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This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus. Images sourced from one.aap.com.au

2016, the year that was: Health + Medicine

Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann speak to the media after the release of MYEFO in Canberra on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

AAA rating saved despite bigger deficits in budget update

The government has made a concerted bid to reinforce Australia's AAA credit credentials by ensuring the budget is still projected to return to surplus in 2020-21.
Rod Culleton’s future is up to the High Court, which is considering whether he had the right to contest the July election. Lukas Coch/AAP

Blame game rages as Culleton quits Pauline Hanson’s One Nation

Biting insults have been exchanged as Western Australian senator Rod Culleton splits from Pauline Hanson, ahead of the High Court determining whether he will be turfed from parliament.
George Brandis said Stephen Donaghue was a ‘distinguished constitutional lawyer’. Lukas Coch/AAP

New solicitor-general wins plaudits

The new Commonwealth solicitor-general is Stephen Donaghue – an uncontroversial choice whose appointment has been welcomed.
While Marise Payne participated in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting by telephone, she is not well enough to travel to Japan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Payne ill health leads to deferral of Australia-Japan talks

The Australia-Japan foreign and defence ministers' 'two-plus-two' talks, due to be held in Japan before Christmas, are being deferred because of Marise Payne's recent illness.
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.
Offenders who breach personal protections injunctions would face up to two years jail or a fine of more than $20,000 or both. AAP

Law to be strengthened on family violence

The Turnbull government has announced it will strengthen the law relating to family violence.
Scott Morrison said the quarter’s weakness was broad based but the dominant cause of the contraction was the decline of 3.2% in new business investment. Lukas Coch/AAP

Government calls for co-operation after hit with negative growth figure

After the national accounts showed the economy going backwards in the September quarter, Scott Morrison called for "partners" in the parliament to drive the government's economic plan through.
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.
Pauline Hanson was furious last week after Rod Culleton broke ranks with One Nation over the backpacker tax. Lukas Coch/AAP

Hanson thinks Culleton has swollen head

Pauline Hanson has unleashed a new attack on her rebel senator Rod Culleton, declaring that things had 'gone to his head'.
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.
Nick Xenophon had previously said he would not vote on the ABCC legislation until the water issue was settled. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull’s water gesture satisfies Xenophon

Malcolm Turnbull has promised key crossbencher Nick Xenophon closer monitoring of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee. Lukas Coch/AAP

New inquiry into conduct of George Brandis

George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.