Instead of asking how long it will take for gay marriage to become legal, perhaps it is better to ask: what are the chances the Prime Minister will change his mind to allow a free vote on the bill?
Matthew Knott In an industry dominated by attention seekers, this man exerts his influence off camera, in the shadows
James Massola and Judith Ireland Tony Abbott's sister, Christine Forster, has directly challenged the Prime Minister to allow his MPs a free vote on a cross-party same-sex marriage bill, as Liberal Party divisions erupt and the government's leader in the Senate, Eric Abetz, warns ministers who wanted to vote for the legislation to quit the frontbench.
Jewel Topsfield and Karuni Rompies The Indonesian government has denied suggestions by former foreign minister Marty Natalegawa that Australia's relationship with Indonesia is at its lowest point.
David Wroe, National Security Correspondent Former prime minister John Howard has moved to defuse the controversy over top bureaucrat Michael Thawley's dismissal of China's global leadership qualities, saying the official has played a key role in developing Australia's relationship with Beijing.
Sarah Whyte, Milingimbi, Northern Territory Building a coffin may seem like a grim task, but for Indigenous residents of a remote island 440 kilometres east of Darwin, it offers the chance of meaningful work and helping their community.
Lisa Cox The independent Climate Change Authority has called for Australia to set tougher emissions reduction targets than the United States and Canada ahead of a global climate summit in Paris in December.
Craig Butt Jonathan Brown and Kevin Newman have decided to follow their hearts and plan a wedding.
Lisa Cox The risk that other countries will copy Australia's hardline asylum seeker policies is low, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has told an international gathering in Geneva.
Jeremiah Ganicoche Want a T-shirt signed by Kevin Rudd? It will set you back a mere $800. What about a poster signed by Julia Gillard? That'll be $700, thanks.