When Bronwyn Bishop arrived in Canberra as a newly minted senator in 1987 to fill a casual vacancy, she already enjoyed a formidable reputation. With her trademark up-swept blond hair, killer heels, red lipstick and power jackets, Bishop stood out in the Liberal Party, not just because she was one of the few females, but because she wore her ambition like a tiara.
Cameron Atfield Two Brisbane MPs have been touted as possible replacements for Bronwyn Bishop in the Speaker's chair in Parliament House.
Emma Partridge, State Politics reporter It is used like a gun, looks like a gun and scares like a gun - and it is perfectly legal to buy at toy stores.
Sean Nicholls, State Political Editor Appointing a member of the Liberal Party's hard right faction as chair of a parliamentary committee overseeing the Independent Commission Against Corruption is "like putting a fox in charge of the hen house", Labor has claimed.
Nick Ralston An investigation has begun after a man-made hole was discovered inside the grounds of Goulburn's maximum-security jail.
Michael Koziol The internet is an unforgiving beast. It makes fact-checking simple, scrutiny constant and history impossible to erase. In such circumstances words can easily come back to bite you.
Jane Lee All of Lindt Café gunman Man Haron Monis' correspondence with ministers in the Attorney-General's Department since 2010 was overlooked when it passed documents to a review into the Lindt Café siege, due to an administrative spreadsheet error, a senate inquiry has revealed.
Nicole Hasham The party room will decide the next speaker of the Parliament, Tony Abbott says, signalling he will not repeat the so-called "captain's pick" that led to Bronwyn Bishop taking the coveted chair.
Paul Bibby The NSW Police force has agreed to pay $1.85 million to scores of young people across the state who have been wrongfully arrested, imprisoned and in some cases strip-searched due to errors in the police database.
Judith Ireland Bronwyn Bishop's time in the speaker's chair may have been brief. But it was far from boring.