Tony Abbott has expressed support for a push to ban the burqa from Parliament House on security grounds, prompting senior Liberal figures to distance themselves from the Prime Minister.
The federal government has beaten a tactical retreat on welfare cuts in its budget in order to ring-fence nearly $4 billion in savings after it became clear it would lose its entire package of welfare changes worth in excess of $9 billion to the bottom line.
Tony Abbott has given the green light to the first aerial missions over Iraq, in an "assistance" capacity initially, in a move seen as a precursor to the authorisation of full combat sorties by Australian war planes within days.
Lateline will remain on air next year, ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has said privately, despite speculation the current affairs program would be axed.
As one military figure put it recently, "blind Freddy" could see that the Abbott government was ready and willing to contribute to military action against the Islamic State.
Billionaire retailer Gerry Harvey says it is "morally wrong" for a company to avoid paying tax in its home country.
Australia's new federal police chief says low-tech terrorism, which can be incited from around the world, makes the Islamic State era a new kind of threat that will take years to stamp out.
Members of Canberra's Islamic community have panned talk of a burqa ban at Parliament House as discriminatory.
The appointment of Andrew Colvin as the next Australian Federal Police commissioner could be seen as keeping the ship steady at a time when the nation's terror alert has been raised.
The senator who defended the rights of smokers and said they were being disproportionately slugged through tobacco taxes has confirmed his party accepted donations from tobacco giant Phillip Morris.