When he meets the US president this week, the prime minister will talk about the North Korean nuclear threat, the rise of China, and the rebranded Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Sources in the Barnaby Joyce camp say there is no way he will step down before Monday's party meeting.
The two-party vote has the Coalition trailing Labor 47-53%, compared with 48-52% a fortnight ago.
Media reporting of the Barnaby Joyce affair would have been so much better if journalists had established substantial public-interest justifications before breaking the story.
As the crisis within the Coalition deepened, Barnaby Joyce held a news conference to respond to Malcolm Turnbull's denunciation of his personal behaviour.
Michelle Grattan sits down with Deep Saini to review the week in politics.
Banning relationships is likely to be ineffective and may result in disengagement, secrecy and resentment by employees of the encroachment of employment policies into genuinely private matters.
In the most spectacular manner, Malcolm Turnbull has publicly trashed his relationship with Barnaby Joyce.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced that sexual relations between ministers and their staff will be prohibited.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
The appointment of ministerial advisers is based on a party-political network of patronage, where the primary consideration is loyalty to the political party – not merit.
Care needs to be taken in interpreting progress on closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and ascribing it to actual policy change.
While this Newspoll is Malcolm Turnbull's 26th consecutive loss (four short of Tony Abbott's streak), it is the Coalition's best position since April 2017.
Malcolm Turnbull's pitch will be that dividends will start to flow from government policy.
The underlying implication of Malcolm Turnbull's Tokyo visit was the interest shared by Japan and Australia to counter the strategic rise of China.
Last year was a vicious one for climate and energy politics. And with a South Australian election and various other federal decisions in the offing, 2018 looks like being similarly rancorous.
As Australia increasingly looks to Beijing for economic opportunities, questions must be asked about the true extent of China's economic strength
2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
If the primary votes in Newspoll were replicated at the South Australian election, SA-BEST would probably win a clear majority of lower house seats.