US think tank asks 'Is Tony Abbott the most incompetent leader of any industrialised democracy?'
Analyst concludes 'a country that for decades has punched above its weight on nearly every international issue surely can do much better for a prime minister'.
Team Abbott rattled by loose cannon salvoes
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has slapped down senior frontbencher Eric Abetz for suggesting a link exists between abortion and breast cancer, while Liberal MPs rounded on the Employment Minister's comments labelling them as ''bullshit'' and backed the medical science.
Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas
More than 150 asylum seekers whose boat was intercepted near Christmas Island more than two weeks ago are being held behind locked doors on a customs ship in rooms without windows on the high seas, with no clue to where they are or where the Abbott government plans to take them.
School chaplains or counsellors?
School funding has taken a big hit in the federal budget but funding for school chaplains will be maintained at a cost of $245 million over the next four years.