Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the "very sad" images of a Syrian boy lying lifeless on a Turkish beach demonstrate the need for countries to adopt tough policies.
Nicole Hasham The New York Times has launched a blistering attack on the Abbott government's asylum seeker policies, urging European leaders not to follow suit.
Peter Martin The Australian dollar has dipped below 70 US cents twice in the last two days. Next time, it's set to stay below 70 and keep falling.
Liam Mannix The newspaper mogul tweets that Tony Abbott is still by 'far the best alternative' for a 'beautiful country ... with large problems'.
Rick Feneley Confronting images have helped change history before. Now an image of a drowned boy is opening the world's eyes to the global refugee crisis.
Nick Ralston NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione says he would need a "heck of a lot of convincing" before he would ever consider an Operation Fortitude-like visa crackdown on the streets of Sydney.
Nicole Hasham The Abbott government has been urged to cut funding to Nauru after the New Zealand government suspended $1.2 million allocated to the nation's judicial system due to concerns about civil rights abuses.
James Massola Australia's peak Jewish group has rounded on Prime Minister Tony Abbott for suggesting Islamic State are worse than the Nazis.
David Wroe, John Garnaut Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has flagged the revival of controversial four-way naval drills with the United States, India and Japan in a clear signal Australia is pushing back against growing Chinese assertiveness towards its neighbours.
Latika Bourke Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should urgently visit Australia to reset relations at the highest levels, a former Indonesian vice-foreign affairs minister says.