Prime Minister Tony Abbott has awarded Australia's highest honour to the Queen's husband, Prince Philip.
Many consider Prince Philip's gaffes as the innocent comments of a nice, old duffer. Others say it reveals a deep-seated racial and chauvinist prejudice.
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".
Former Australians of the Year have written to the Federal government calling for all children to be removed immediately from immigration detention, drawing on Australia's strong values of fairness and equality.
When Bernard Wright started working in the Department of the House of Representatives, handing out documents to MPs, it was 1972 and Billy McMahon was the Prime Minister.
Bill Shorten has been promising that 2015 will be a year of ideas for the Labor Party.
EXCLUSIVE: The purchase of the five-hotel Ayers Rock Resort overlooking Uluru, by the Indigenous Land Corporation is to be investigated by the federal government.
Sir Peter Cosgrove will skip his first Australia Day as governor-general in favour of flying to Saudi Arabia to "convey the condolences" of Australia following the death of King Abdullah.