Senator Cory Bernardi and his new employee, Lyle Shelton, were as one when it came to marriage equality, but there are noteworthy differences of opinion in other areas.
For senators like Penny Wong, Eric Abetz, Cory Bernardi, Murray Watt, Malcolm Roberts, estimates is their time to shine.
Brandis explains emoji ... soft and cuddly diplomacy ... who's the real opposition communications spokesman? ...
Why do loudmouths like Cory Bernardi get to front the National Press Club while many backbenchers languish in the pages of their local rags? Crikey investigates what it takes to get your name up in lights if you don't have a ministerial portfolio.
How are Muslim women supposed to join "Team Australia" when our leaders insist on portraying them as dangerous outsiders?
Victorian MP Geoff Shaw is the latest conservative Australian politician to try to limit access to abortions. Freelance journalist David Donaldson says it wouldn't be easy to outlaw abortion altogether, but chipping away at the edges could produce long-lasting restrictions.
Simon Crean is heading to Europe on a taxpayer-funded "study" jaunt which may include cooking lessons. Crikey intern Fergus Hunter looks at the rules on MP travel and picks out some highlights.