Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
New government procurement rules negotiated into the ABCC bill by Nick Xenophon are set to favour local Australian steel producers over their Chinese rivals.
Changes to construction material requirements from negotiations on the ABCC will give Australian steelmakers a chance to step-up.
In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
What does the Turnbull government’s establishment of a construction industry watchdog mean for workers, wages and the industry?
A group of experts dissect what the re-introduction of the ABCC means for the construction industry and its workers.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work.
Malcolm Turnbull didn’t actually trade his first-born this week but it felt like it might come to that. In a whatever-it-takes frame of mind, the government conceded a great deal to get its legislation…
Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann congratulate Employment Minister Michaelia Cash after the ABCC bill passed the Senate.
The Turnbull government has finally passed its signature legislation to restore a tough watchdog in the construction industry.
Nick Xenophon had previously said he would not vote on the ABCC legislation until the water issue was settled.
Malcolm Turnbull has promised key crossbencher Nick Xenophon closer monitoring of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers.
Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Tensions between Pauline Hanson and her beleaguered One Nation senator Rod Culleton have been on open display this week, raising the question of whether the party will be able to hold it all together.
George Brandis, Michaelia Cash and Mitch Fifield during the registered organisations bill vote in the Senate on Monday.
The first part of the Coalition's industrial relations reform is in place following a late-night Senate vote.
Deloitte says the shorter term implications of Donald Trump’s election are likely to be less than the speculation.
The federal deficit will be worse in 2017-18 than predicted in the May budget, despite some easing in the delays imposed by the Senate, Deloitte Access Economics' budget monitor predicts.
Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday left up in the air whether the industrial bills would come to a vote before the parliament gets up for the summer recess.
Malcolm Turnbull laughs off the suggestion that this week's extraordinary developments mean the Senate is in chaos. Okay, let's humour the Prime Minister.
Malcolm Turnbull was still trying to gain control of the gun issue in Question Time.
The government has a new buzzword. In the partyroom on Tuesday Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce urged the troops to make the Coalition’s policies “tactile”. In less-fancy terminology, what they mean…
Nick Xenophon's two new Senate colleagues, Stirling Griff and Skye Kakoschke-Moore, are no strangers to the political process.
The government needs to tot up more wins, and quite quickly – and not just on budget matters but on other issues too.
Finally – though who knows for how long – we see signs of the Turnbull government pulling up its socks.
Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash provide the picture to go with the words about their legislation for a tough cop on the construction block.
Dressed predictably if absurdly in a fluoro vest, with Employment Minister Michaelia Cash sporting matching gear, Malcolm Turnbull was out first thing on Wednesday spruiking his industrial relations legislation…
Tony Abbott has set out what amounted to a series of benchmarks for the Turnbull government.
Tony Abbott has exhorted the government to stand up for reform and avoid new spending that does not promote growth.
Joint sittings of federal parliament are rare, usually only taking place for addresses by foreign leaders.
Now that we have had the double-dissolution election, the next step is for the government to attempt to pass the industrial relations bills through the House of Representatives and Senate again.
While the nation moves into unofficial election mode, Malcolm Turnbull is quick to emphasise he is still in a governing phase.
Malcolm Turnbull kick-starts the unofficial election campaign with a visit to a Canberra construction site.
Malcolm Turnbull was in full lawyer mode when he confirmed on Tuesday the July 2 double dissolution, hedging his wording to meet constitutional niceties. He said that “an appropriate time” after the May…