Victoria Police has conceded significant failures in the way it dealt with gangland witnesses and informers, but is confident reforms will prevent a repeat of the disasters that have dogged the case of murdered informer Terence Hodson.
Dan Harrison The head of the nation's main spy agency has strongly defended proposals to require phone and internet providers to store customer metadata for two years, declaring this was the "minimum" period of time it would consider acceptable.
Judith Ireland Natasha Stott Despoja has been campaigning against domestic violence ever since she was a small child and her journalist mother, Shirley, would take her along to women's refuges.
Peter Hartcher, James Massola The two leading contenders to replace Tony Abbott as Liberal leader are resisting the efforts of their colleagues to draft them to challenge the Prime Minister.
Mark Kenny Paul Keating rose to the most demanding office in the land propelled by a fearsome reputation as the Federal Parliament's most devastating wordsmith and, on occasions, its most soaring orator.
Nick Toscano Dozens of workers have walked out of a factory where they spent four days holed up in the lunchroom as part of a heated industrial dispute.
Paul McGeough Australian quarantine officials are 'cautiously optimistic' their trial planting of sunflower seeds taken from the MH17 crash site will produce enough seeds to distribute as mementos to families and friends of those who died in the crash.
Jacqueline Maley and James Massola When the Prime Minister stands on the podium at the National Press Club on Monday, he has one chief task: to wrench our gaze forward and make his listeners, from the journalists in the room to the ordinary voters who consume their politics via snippets on the nightly news, focus on the future.
Matt Wade Yanis Varoufakis, the maverick Greek intellectual appointed to one of the world's toughest economic posts, says the 12 years he lived and worked in Sydney has left an "indelible impression" him.
Liam Mannix There's a cramped desk of metal and brown smoked glass in Theresia's vacant room. It's where she does her homework. Above it, on the freshly repainted wall, hangs a dreamcatcher.