Victorian Liberal Tony Smith and South Australian Liberal Andrew Southcott have emerged as the most promising chances to fill the void left by disgraced former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.
Jane Lee National security laws to boost the Abbott government's powers over returning foreign fighters and asylum seekers who arrive by boat, and the controversial section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act are among those that interfere with "traditional freedoms" and should be reviewed, the Australian Law Reform Commission says.
Nicole Hasham The party room will decide the next speaker of the Parliament, Tony Abbott says, signalling he will not repeat the so-called "captain's pick" that led to Bronwyn Bishop taking the coveted chair.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has endangered Indigenous support for constitutional recognition of the first Australians by ignoring the advice of Noel Pearson, the Indigenous leader he has called a visionary and a prophet.
Michael Gordon Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the country's most respected Indigenous leaders on how to proceed toward constitutional recognition, saying it could lead to "something akin to a log of claims that is unlikely to receive general support".
Paul Bibby The judge who shocked the legal fraternity and broader community by saying incest was no less 'unnatural' than homosexuality has said he was in part 'misinterpreted'.
Noel Towell We were running around like headless chooks, department's boss admits.
Anne Davies When Bronwyn Bishop arrived in Canberra as a newly minted senator in 1987 to fill a casual vacancy, she already enjoyed a formidable reputation. With her trademark up-swept blond hair, killer heels, red lipstick and power jackets, Bishop stood out in the Liberal Party, not just because she was one of the few females, but because she wore her ambition like a tiara.
Cameron Atfield Two Brisbane MPs have been touted as possible replacements for Bronwyn Bishop in the Speaker's chair in Parliament House.
Emma Partridge, State Politics reporter It is used like a gun, looks like a gun and scares like a gun - and it is perfectly legal to buy at toy stores.