Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s missteps have begun eroding the party’s standing in NSW, eight weeks before Premier Mike Baird faces the electorate and after a dramatic rout in Queensland.
Peter Hartcher, Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop, under growing pressure from their colleagues to challenge Tony Abbott for the prime ministership, are now actively considering their options, bringing closer the prospect of a strike against Mr Abbott in the weeks ahead.
Mark Kenny, chief political correspondent Tony Abbott's grip on the leadership has been dealt another blow with the revelation that voters across the country are abandoning the Coalition in droves, making a Queensland-style electoral rout in 2016 a genuine possibility.
James Robertson The NSW government’s clinical trial of medicinal cannabis is inappropriate for patients suffering extreme pain and the drug should be legally approved, a paper in a top medical journal argues.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester A police plan to "download" Carl Williams about his knowledge of unsolved gangland murders was discovered by criminals, including a gangland figure who was able to easily breach jail security to encourage Williams' murder.
Peter Martin Concern about weakness at the heart of the Australian economy lies behind the Reserve Bank's determination to cut interest rates, a move most likely at its first board meeting for the year on Tuesday.
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, John Silvester One of Victoria's top detectives has revealed how he refused an order from former police chief commissioner Simon Overland to take a statement from a key gangland witness because it may have exposed the witness to underworld reprisals or even death.
Latika Bourke Voters appear to be trusting that the eclectic mix of crossbenchers who control the balance of the power in the Senate will continue to block unpopular budget moves with a new survey showing voters concerns about their financial comfort easing.
Michael Idato The Oscar campaign for the critically acclaimed film Birdman has accelerated, with the film taking out four of the seven awards at the 4th annual AACTA Awards.
Ross Peake In aftermath of the Queensland election, federal and territory politicians draw strong parallels between agressive styles of Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman and say cuts to public service were a strong factor in the LNP defeat and are a common threat with the federal Coalition.