Television veteran Ray Martin is facing calls to step down from an editorial audit of the ABC's Q&A program, after he described a government boycott of the program as "silly" and backed the impartiality of host Tony Jones.
Royce Millar and Anna Patty On Wednesday, Bill Shorten faces one of the toughest tests of his political life as Tony Abbott's royal commission on trade unions turns its spotlight on the Opposition Leader's union and Labor factional past.
Peter Hannam A drop in energy use by Australians has slashed billions of dollars from energy bills since 2010, but those savings are threatened by policies by the Abbott government and some conservative state governments, a report by The Australia Institute finds.
Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government and Labor opposition have refused to back the Productivity Commission's call to prevent older workers from accessing their super before they turn 65.
Michael Gordon Indigenous MP Ken Wyatt has rejected claims by Noel Pearson that Monday's summit of Aboriginal leaders was "highly stage-managed" by Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten.
Nicole Hasham A remote order of monks, flat-earthers and a self-appointed Spanish eagle enthusiast are among the vociferous fringe elements of the anti-wind lobby to formally object to the fledgling industry.
Gareth Hutchens The Abbott government ministry is one of the worst in the developed world for gender balance.
Matthew Knott The man chosen to conduct an independent audit of Q&A, television veteran Ray Martin, says he cannot believe Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered his frontbenchers not to appear on the ABC program until his inquiry is complete.
James Massola, Anna Patty, Royce Millar A defiant Bill Shorten has dared Tony Abbott to "bring it on" and fight Labor head-to-head over worker's rights, declaring he "relishes" the chance to front the trade union royal commission on Wednesday and "talk about what I believe to be every Australian's right – a good, safe job with proper pay and conditions".
Matthew Knott Nowadays, Tony Abbott calls the ABC's Q&A a "lefty lynch mob" and has instructed his cabinet ministers to boycott the program, but it wasn't always this way.
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