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Australia has committed to joining the US and the UK in a mission to protect oil ships in the Strait of Hormuz. But why is the Strait the source of so much tension between the US and Iran?
GetUp has been in the Coalition’s firing line for a number of years now, which is not surprising, given its lobbying efforts for left-wing causes.
GetUp is already subject to the same type of regulation as a political party. By challenging its links to left-wing parties, though, the Coalition is seeking to strip away its claim of independence.
Morrison describes the “the bacon and eggs principle” where “the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed”.
Ahead of the formal receipt of the Thodey report on the public service, Morrison stresses the service must be responsive to both its ministers and the “quiet Australians”.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.
Michelle Grattan reviews another busy week in federal politics, and take a look at the prime minister's major speech on Monday on the public service.
The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region.
Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
Pacific leaders don’t want to talk about China’s rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that Australia's inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire 'Pacific step-up'.
The Morrison government is at risk of losing control of China policy at the most critical time in Australian history.
Backbencher Andrew Hastie's recent opinion piece has caused ructions within the government, but Scott Morrison needs to articulate a clear policy on China that also allows for dissenting voices.
Beth Noveck and Rod Glover argue that to reverse the ‘creeping crisis’ faced by the public service, the government must train public servants to use creative problem-solving methods.
On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service.
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A timely study of the public service, titled Today's problems, Yesterday's toolkit discusses the ‘creeping crisis’ of effectiveness and legitimacy the Australian public service is facing.
The public service has been slow to adopt innovation in Australia – and this is a problem when it comes to effective government in the 21st century.
Our new research shows that public servants are eager to become innovative public problem solvers, but their leaders are standing in their way.
The Morrison government must have a plan for Australia’s involvement if the “peacekeeping” descends into hostility.
With the experience of hastily joining the US-lead invasion of Iraq in 2003 still fresh, the federal government must ensure it has a clear view of the limits of any new commitment.
On Monday week, Morrison will set out in detail his thoughts on the public service in an address to the Institute of Public Administration.
The public service is a soft target, and Scott Morrison has already had it in his sights, telling it to remember the old adage – that it is on tap and the government is on top.
Albanese’s opposition’s new tactics during question time have put pressure on government ministers.
A busy week in Parliament House has seen Labor adopting new tactics during question time, putting pressure on government ministers, while Morrison struggles to maintain order among his backbenchers.
Morrison has trouble keeping his backbenchers in line, as they rebel on issues like superannuation and Newstart.
This week, Morrison told his backbench to keep their opinions in line or internal, appointed a man he's personally close to as his new head of the Prime Minister's department, and put the public service in its place.
Previous head of Treasury, and one-time chief of staff for Scott Morrison has been appointed the new head of the prime minister’s department.
Scott Morrison has appointed his one-time chief of staff Phil Gaetjens head of the prime minister's department, replacing Martin Parkinson.
Jacinda Adern said the issue was having a ‘corrosive’ effect on Australia’s relationship with her country, and that Australia should not take the closeness of the relationship for granted.
Many people being deported have extensive family ties in Australia and have spent very little time in New Zealand.
Energy minister Angus Taylor was the target of Tuesday’s question time and given that he’s not a strong performer in the House, he floundered.
Morrison is keen to whip the backbench into line early, telling the backbench to be “mindful of what we took to the election and what we didn't take”.
PNG’s foreign policy to be “friends to all and enemies to none”.
From a naval base development to asylum seekers on Manus Island, there were many things the two leaders had to discuss.
Scott Morrison and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. The next fortnight will revert to the usual combination of substantive legislation and the inevitable Question Time theatrics.
Rightly or wrongly, the Coalition views its election reprieve as a blunt rejection of Shorten’s big-spending, big taxing approach.
There will be a State Dinner in Scott Morrison’s honour when he visits Washington DC in September.
Michelle Grattan discusses the slower pace which has taken over Canberra - at least until next week when the action picks up with the new sitting week.
It’s now widely observed that Morrison and President Donald Trump have struck an early bromance.
While Morrison appears to have built a strong relationship with the idiosyncratic US president, there are several foreign policy challenges ahead.