A certain frustration has been foaming on the surface of the nation's capital for some time, and the bubble everyone's been talking about lately has brought this pot of rage to boiling point.
With an overwhelming expectation of Labor victory at the next election, "union bred, fed and led" Bill Shorten, as Scott Morrison likes to call him, needs to make it clear how he would work with the union movement and where his industrial relations policies lie, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Liberal Party has a goal for women to make up half of the partyroom by 2025, but so far has endorsed just 15 female candidates in winnable Lower House seats for the 2019 poll.
The Prime Minister says it is crucial the public has confidence in Commonwealth employees and agencies, as he bows to pressure from crossbench MPs to establish a corruption watchdog.
Parliament House in Canberra was designed to facilitate democracy, but instead symbolises the emptiness at the heart of our nation. And its centrepiece — a large slab of reflective granite — evokes a desire to throw coins and to wish for something better, writes Kim Dovey.
Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says legitimate concerns remain over the encrypted message access bill, but he was not prepared to risk Australia's national security over the parliamentary break.
After an excruciating two weeks, with a trouncing in Victoria, a Liberal defection, Malcolm Turnbull's provocations and an impasse with Labor, Scott Morrison retires to enjoy his first — and likely last — Christmas at Kirribilli, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Federal Government apologises to ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas after she was thrown out of Question Time for wearing a half-sleeve top, with the Speaker flagging a review of the dress code for female journalists.
An attendant at Parliament House asked Ms Karvelas to leave as she was showing "too much shoulder" and was in breach of parliamentary dress standards. Here's the backstory.