He was the nation's top soldier, and has since become the federal government's Mr Fixit - the "go to" man chosen to lead the complicated investigations into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine.
She was one voice who made Australians sit up and listen.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has urged Australians to support an Australian republic and head of state, arguing it would reflect the nation's "modern identity, our place in our region and our world".
Internet providers are wiping data and, with it, information that could be important to police investigations.
Abbott government appointments to the Australian Multicultural Council have been questioned, with concerns raised about some of its members’ links to the Liberal Party and the way in which the appointments were made.
Why has the journey to constitutional recognition for indigenous Australia stalled?
Nurses and hospitality workers have lashed out at the Abbott government's Productivity Commission industrial relations review, which was accidentally released early on Thursday.
Unions have vowed to mobilise tens of thousands of members and to revive a militant WorkChoices-style campaign, as Prime Minsiter Tony Abbott signals industrial relations will be a key election battleground.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott spoke with the families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on Friday, saying they face "an unimaginably difficult time" and promised to continue to work to stop their executions.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has bolstered Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial duties, handing him greater responsibility for e-government in a push to expand the use of a single digital identity for Australians.