A brief hiatus over the holiday season, then the grim reality of 2014 looms, with the Abbott government axing any organisation that could be seen as inimical to them.
Last week the friends, associates and plain hangers-on of Tony Abbott lined up eagerly at the trough to see what they could get out of it.
Appalling development projects, actions against the Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef and an axe hanging over a forestry agreement in Tasmania gives much to despair about Greg Hunt MP.
The late Nelson Mandela was also a politician, and proof that moral greatness and politics can actually go hand in hand.
Spy scandals continue to embarrass the new coalition government but Canberra's response has been classic foot in mouth insensitivity to our neighbours.
Tactics that worked for Tony Abbott in the boxing ring don't sit so well on the international stage.
The Abbott government is taking the knife to just about everything in order to indulge in its own priorities, except rorts for the rich.
What's all the fuss about countries spying on each other, It's been going on for ages, and our embassies are part and parcel of these operations.
The recent NSW bushfires have put global warming on the agenda with experts saying it played a role, but Tony Åbbott would rather shoot the messenger.
What is and isn't legit electorate business is still up for interpretation and Abbott's government needs to take it more seriously.
Legitimate entitlement or rort? There's a fine line for some parliamentarians of what should be at the public's expense.
There's a terribly well mannered battle for leadership of what's left of the Labor party, but plenty of dissing going on in the rank-and-file.
Tony Abbott faces unexpected challenges in his first two weeks in government, including the ACT’s plan to legalise gay marriage.
Just what does Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott mean by 'normal'? The Liberals' policy vacuum does not bode well for an easy ride ahead.
Whatever new prime minister Tony Abbott says about expecting no surprises under his leadership, it won't be an easy ride.
Tony Abbott and the rest of the Liberal candidates are curling up in a corner and making themselves small targets, expecting to be swept into office on a wave of distaste for the Labor Party. Video Sharon Shostak
Minor wins and debating success are gaining Rudd some ground against Abbott, but News Limited is losing credibility. Sharon Shostak video See the Echo’s full election coverage on the page Election 2013
Tony Abbott’s recent gaffs have prompted an avalanche of jokes, and Mungo’s in the mood for more. Video Sharon Shostak
Rupert Murdoch has managed to push his way into the contest between Abbott and Rudd, and he’s making sure everyone in News Ltd is parroting his opinion. Video Sharon Shostak
Weaving election magic Relying on imported ‘magicians’ to run election campaigns can be risky business for politicians in Australia. Sharon Shostak video
Escalating brutality Tony Abbott’s latest announcement is very odd, and may even be unconstitutional, in his bid to upstage Rudd’s Papua New Guinea solution for asylum seekers. Sharon Shostak video
Contradictions and double negatives Tony Abbott’s contempt for things that he can’t see doesn’t enlighten us on what he really believes we should be doing about climate change. Sharon Shostak video
Hitting the ground running Kevin Rudd has recently covered an enormous amount of ground, both geographically and policy-wise, perhaps to the detriment of his judgement. Sharon Shostak video
Harsh words from dark corners The swearing-in of Ed Husic, Australia’s first Muslim MP to reach high office, caused quite a stir in the cesspools of talkback radio, the internet and the tabloid press last week.
Shuffling the deckchairs Neither Julia Gillard nor Kevin Rudd can unite the ALP, let alone the community. But when the alternative is Tony Abbott, the Rudd return does make a certain amount of sense.