The greatest danger workers at Parliament House usually face is indigestion from a dodgy bain-marie casserole. So, even after Thursday's terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane, it came as a shock to Canberrans when they awoke to the screaming tabloid headlines: "PLAN TO ATTACK OUR PARLIAMENT."
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended his government's move to bolster anti-terror powers for spy agencies, saying he was determined to "err on the side of keeping the community safe".
Tony Abbott has declined to endorse Noel Pearson's new direction on recognition of indigenous Australians as Aboriginal leaders express alarm that the move could fracture indigenous consensus on the issue.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has made a strong pitch for Arab countries providing any ground forces that might be needed to beat back the brutal Islamic State group in Iraq.
Australian Muslims who protested against allegedly brutal tactics used by police in Thursday's terror raids did not represent their faith and should take a "long, hard look" at themselves", Prime Minister Tony Abbott says.
The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court will next month consider whether an inquiry into the lawfulness of the Manus Island detention centre can continue.
PUP senator Jacqui Lambie has posted online a provocative photo of a person wearing a burqua about to fire a gun, as Muslim leaders have warned "inflammatory" comments from politicians are assisting Islamic State recruit potential terrorists.
As Gapirri Yunupingu-Collins sat at the bedside of his gravely-ill and famous father, Galarrwuy, at a Darwin hospital earlier this year, the idea began to take hold. It was time to come home.
All that is needed for an ISIS attack to occur in Australia is a "determined individual, a knife, an iPhone and a victim", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday as he confirmed the alleged terror plot foiled in Sydney was feared to have been "within days" of being carried out.
Australia is considering its next move to try to halt Japan's new Antarctic whaling "research", following the Asian power's rejection of an international clampdown on the hunt.