Some are said to be actively considering Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull, but others are dismissive.
Australia's Privacy Commissioner has questioned whether phone and internet providers should be required to store customer metadata for as long as two years.
Dozens of top public service jobs at the giant Department of Human Services are sitting vacant.
Australia has started delivering equipment to the Afghan military to counter improvised explosive devices.
Punters believe it is more likely than not that Prime Minister Tony Abbott will face a leadership ballot before the next election.
One of Tony Abbott's frontbenchers is urging the city-based Prime Minister to stop reacting to the "texting, latte-sipping, keyboard warriors who frequent the tapas bars of Sydney and Melbourne" and visit a country pub to get an "honest appraisal" of how the government can improve.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has launched an extraordinary defence of Tony Abbott's chief of staff, Peta Credlin, declaring the Prime Minister should be held accountable for his own mistakes.
The Australian Council of Social Service is urging the Abbott government to make its second budget much fairer than its first, saying low and middle-income households cannot continue to bear the brunt of spending cuts this year
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