Prime Minister Tony Abbott appears to have shut the door on an increase in Australia's intake of Syrian refugees even as his cabinet moves closer to approving air strikes on the strife-torn nation.
Adam Gartrell, National Political Correspondent Tony Abbott is about to mark his second anniversary as prime minister. Here’s what he has to do to reach his third.
Michael Gordon An impassioned plea from a Coalition MP appears to have prompted the Abbott government to consider taking more refugees from Syria as a response to the growing humanitarian crisis in Europe.
Sarah Whyte Board members on the National Disability Insurance Scheme were given a "midnight ambush" when their jobs were advertised in a national paper before they were told, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says.
David Wroe Laws to strip dual national terrorists of their Australian citizenship are likely to be passed by Parliament within a fortnight after a bipartisan committee of MPs backed the legislation while urging significant changes.
Nicole Hasham The New York Times has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government's asylum seeker policies, urging European leaders not to follow suit.
Mark Kenny A referendum on same-sex marriage could lead to a weakened Federal Parliament and even more ambiguity over the legal regulation of marriage, and a plebiscite would leave the matter in Parliament's court anyway, according to top-level legal advice.
Kate Aubusson An accidental internet filter if buffering the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton against a large chunk of his online naysayers. Its name is Peter Dutton.
Nicole Hasham Last week's visa-check debacle in Melbourne, Operation Fortitude, has many questioning the motivation of the new Border Force whose actions left ordinary citizens feeling intimidated and unwelcome.
Mark Kenny The New York Times has urged European leaders not to adopt the heartless Australian model of denying asylum seekers exercising the maritime option in their bid to escape war and seek a better, safer life.