Former soldier and senior Labor figure Mike Kelly has hit back at WA Liberal candidate Andrew Hastie over his remark that the former Labor government did not fully support Australian troops in Afghanistan.
Allison Worrall A Liberal MP has a bad case of foot-in-mouth after mistakenly agreeing with the union movement on Twitter.
Eryk Bagshaw The NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli has banned a Sydney school from screening a film about children with gay parents during school hours.
Mark Kenny The Abbott government's multimillion-dollar inquiry into trade union corruption has been delayed again amid fresh claims that email traffic relating to a Liberal Party function were withheld from union lawyers when they originally applied for the Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon to step down last week.
Andrew Darby Senior federal Liberal Eric Abetz has distanced himself from the Mantach funds scandal, as the Australian Electoral Commission confirms it is examining a $48,000 debt repaid to the party.
Jane Lee, James Massola The ACTU is calling for Dyson Heydon to defer his decision on whether to resign from the Royal Commission into Trade Unions, saying he may have misled the public on why he withdrew from a Liberal Party fundraiser.
Lucy Cormack Hugo Todd Atkinson wants his parents on his birth certificate - his mums and his dad. But current law won't allow that.
Heath Aston The novice leadership team of the Greens has made a potentially damaging tactical blunder after party members "bombarded" crossbench senators with phone calls urging them to oppose the Abbott government's legal attack on environment groups.
Heath Aston The task facing Andrew Hastie, the former SAS soldier hoping to retain the seat of Canning for the Liberal Party at next month's crunch byelection in Western Australia just got trickier.
Jewel Topsfield and Kate Aubusson Australian Ron Schneider has reportedly been killed in a surfing accident in the Mentawai islands in Indonesia.