Joint sittings of federal parliament are rare, usually only taking place for addresses by foreign leaders.
Now that we have had the double-dissolution election, the next step is for the government to attempt to pass the industrial relations bills through the House of Representatives and Senate again.
While the nation moves into unofficial election mode, Malcolm Turnbull is quick to emphasise he is still in a governing phase.
Malcolm Turnbull kick-starts the unofficial election campaign with a visit to a Canberra construction site.
Malcolm Turnbull was in full lawyer mode when he confirmed on Tuesday the July 2 double dissolution, hedging his wording to meet constitutional niceties. He said that “an appropriate time” after the May…
Malcolm Turnbull appears to have built his government’s electoral strategy on contesting a double-dissolution election.
Australia’s 44th parliament may be coming to an end, but there will be plenty of political action before the 45th can start.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector.
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Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove addressed both houses of parliament in the Senate chamber.
When the politicians arrived in Canberra for their special parliamentary session, it was obvious everyone wanted to do what was necessary for a July 2 election, and do it quickly. Instead of taking weeks…
The government failed to get enough support from the crossbench to resurrect the ABCC.
Australians will go to a double-dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate voted 36-34 on Monday night to defeat the government's legislation to resurrect the ABCC.
Employees need to have more say at work, which means tackling all forms of corruption and law-breaking.
Workplace democracy is declining, but the idea that this is the fault solely of unions or employers is misguided. Widespread reform is needed.
Malcolm Turnbull and the former member for Indi, Sophie Mirabella, attend a rally organised by owner-driver trucking companies.
The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll has more dismal news for Malcolm Turnbull.
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission.
To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education Nick Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss how it all went wrong for Clive Palmer.
Michaelia Cash is in the fortunate position that whatever happens to the industrial legislation, she won’t look bad.
Malcolm Turnbull says bluntly that he expects the coming special Senate sitting to reject the industrial relations legislation. Labor's Penny Wong indicates the opposition won't try to delay the bills.
As Labor nosed ahead of the government in the latest Newspoll, Michelle Grattan tells Stephen Parker this won't necessarily translate into an election loss for the Coalition.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that two-thirds of all industrial disputes in Australia are in construction, and that construction industrial disputes are up since the ABCC closed. Is that right?
Bill Shorten’s recent performances have displayed a note of confidence.
Next week Malcolm Turnbull will briefly take one foot off the domestic treadmill for his first visit to China as prime minister, going to Shanghai as well as Beijing.
The global scandal surrounding the release of the Panama papers and Malcolm Turnbull's criticism of Australian banks have put the spotlight on the often murky world of banking and finance.
Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday laid into the banks with damning comments about ethical lapses and failure to put customers first.
Malcolm Turnbull argues it is so vital to revive a tough watchdog in the construction industry that there will be a double dissolution if the Senate refuses to agree. Critics such as Queensland independent…
Senators will return to Canberra later this month with the expectation that they will give final consideration to the government's industrial relations legislation.
Struggling to get new members, unions are looking at new recruitment methods and options to bolster their numbers.
With union membership at just 15% of the workforce and declining, trade unions are looking at new ways to build their membership bases.
While Bill Shorten insists Labor has zero tolerance for instances of union thuggery and corruption, he tends to minimise the issue.
Bill Shorten should be praying those pesky crossbenchers give in to Malcolm Turnbull and pass the government's industrial legislation.