Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and the President of the Senate Stephen Parry ordered a lock down of the ministerial wing of Parliament House and a ban on unaccompanied passes.
The sentencing of former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper is expected to begin today.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has slammed Australia for its treatment of Aborigines and supported calls for a truth and justice commission to lay bare the horrors of the past.
Why on earth do we need compulsory superannuation? Economists will tell you it's because we are stupid, if they think we need it at all.
One woman is dead and another is being treated in hospital after reports of a stabbing at Taree, on the NSW mid-north coast.
Premier Mike Baird knows NSW is a winning state - but is already betting on a clean sweep as the hotly contested football codes reach their crescendo from this weekend.
Clive Palmer has distanced his party from incendiary statements on the burqa and sharia law by PUP senator Jacqui Lambie.
Cracks have emerged in the bipartisan political response to the rising terrorist threat, with concern inside Labor at the extent and practicality of enhanced powers the federal government plans to grant security agencies.
NSW Premier Mike Baird has signalled possible state government intervention in response to allegations that ratepayers are funding undercover operatives to have sex with prostitutes to help build a legal case for the closure of brothels.