'Choppergate' assumed plague like proportions, even finding voices of condemnation within the shock jock fraternity. The conservative clan were in revolt. The prime minister had gone too far.
Simply holding a review of the parliamentary entitlements system is a predictable but inadequate response.
Promoting transparency. One parliamentary expense at a time.
Tony Abbott spoke about his friendship for her. But surely any friendship must not tell him how to behave as the leader of the country.
For comedians it was a gift: a figure who dresses in a distinctive way, fast becoming unpopular, using expensive transport unnecessarily in a dramatic way.
There are few occasions that shine such penetrating light on the deeply embittered ideological divide between the Labor Party's left and right factions quite like its national conference.
Federal parliament is replete with those whose travel costs are over the top, and some of them are Labor members.
Tony Abbott doesn't measure up to any of his predecessors.
Hardly a week goes by without another item of wedge politics delivered by the Prime Minister. It's time to add them up and produce a big picture of the state we are in.
Religion is privatised. Why not marriage?
According to an Essential Poll released on Budget day, nearly four-fifths of Australians – 79 per cent – reject the proposition that universities should be able to set course fees at any level they want.
WA loses out this year from the Grants Commission formula, but it will be other states, like Queensland in subsequent years.