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.
Cabramatta is leading the way in what is rapidly becoming a world cuisine tour across Sydney.
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.
James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to a sound case, only for Justice John Middleton to tear it down.
In a highly unusual move, the Abbott government supported a Greens Senate motion saying freedom in the sensitive province is 'tightly restricted' by the Indonesia government and expressing concern at the imprisonment of two French journalists.
When the Gladesville Bridge opened in 1964, engineers declared its impressive concrete arches, which stretch 300 metres across the Parramatta River, would stand for 2000 years.
Another veteran NSW construction union official has broken ranks to accuse senior union officials of maligning and labelling as "dogs" any union officerl who speaks out about corruption and intimidation inside the branch.