Prime Minister Tony Abbott considered his close personal friend, The Australian newspaper’s Greg Sheridan, for the plumb posting of High Commissioner to Singapore after the 2013 election.
Heath Aston Tony Abbott's "knightmare" start to 2015 could eventually cost him the prime ministership but his political failure would come at a quantifiable price for Barnaby Joyce: $700,000.
Deborah Snow Strategies for social harmony with Islamist groups are complex and may require more than a year's worth of program funding.
Latika Bourke Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will "absolutely" lead the government to the next election and has described the strong performances of potential leadership rivals Julie Bishop and Malcolm Turnbull as the result of their "good captain".
Mark Kenny Some are said to be actively considering Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull, but others are dismissive.
James Massola Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary defence of Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring the Prime Minister should be held accountable for his own mistakes.
Latika Bourke Clive Palmer says he regrets once attacking Peta Credlin and has told media baron Rupert Murdoch to lay off from "personally" attacking Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief of staff.
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Noel Towell Thousands of public servants at the Immigration Department and Customs a service will have to get physical if they want a job at the new "Australian Border Force".
Lisa Cox Australia's Privacy Commissioner has questioned whether phone and internet providers should be required to store customer metadata for as long as two years.