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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.
“[The Westpac scandal] comes at a bad time for the government which has legislation before parliament to crack down on union behaviour that goes off the rails, and here you have business behaviour being even worse,” says Michelle Grattan. Joel Carrett/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Westpac scandal - and changes to robo-debt

University of Canberra VC Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the last parliamentary sitting fortnight, which starts this Monday.
In a speech on Wednesday night, Morrison will insist this bring-forward does not mean the government is panicking about Australia’s economic conditions. Lukas Coch/AAP

Government to inject economic stimulus by accelerating infrastructure spend

Following increasing calls for stimulus to be injected into the economy, the government will outline an infrastructure bring-forward of A$3.8 billion over the next four years.

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