"This is at a time when we have never, ever needed more outstanding leaders," said Hawke.
Noel Towell "How can this possibly end well?" ABS insider asks.
Damien Murphy The locals of New England can't quite believe Barnarby Joyce was dumb enough to be a dual citizen. But that doesn't mean they want to turf him out.
Matthew Knott Pauline Hanson's bid to change the ABC charter and force the broadcaster to reveal the salaries of its top presenters appears doomed to fail.
Eryk Bagshaw Treasurer Scott Morrison is encouraging older Australians to downsize and "free up home for larger families" after a Fairfax Media analysis of census data found more than 2000 homes in Sydney and Melbourne with six or more bedrooms and only one person living in them.
David Wroe, national security correspondent MPs from across the political divide want to examine what role the Department of Veterans Affairs has in worsening veterans' mental health.
Rachel Browne, Rachel Olding A man has died after being trapped under rubble when a brick wall collapsed at a building site in Sydney's north-west.
James Massola The Turnbull government is optimistic it can strike a shock deal with the Senate crossbench and pass the $7.8 billion Medicare levy
Rachel Olding, David Wroe and Michael Koziol Australian authorities believe that notorious Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been killed in Syria.
Adam Gartrell, Amy Remeikis Plans from Labor and the Coalition would set a dangerous precedent of partisan referrals, setting the stage for a damaging free-for-all.
Cootamundra LAC police busted an elaborate hydroponic Cannabis growing system inside a shipping container on a Murringo property ...
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