The former prime minister has thrust himself back into the spotlight, calling on his successor to call an election as soon as possible. Here's why.
Disgruntled backbencher Julia Banks announces she is quitting the Liberal Party, further weakening the Government's hold on the House of Representatives, with her decision coming just as Scott Morrison indicates Australians will likely head to the polls in May.
It's been about a decade since Australia's budget was in surplus, but Deloitte Access Economics is forecasting we will get there in 2019-20, and that could mean both political parties spend more money to woo voters ahead of next year's federal election.
Senator Jim Molan withdraws from a scheduled appearance on the ABC's Q&A program, saying he can no longer defend the Liberals after being placed in an unwinnable position on its NSW Senate ticket.
Low-income taxpayers would be able to access free legal advice and help during tax disputes, under a Federal Opposition plan aimed at helping small business and individual taxpayers who may feel disadvantaged fighting the Australian Taxation Office.
A federal Labor government would grant the Tax Commissioner the powers to name and shame individuals and entities as a penalty for the most serious tax offences.
The Prime Minister signals the start of the Coalition's re-election bid with a week-long bus road trip throughout marginal seats across Queensland.