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Friday’s post-COAG press conference saw a blunter approach from the assembled first ministers. AAP/Lukas Coch

Disgruntlement on show after COAG meeting

A ragged COAG meeting has ended with a split over a new competition agreement and public swipes at Malcolm Turnbull and his government.
Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday night there would not be an emissions intensity scheme under a Turnbull government. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull government rules out an emissions intensity scheme

The Turnbull government has slammed the door shut on an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector, in a demonstration of the power of the conservative forces in the Coalition.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott ‘dismayed’ by report of end of his Green Army

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull is happy to horse trade if it gets the nags over the line

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…
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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull takes charge on water in bid to get ABCC deal

Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has a complex relationship with the Liberal Party’s powerful social conservatives. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to bend to conservatives is stronger than ever

The pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bend to the conservative right factions of the Liberal and National parties has been compounded by the election of Donald Trump.
Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton speak to officials during a tour of the Australian Maritime Border Command centre in Canberra on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

A deal to be welcomed but detail is missing

At long last – a serious deal is in place for the resettlement of refugees from Nauru and Manus. But the details are very sketchy, and the implementation and monitoring will be vital. There is no timeline…

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