Tony Abbott has denied his office had any knowledge of the cancelled Australian Border Force operation in Melbourne.
Nicole Hasham The Abbott government is under pressure to explain why the Australian Border Force ruined a complex police-led operation in Melbourne by implying people would be randomly stopped for visa checks.
Lucy Cormack Former independent MP Tony Windsor has slammed a bungled government operation that would have seen people stopped for passport checks on the streets of Melbourne, telling ABC radio he had no doubt that some in the Abbott government "hope that something goes wrong domestically."
Sarah Whyte and Fergus Hunter Progress has been made in smoking and Indigenous birthweights, but not in reading rates and employment.
Nicole Hasham The Senate this month rejected a push to force restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaway shops to disclose if their seafood is local or imported.
Mark Kenny No matter who decided it was a good idea for the freshly uniformed paramilitary types of the Australian Border Force to team up with police to randomly intercept citizens in Melbourne to undertake random visa checks this weekend, it is a very bad look for the Abbott government.
Tom McIlroy High profile former Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh won't contest the 2016 federal election,
Lisa Cox Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he does not believe Dyson Heydon should stand down as the head of the royal commission into trade unions.
Philip Wen Andrew Robb has described the trade union movement's opposition to Australia's free trade agreement with China as "nothing short of economic sabotage".
Alana Schetzer What do you do when something appears so ridiculous, so absurd, that a logical response just doesn't cut it?