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Scott Morrison emphasised national unity in his Australia Day address last year, but this is not the message that everyone wants to hear. Facebook

White, male and straight – how 30 years of Australia Day speeches leave most Australians out

New research shows how prime ministers typically frame national identity on Australia day: it's largely male, heterosexual, white and lacking class distinctions.
Bridget McKenzie’s political future could be determined by Scott Morrison’s inquiry into whether she breached ministerial standards. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Bridget McKenzie has made herself a sitting duck

The damaging longer-term risk for Prime Minister Scott Morrison is that some people have re-thought their view of him over the sports grants saga and his missteps in handling the bushfires.
When polling resumes after the summer, Scott Morrison may be surprised by the public’s assessment of his government’s handling of the bushfires. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bushfires won’t change climate policy overnight. But Morrison can shift the Coalition without losing face

There is an obvious point upon which the LNP, Labor and Greens might agree to move policy forward: the national 'cap and trade' emissions trading system proposed by John Howard in 2007.
Morrison has been too timorous to take the tough decisions needed to prepare for the bushfire season, including confronting rancorous dissenters in his own ranks. James Ross/AAP

Scott Morrison’s biggest failure in the bushfire crisis: an inability to deliver collective action

A crisis of this scale requires a willingness to listen to the best sources of advice and generate bipartisan consensus. But Morrison has struggled to put the national interest above party politics.
Scott Morrison doesn’t seem to grasp that while he likes to emphasise his relationship with the ordinary Australian, as prime minister he is not an ordinary Australian. AAP/Paul Braven

View from The Hill: Scott Morrison returns, with regret

As the prime minister finally reads the mood and returns home, the holiday affair reflects badly on him and his media team.
The Yearbook is a collection of 50 standout articles from Australia’s top thinkers. The Conversation

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Grattan and Martin on the year that was, in politics and economics

Grattan and Martin on the year that was, in politics and economics. The Conversation, CC BY59.2 MB (download)
Michelle Grattan sits down with The Conversation's economic editor Peter Martin for a chat about the year that was, and to answer readers' questions.
Andrew Metcalfe, sacked by prime minister Tony Abbott, has done a full circle and is being appointed to head the new department of agriculture, water and the environment by Morrison. Alan Porritt/AAP

Morrison cuts a swathe through the public service, with five departmental heads gone

Morrison said the shrinking of the number of departments was “to ensure the services that Australians rely on are delivered more efficiently and effectively”.
“The government was totally taken by surprise” when the One Nation senators and Jacqui Lambie voted against the ensuring integrity legislation, says Michelle Grattan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the defeat of the government’s union legislation

University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the year's final parliamentary sitting week.

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