On a recent flight, former prime minister Julia Gillard was randomly passed a "generous" handwritten note by another passenger — a young woman who works in the public service.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears unsteady and visibly shakes as she greets the new Ukrainian leader under the hot sun in Berlin, later saying she clearly hadn't drunk enough water.
More than two decades since Philip Nitschke set fire to the "disgusting, pathetic" bill overturning voluntary euthanasia in the Northern Territory, the region remains in a stranglehold, banned from even debating the issue.
Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson is charging towards Downing Street in a campaign based on saying nothing — the "submarine" strategy — and it's working.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to North Korea on Thursday for two days, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit the reclusive country in 14 years.
The Papua New Guinea Government says it wants security company Paladin's contract to work on Manus to be terminated at the end of the month, despite Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton saying it would likely be extended.
Anthony Albanese can clamp down on the CFMEU in a way Bill Shorten couldn't, but will it be enough to stymie a fresh push by the Coalition to crack down on union misconduct, asks Michelle Grattan.
A key element of the NT Government's budget repair plan is in limbo, with a union saying it has received legal advice that public service executives cannot be forced to sign pay freeze agreements.
The most divisive project in recent Australian history can finally break ground. But sceptics still struggle to see how Adani will turn a profit from a remote thermal coal mine in the era of the Paris climate agreement.
You probably wouldn't recognise these people if you passed them on the street, but their access and influence gives them real clout.
Australia's election results have driven some men on Manus Island to despair. Now PNG officials are demanding Canberra take responsibility before the situation spirals out of control.
The Northern Territory Government lifts its three-year moratorium on exploration fracking for onshore shale gas in the Beetaloo Basin, and expects engineering works could resume within days.
Northern Territory Planning Minister Eva Lawler is accused of "inciting violence" after claims she said "quick, grab her and bash her" to an Opposition staffer in a Parliament House lift.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation party is hit by another MP defection as Charles Smith, one of its three West Australian parliamentarians, quits to sit as an independent in the state's Upper House.
Two ministers in the Gunner Government are the focus of separate complaints made to the Northern Territory Speaker, a budget estimates hearing in Darwin is told.
As Iran scales back some of its commitments under an Obama-era nuclear pact, Tehran accuses European powers of "shameful" cooperation with Trump.
London's High Court throws out an attempt to prosecute Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to succeed Theresa May as the UK's prime minister, for allegedly lying about the financial benefit of Brexit during the 2016 EU referendum campaign.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been urged to invest in girls' education in Solomon Islands, as a report reveals the Pacific nation has one of the lowest secondary school graduation rates for girls in the world.
Labor's frontbench is a puzzle of gender equality, talent and factional juggling. Not everyone is a winner, writes Michelle Grattan.
Australia's newly minted Minister for Women has been advocating behind the scenes for women in the Liberal Party for decades. But Marise Payne has her work cut out for her in this new job.
Andrew Barr is setting up next week's budget as a good news story for Canberra — but a $45 million surplus is masking a forecast deficit for the coming financial year.
Smaller cattle businesses that downsized in drought are now struggling to apply for disaster assistance following February's floods.
Papua New Guinea's former finance minister James Marape is elected by the the Pacific nation's Parliament as its new Prime Minister after weeks of political unrest.