The Morrison and Berejiklian governments might be of the same stripe but, with both facing elections in the first half of 2019, their interests rub up against each other uncomfortably.
NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
The National Energy Guarantee faces a crunch test this week. And if the climate wars of the past few decades are any guide, Australian policies more often sink than swim when the waters get choppy.
Public hospitals in Australia are owned and operated by state (and territory) governments. So why does the Commonwealth government attract blame for lack of hospital funding?
As federal and state energy ministers gather to discuss the Turnbull government's proposed National Energy Guarantee, many of the finer details of the modelling are not yet available.
We can make up 70% of Australia's projected gas shortfall simply by improving energy efficiency and sensible use of gas alternatives.
The Productivity Commission has recommended reform to the relationship between the federal and state governments. Here are three areas that demand it.
The COAG agreement to share our biometric data - including some photo ID - is an erosion of our privacy and will give people a false sense of comfort.
National discussions about counter-terrorism strategy are welcome, but require robust follow-up if they are to improve responses to terrorism.
In the main the public have accepted the world has changed, justifying altering the balance between security and rights. But there is still argument over precisely where lines should be drawn.
The states' handover of driver licence data for a beefed up national facial biometric matching capability would only bring existing arrangements into 'real time'.
Malcolm Turnbull this week is pushing for a further toughening of national security laws.
A plan to fine hospitals for avoidable hospitalisations and pay GPs to prevent them has many issues. The main problem is that it's impossible to measure the outcomes of health care in Australia.
The idea that Australia's national electricity market is either useful or feasible has simply passed.
Australia has enough gas reserves to supply the next 25 years' demand. Federal pressure to lift state bans on onshore gas development is pointless, risky – and won't bring prices down.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.
States and territories have agreed to strengthen their laws to ensure a presumption against granting bail or parole when people had 'demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity'.
The South Australian and federal governments' energy feud reached a peak this week, but just who is responsible?
A ragged COAG meeting has ended with a split over a new competition agreement and public swipes at Malcolm Turnbull and his government.
The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.