Turkey recently launched an offensive in north eastern Syria after the US withdrew troops supporting Kurdish fighters.
We cannot underestimate the capacity for reinvention, resilience and the enduring appeal of IS.
Albanese said the outcome was ‘a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor party’.
Setka's resignation is a significant victory for Albanese, who had a good deal of credibility invested after repeatedly saying the rogue unionist would be ousted from the party.
‘Calls unfortunately weren’t made to the right people at the right time,’ said the Deputy PM.
Speaking with The Conversation's politics podcast, McCormack said in hindsight, it would have been better to have told Nationals who'd been agitating for the code that negotiations were underway.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals.
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Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
Only 1.1% of those surveyed wanted a greater proportion of students from overseas.
Foreign students have become a huge source of income for Australia in general and the universities in particular, but critics are concerned about pressures on the institutions and on standards.
Syrian troops deployed near Aleppo. The likely winner from the latest conflict in Syria is the Assad government.
With so much politics at play, Turkey is likely to be in Syria for a long time to come – and the real winner from it all is likely to be the Assad government.
The “blackout” campaign by media outlets attracted much attention, but the government’s mindset appears to be fixed.
Even if the government was willing to bend on media freedom, the mindset within the public service remains fixed on secrecy and the control of information.
Protesters holding a vigil last year for deceased asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei, who died in a Brisbane hospital due to an infection at the Manus Island detention centre in 2014.
A Senate report details the high need for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be able to seek medical care in Australia. The fate of the medevac law now rests in Jacqui Lambie's hands.
The “Your Right To Know” campaign is supported by an unlikely coalition of media outlets. This is what Monday morning’s papers looked like in support of the campaign.
Our national security laws are uniquely broad and complex – and media freedom too often becomes entangled in them. It's time to enshrine this freedom as a central part of our democracy.
McKenzie wrote to Hanson saying the code - which would inrease the negotiating power of milk producers - would be ready later this year, instead of next year as indicated earlier.
Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.
Would you prefer to be buried or cremated?
Migrant communities believed having a physical resting place gave them a sense of settlement in Australia.
Morrison told reporters he’d made the point ‘which was well received, that Australia is an independent, sovereign nation’.
Morrison stressed “that we will never feel corralled into any sort of binary assessment of these relationships” - assessments that said “pro-United States or pro-China”.
It’s a mistake to see Trump as unique or his success as something that could only occur in America.
Trump lives by the maxim that you can get away with almost anything as long as you’re not boring. This doesn't make him an outlier – he's emblematic of our contemporary pop culture.
Michelle Grattan says the announcement of extra money for drought-stricken farmers “won’t be enough” to alleviate pressure on the government on the issue of drought.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan discusses the week in politics with Michelle Grattan.
The Coalition government has reintroduced a bill seeking to mandate the ABC devote more resources to covering regional Australia – a measure that has been defeated before by parliament.
The latest proposals to amend the ABC Charter raise questions about media law reform. To be effective and sustainable, it needs to be strategic, not ad hoc and politicised.
National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson says she doesn’t think the government has a drought policy.
On two fronts now Morrison, who likes to be in control, is at the mercy of events he can't control: the drought, and the IMF's downgrading of Australia's growth outlook.
Women’s perceptions of ‘gender linked fate’ were contingent on two dimensions: their race and their marital status.
Women are swinging elections in the US and Australia in ways analysts have struggled to predict. Two recent studies can help explain.
ohingyas refugees gather near the fence at the ‘no man’s land’ zone between the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Gambia has announced it’ll take a case against Myanmar to the ICJ.
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The sheer volume of pregnant women in the refugee camps was an early indicator of the extent sexual violence was used against Rohingya women and girls.
The battle between Jones and Morrison came down to the repeated, and, for the seething Jones, existential question, ‘How does that feed a cow?’
Alan Jones unleashed his well-known tactics of lecturing and insult as he accused Scott Morrison of failing the immediate needs of drought-stricken farmers.
Nick Warner, the new director general of the Office of National Intelligence, has sounded the alarm about Australia’s lack of preparedness to counter cyber-threats.
We have not been able to develop an intelligence workforce that can keep up with the speed of advancing technologies and their threat to our national security.
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, police minister Stuart Nash (right) and the minister for Christchurch regeneration Megan Woods announcing stronger gun laws and the creation of a firearms registry.
A register of all firearms is part of the next stage of New Zealand's gun law reform, following the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect religious minorities in an increasingly intolerant society.
Many scholars agree it is impossible to have a clear, universal definition of religion. Given this ambiguity, passing new laws using a specific concept of religion can have serious repercussions.
The ABS should include detailed questions about gender and sexuality in the 2021 Census.
Accurate data on Australians' gender and sexual identity helps governments make good policy – and, importantly, ensures those communities are seen and recognised.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The government gutted the ranks of experienced decision-makers and made organisational changes that undermined the quality of its decisions.
From high staff turn-overs to filling the appeals tribunal with political allies, the Home Affairs department needs to clean its mess.