He was at the centre of a "bogans and third-generation morons" spat, but Leo Schofield had the last laugh at the Helpmann Awards on Monday, with an opera from his Brisbane Baroque festival beating Opera Australia to the coveted best opera award.
Sean Nicholls, Royce Millar Prime Minister Tony Abbott and opposition leader Bill Shorten have traded blows over the influence of political donations from registered clubs on their parties' poker machine policies while in government.
John Garnaut, Asia Pacific Editor The United States is preparing to retreat from demands that could have pushed the price of innovative medicines out of reach of millions of patients with intractable diseases, as ministers arrive in Hawaii this week to seal a huge new trade deal.
Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent The ALP's National Conference decision to give its MPs a free vote on same-sex marriage for the remainder of this parliamentary term and the next, has been seized on by opponents of the reform within the Liberal party-room who believe it provides Tony Abbott with a justification to do nothing.
Leesha McKenny Sydney faces some of the poorest travel to work times in the world, and the city's gaping inequity means you can determine someone's social outcomes by their postcode, an upper house inquiry has heard.
Peter Hannam Renewable-energy backers are prepared to pour as much as $13 billion in new projects in NSW – provided the investment climate is right.
Nicole Hasham Australian authorities used the cover of darkness to whisk back a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers back to their homeland by plane, where three of them have been detained, a Vietnamese advocacy group says.
Judith Ireland Australia's peak body for nannies has hit out at guidelines for the government's nanny subsidy trial, arguing the program has been "set up to fail".
Tom Arup There is some international "head scratching" over Australia's national position on climate chang says former United States Vice President Al Gore, who has used his short visit to Melbourne to paint a bullish picture of the economic benefits of renewable energy and the prospects of this year's Paris climate summit.
Jane Lee Family courts lack information about parents' history of family violence, and cannot prevent survivors from being cross-examined by their abusers, a royal commission has been told.