Cabinet confidentiality is important to ensure ministers are able to debate ideas before a decision is made public.
We need to balance a legitimate desire for transparency in politics with the need for free and thoughtful debate.
Would the ABC’s publication of confidential cabinet documents would be in breach of a proposed government bill?
It's increasingly difficult for investigative journalists to hold governments to account – partly due to anti-terror and security laws making it harder for whistleblowers to act.
SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Siemens chief Joe Kaeser flank Trump as they praise him for his tax cut.
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The billionaires, business leaders and other elites who gathered in Davos praised the president's policies, yet research on the politics of economic growth suggests it's too soon to celebrate.
Queen Elizabeth signs the visitors’ book at Parliament House, while Prime Minister Paul Keating and Parliament House officials look on in February 1992.
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The arguments about a potential Australian republic in cabinet submissions suggest a failure of imagination and, more seriously, of trust.
Malcolm Turnbull said he regretted having to drop Darren Chester from his frontbench line-up.
Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
George Brandis has served as attorney-general since 2013.
George Brandis will become Australia's high commissioner to London in a reshuffle set to be announced on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Macron surrounded by Cabinet ministers – some more powerful than others.
Having the same number of Cabinet positions doesn't mean women have the same amount of power.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. His supporters within the African National Congress continue to hold sway, for now.
A revolt within the African National Congress against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has reached new heights. He has survived, but the repercussions will be felt for some time to come.
It’s all fun until someone gets hacked.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior ministers have been criticised over their use of WhatsApp, which can leave users vulnerable if their phones are hacked, attacked by malware, or simply stolen.
South African President Nelson Mandela forged a powerful cabinet of national unity.
While Nelson Mandela’s cabinet made allies out of erstwhile adversaries, Jacob Zuma’s cabinet is making enemies out of former allies.
Double time: Josh Frydenberg has added environment to his energy portfolio.
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Will merging the environment and energy portfolios result in joined-up thinking, or one set of ideas steamrollering the other?
South African President Jacob Zuma inflated the size of his cabinet, making it among the largest in the world.
Although not a panacea, cutting down the number of deputy ministers would go a long way to helping government get its finances onto a more stable footing.
Malcolm Turnbull said on unveiling his revamped team that ‘organisms that don’t change are dead’.
Malcolm Turnbull had Saturday’s reshuffle forced on him by circumstances but he has used the opportunity to good advantage. He had much more space to promote people than one would normally expect after…
Muhammadu Buhari has finally put in place a cabinet that can get on with the job of running the country.
President Buhari's cabinet selection brings hope. The major challenge now is to delivery on his promise to fight corruption, restructure Nigeria's economy and reduce poverty.
‘Not the best person to liaise with us’: senator David Leyonhjelm on new government Senate leader George Brandis.
An important element in the success of Malcolm Turnbull’s government will be how effectively it handles the Senate. Some crossbench senators have greeted the arrival of Turnbull enthusiastically, contrasting…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing his new ministry in Canberra on Sunday.
Malcolm Turnbull has five women in his new cabinet, including the nation's first female defence minister, in a reshuffle that cuts a swathe through the Abbott ministry to promote massive "renewal".
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the winners and losers of his ministerial reshuffle.
What are the key challenges for ministers entering new portfolios in Malcolm Turnbull's first cabinet? The Conversation asked experts in key policy areas to respond.
Abbott-backer Kevin Andrews has been removed from the defence portfolio.
Two losers in Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle have pre-empted the prime minister's unveiling of his ministry by announcing their demise.
It seems to be an extremely difficult task for a party leader, even as prime minister, to stamp their authority on the party.
Since 2007 Australia has not really had prime ministers of sufficient calibre. Instead, we have had an incessant struggle for power by those who believed they had the goods.
Barnaby Joyce has been outspoken in opposition to a government decision to build a coal mine in his electorate of New England.
Collective responsibility – or cabinet solidarity – is an axiom of political prudence that has mutated into a constitutional convention of how ministers should behave.