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Albanese said the outcome was ‘a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor party’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

John Setka resigns from ALP, attacks Albanese

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.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY33.7 MB (download)
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. Paul Miller/AAP

Australians split on the level of foreign students: ANUpoll

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.
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. Darren England/AAP

The evidence is clear: the medevac law saves lives. But even this isn’t enough to alleviate refugee suffering

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. Lukas Coch/AAP

Australia needs a Media Freedom Act. Here’s how it could work

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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: Breaking Pauline Hanson’s ‘strike’ has taken skin off Bridget McKenzie

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.
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. Danny Casey/AAP

​The Coalition government is (again) trying to put the squeeze on the ABC

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.
Women’s perceptions of ‘gender linked fate’ were contingent on two dimensions: their race and their marital status. Shutterstock

Why white married women are more likely to vote for conservative parties

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. EPA/Nyein Chan Naing

Myanmar might finally be held accountable for genocide, but the court case must recognise sexual violence

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 Australian Federation of Islamic Councils says the bill doesn’t go far enough to protect religious minorities in an increasingly intolerant society. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

The biggest hurdle for the Coalition’s religious discrimination bill: how to define ‘religion’

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.