Malcolm Turnbull is to be congratulated on establishing an independent body to oversee politicians' expenses, but an independent anti-corruption commission is still needed.
Voters are fed up with political scandals consuming time and energy, especially when the country is facing several social and economic challenges.
Monday's government-Labor meeting over the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite ended in a stalemate.
Liberal Party director Tony Nutt has warned of potential dangers and difficulties in seeking to ban foreign political donations.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said Australia is one of the few countries in the world to accept foreign political donations. Is that true?
Labor senator Doug Cameron told Q&A the High Court had decided that the unions and business are entitled to fund political parties. Is that true?
At the UN next week Malcolm Turnbull will be among many leaders responding to the large movements of refugees and migrants across the world.
The issues of foreign donations and electronic voting will be examined by a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry.
Every reform politicians suggest for Australia's political donations regime needs to be motivated solely by the desire to enhance the public interest.
Offers off free food, holidays and gifts are tempting, but there can be a price to pay – as Canberra discovered this week.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The opposition leader has promised to push for a ban on foreign donations.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
'Soft power' has been spoken of a great deal in relation to Sam Dastyari's recent political donations strife, but it is often misunderstood.
The pernicious influence of money on politics is a problem of political donations more generally, not just from foreign donors.
The press gallery's mid-winter ball, held on Wednesday, has become an institution. It raises money for charities as well as being an all-round good knees-up for media and politicians.
What is meant by a 'foreign' political donation? And why should such donations be better regulated?
There are a few necessary ingredients for the effective regulation of any political donations system.
At long last, Australia has a government that is prepared to introduce real-time disclosure for political donations – a crucial change that lets voters make an informed choice at the ballot box.
There is a coterie of politicians on both sides who are trusted, or at any rate supported by, the pokies lobby.