Treasurer Joe Hockey has made policy on the run on the ABC's Q&A program, undertaking to ask the state treasurers to consider exempting women's sanitary products from the GST and undercutting his prime minister on superannuation.
Judith Ireland The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party's marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir federal parliament into action on same-sex marriage.
Noel Towell Public Servants at the Department of Industry have rejected a new wage deal in three-to-one workplace ballot drubbing.
Ross Peake Pressure on reserved car parks at Parliament House has risen after paid parking was introduced, including in the public car park, although most don't stay long enough to pay the fee.
Ross Peake Labor senators have questioned how their email addresses, and those of their staff, were provided to a private research company.The company is being paid around $22,000 to survey Senators, MPs and their staff on the work of the Parliamentary Budget Office.
Ross Peake The failure to spend money earmarked for the security upgrade at Parliament House was incompetent budgeting, a Senate estimates hearing was told on Monday.
Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Prime Minister Tony Abbott has branded home-grown terrorism "a serious threat to our safety as a people and as a nation", and one which "regrettably is getting worse not better" as he named a second national security co-ordinator.
Mark Kenny, Chief Political Correspondent There is an episode of political satire The Hollowmen in which a counter-terrorism review concludes there are too many agencies and some should be scotched or merged.
Eryk Bagshaw An Iranian asylum seeker who claims she was sexually assaulted on Nauru has given graphic new details of her alleged ordeal, as allegations of sexual abuse continue to swirl around the Australian detention centre on the Pacific Island.