Chris Johnson, Heath Aston Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is among those bridling at tight control from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office, with chief of staff Peta Credlin, on one account, telling him recently: ''We will tell you what you can say and what you can't say.''
Chris Taylor For all the awkward moments when you want to show that you care, but you don't know someone well enough to say anything that doesn't sound trite.
MATTHEW RAGGATT As most Australians were sleeping, Alan Wright and Joel Player were celebrating history with the nation's first same-sex wedding ceremonies held at one minute past midnight in Canberra.
Renee Turner Why skirts in the school yard could be stopping girls from participating.
FARRAH TOMAZIN As eight ''nannas'' face the clogged court system for knitting in a logging coupe, the price of protest in Victoria is set to escalate.
Cameron Houston Footballers from AFL club St Kilda have infuriated club sponsors and advocacy groups for sexual assault victims by requesting donations for the legal defence of retired player Stephen Milne, pictured, who is facing rape charges.
COSIMA MARRINER It is a common dilemma for working parents as school finishes up for the year - how to stretch four weeks of annual leave to cover three months of school holidays.
AP Members of a Mormon congregation in a Salt Lake City suburb encountered someone they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. What they did not know was the man was a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Dmitry Lovetsky Australian Colin Russell walked free from a St. Petersburg jail on Friday, one day after being granted bail of 2 million rubles ($61,500) in an appeal hearing.
Paul Bibby One fleeting moment, in the cold light of hindsight, revealed the controlling man lurking behind the smile.
Aimee Gulliver An international debating competition held in Wellington has been criticised for mooting that girls should be told to drink responsibly to avoid sexual assault.
TONY WRIGHT Governor-General Quentin Bryce has declared her support for same-sex marriage in a speech that veers dramatically from the tradition that vice-regal representatives avoid political controversy.
Teen sex ring
Stacey Kirk A 110,000-strong petition calling for justice for the alleged victims of the Roast Busters group has been received at the NZ Parliament.
Year of the selfie
Craig Butt Meet the man who coined the term that is on everyone's lips. The man whose own burst lip triggered a burst of verbal creativity that has made the word ''selfie'' the Oxford Dictionary word of the year.
Julie-Anne Davies Since Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison took office, workers in offshore detention centres say asylum seekers have never had it so bad.
Rachel Lu Female students posted photos of themselves holding up messages like ‘‘My Vagina Says: I Want Freedom.’’
Two waitresses recently quit a Parisian restaurant after being told to seat better looking patrons at the front.
The gender revolution of the last half century has failed to change hostile attitudes towards women, former prime minister Julia Gillard says.
Sarah MacKenzie What happens when real-life feminist icons are given the Disney-princess treatment?
Katelyn Fossett The four most unusual inventions that aim to physically replace human companionship and affection.
BIANCA HALL Controlled quiet is the new code in the capital.
CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on the unoriginal problem with men like Gavin McInnes.
Richard Meadows You know, so they can go and get a makeover or go on a shopping spree. So much urgh.
BIANCA HALL She spends 23 hours a day in a draughty Russian prison cell, with Arctic blizzards blowing outside, and is allowed to walk outside in ''an outdoor chicken pen'' for just an hour a day.
Daulatdia is Bangladesh’s largest brothel-village, and while most of the sex workers know they will never leave, some are taking action to ensure their children don’t suffer the same fate, writes Christine Jackman.
RUTH POLLARD A protest movement in Saudi Arabia is again challenging the ban on women driving - and this time the result could be different.
Erin O'Dwyer If Labor is to make its way out of the political wilderness, deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek will be a key player.
MEGAN LEVY Jetstar has apologised to a passenger who retrieved his luggage from a baggage carousel to find the words "I am gay" scrawled across his suitcase in large letters.
Some of the country's greatest achievers look back on their school days and tell Josephine Tovey and Kim Arlington how they survived their exams.
Julie Power We may be heading down the European path with more people on longer leases.
It seems absurd that any official Vatican memorabilia would misspell the name Jesus. Or that the Italian institute that mints coins, passports and postage stamps would make such an error. And yet the fact remains: A new series of special commemorative coins honoring Pope Francis got it wrong.
