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.
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.
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.
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.
Declan Rurenga, Latika Bourke Surely there's an Australian who's deserving of an award locals say.
Judith Ireland Community groups have been thrown a last minute lifeline by the Abbott government, after Social Services Minister Scott Morrison announced bridging funding for those delivering frontline services.
Dan Harrison The nation's food ministers have rejected advice from Australia's food standards agency that hemp be allowed to be used in food.
Deborah Snow Strategies for social harmony with Islamist groups are complex and may require more than a year's worth of program funding.
Mark Kenny Liberal hopes that Tony Abbott would begin the political year on a more positive footing have been shaken by his declaration that potential leadership rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull are more popular with voters because they have a good "captain" at the helm.