Mike Baird, Australia’s most popular leader won a very comfortable majority. Even the celebrations seemed a little muted; there were desultory chants of 'four more years' but Baird’s neighbour and somewhat distant friend, Tony Abbott, was not in attendance.
If Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser had to die, it seemed only appropriate that they should do so within a few months of each other.
Just when you thought Abbott's had a good sledging of the most disadvantaged people in the community, now he's having a go at remote indigenous settlements. Mandy has a go right back at him. WATCH VIDEO
After a couple of frantic weeks, Tony Abbott’s bodyguards insist that the threat to his leadership has passed – or as he himself would probably prefer to describe it, it is dead, buried and cremated.
T. Sharples, Tweed Heads. Like a broken record, the last days of Tony Abbott will be painful.
Once more our prime minister has hit the international headlines, and once more for all the wrong reasons.
The sad part about the recent so-called challenge of Tony Abbott’s uninspiring leadership of the Australian democracy was the equally uninspiring total lack of guts exhibited by his Liberal opponent, Malcolm Turnbull.
Justine Elliot, MP for Richmond. People on the north coast have had enough of the Abbott Liberal-National government’s chaos and division.
Whatever happens in the Liberal Party, and everyone assumes that we will only have the pleasure of Abbott’s company for another few months, the chaos in the wider circles of the Right cannot be underestimated, writes Guy Rundle.
Yet another captain’s pick that hasn’t worked. Tony Abbott’s attempt to ambush the party room into a premature party room vote has produced the worst possible outcome for just about everyone except Bill Shorten.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has learnt his lesson after a controversial decision to award an Australian knighthood to Prince Philip, a senior minister says.
T Sharples, Tweed Heads. The SS Credlin (Tony’s chief of staff) slowly sinks below the waves, torpedoed not by the enemy but by her mighty captain (battlelines) Abbott.
Tony Abbott is now officially back at work, looking less refreshed than sullen and somewhat sallow, talking about roads; naturally, the press gallery wanted to talk to him about almost everything else.
Tony Abbott tells us that 2015 will be the year of jobs and families. Well, he wishes. It may yet come to pass, but if it does it will have to be in the second half of the year – if at all, writes Mungo MacCallum
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Women are "thanking" Tony Abbott for repealing the carbon tax on social media and putting out their irons to salute the minister for women.
T. Sharples, Tweed Heads. The reincarnation of the Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, is not that far away. Abbott was always leading a one-term government.
When, battered, bewildered and haggard, the coalition troops staggered back to their electorates after Tony Abbott’s year of achievement, there was just one shred of comfort: the beloved leader had finally back-flipped on his Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Well, there goes the jewel in the crown, as Robert Menzies used to describe, rather smugly, the Victorian Liberal Party.
Having already pre-empted the headlines with his announcement with Xi Jinping at APEC, Barack Obama upstaged everyone with his powerful and wide-ranging speech at Queensland University, where he urged the masses to rise up and demand action, writes Mungo MacCallum.
Labor attacks government climate policy after US and China strike a deal on climate change.
Australian icon and bushranger Ned Kelly and his burqua-clad partner in sartorial attitude trumped a line-up of women dressed in hijabs to take out the inaugural 'Terrorismadeup' award at the Byron Freedom Rally on Sunday.
There are times when our Prime Minister get mugged by reality. But it doesn’t mean that he has to like it.
Bobbi Allan, Mullumbimby. I am ecstatic that Tony Abbott is going to 'shirt front' Vladimir Putin. I hope it's the beginning of a wonderful trend. If another nation offends, threatens or hurts your people, your leader takes off his shirt, puts on the boxing gloves or the martial arts uniform and has a bit of biffo with the other nation's leader.
From burqas to bikinis: dress to express is just one theme of a rally in Byron Bay on Sunday that encourages the community to use its freedoms in the face of losing them.