgraced former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.
Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a sweeping review of parliamentary entitlements after the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as speaker. But what rules and perks could be put under the inquiry's microscope?
Judith Ireland Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.
Matt Wade The government's childcare assistance package threatens to confuse and intimidate many parents, experts say.
Tom Arup The Abbott government should draw up national rules dictating how wind farms are built and operated and punish states that do not accept them, a Senate committee inquiry into wind turbines has urged.
Michael Koziol The internet is an unforgiving beast. It makes fact-checking simple, scrutiny constant and history impossible to erase. In such circumstances words can easily come back to bite you.
Jane Lee National security laws to boost the Abbott government's powers over returning foreign fighters and asylum seekers who arrive by boat, and the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are among those that interfere with "traditional freedoms" and should be reviewed, the Australian Law Reform Commission says.