Deborah Snow Malala Yousafzai's champion has been her father, from the moment she was born.
Leanne Nicholson A Chevron recruitment form widely criticised for asking potential employees how many still births or abortions they have has been withdrawn by the resources giant.
Ernies Awards 2013
RACHEL BROWNE There were plenty of deserving contenders for the Ernie Awards on Wednesday night.
Fox News anchor Joyce Evans is going viral for all the wrong reasons.
Nazi Bride School
Katy Waldman Could there be a thought more horrifying than ''Nazi bride school?"
HEATH ASTON Pregnant asylum seekers will give birth in Nauru for the first time since 2004 under the Abbott government's "no exemptions" approach to offshore detention.
Editor's bizarre rant
Chris Powell, the managing editor of the local Connecticut newspaper the Journal-Inquirer, has an interesting theory as to why nobody wants to buy his newspaper anymore. It's not the internet's fault.
Andrew MacAskill and Bibhudatta Pradhan India's growing problem of sex trafficking
KATE MCCLYMONT There was nothing particularly special about the date, said Aina Ranke. It was just that Thursday, September 19, was the day the 57-year-old accountant and political activist chose to leave this life.
JUDITH IRELAND Julia Gillard has given her first known interview since losing the Labor leadership in June, in which she says she will be pursuing education and women's issues on the global stage.
NICOLE ELPHICK Here are seven smart steps you should take towards building up a healthy super.
SARAH OAKES An image from an Ella Bache advertising campaign has been rejected by the Outdoor Media Advertising (OMA) Board because the facial expressions of three naked female models were deemed “too arousing”.
Negotiating with terrorists
Nicky Bonney Nicky Bonney, the sister of Nigel Brennan, describes the harrowing job of being a 'next of kin negotiator' for a kidnapped loved one.
Draw like a girl
NICOLE ELPHICK US comic artist Lucy Knisley, on whether female artists see and draw the world differently.
MONICA TAN Meet the HIV positive ex workers who continue to work in China's booming sex trade.
Private first class Bradley Manning, the young American soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, on Thursday edged closer to spending the rest of his life in a military prison cell – with the key thrown away.
Sam Lister Rupert Murdoch described the investigation into UK hacking as "totally incompetent", but now he's written to MPs saying he used "wrong adjectives".
DOM KNIGHT Bombarded at every turn, Dom Knight is fed up with the advertising industry.
Four people have died after an asylum seeker boat carrying about 150 passengers capsized in rough seas off Christmas Island.
A Bangladesh tribunal sentenced the 91-year-old former chief of the country's biggest Islamic party to spend the rest of his life in jail for crimes against humanity committed during the independence war four decades ago.
CLEMENTINE FORD Clementine Ford on the ADF's shameful 'Jedi Council'
ANDREW TAYLOR Bookshops in several states are refusing to sell a controversial new novel.
ANNIE STEVENS Malala Yousafzai receives a standing ovation for her powerful address to the United Nations Youth Assembly.
Adam Goldman Confined to the basement of a CIA secret prison in Romania about a decade ago, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the admitted mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asked his jailers whether he could embark on an unusual project: Would the spy agency allow Mohammed, who had earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering, to design a vacuum cleaner?
Mark Kenny, Glenda Kwek Australia's unemployment rate would deteriorate further if a future Coalition government went ahead with planned public service job cuts, Kevin Rudd has claimed during his first big economic hit-out since becoming prime minister for a second time.
DAVID WROE The self-styled ''Jedi Council'' of army members who allegedly formed an internet sex ring used labels such as ''married mole number five'' and ''virgin mole'' for their female victims, it was reported on Thursday night.
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer
Seth Fiegerman Marissa Mayer has said the first step in her plan to turn around Yahoo is to make the company a more desirable place to work.
MONICA TAN Monica Tan lifts the lid on the underground bride trade in China.
Nick Ralston, Harriet Alexander, Lisa Davies A series of high-profile violent cases has shaken confidence in the legal system, write Nick Ralston, Harriet Alexander and Lisa Davies.