It's been another colourful week in federal politics, highlighted by Greg Hunt's swearing, the Barnaby Joyce saga taking yet another turn, and One Nation falling apart at the seams.
The voters are like sniffer dogs when it comes to character – if that hadn't been the case Mark Latham might have won the 2004 election.
In democratic political systems, public officials are accountable through the media to the people. That responsibility to be accountable comes with public office. It is not a marketable commodity.
Michael McCormack on Barnaby’s future, latte sippers and other matters.
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In this interview Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack pointedly avoids saying Joyce should run again in his New England seat at the election.
Joyce sought leave from the Nationals whip, Michelle Landry, and he has been granted a parliamentary pair by Labor – which means the numbers in the House of Representatives will not be affected.
The audit has been underway since early this year, sparked by the controversy around his affair with his former staffer and now partner Vikki Campion.
Malcolm Turnbull handled the Barnaby Joyce affair badly and his ban on ministers having sex with members of their staff is risible, according to 'soft voters' in focus groups.
An affair is generally a sign things aren't right with someone's relationship. It occurs when one person sees an alternative relationship as a better way to meet their needs than their existing one.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Politicians may agree, at the level of generality, that their discourse should be more civil. Yet in practice, they simply refuse to change.
Barnaby Joyce had a long history of opposing climate action. His successor Michael McCormack seems to think the same way, despite climate being a growing threat to the Nationals' rural voters.
How Barnaby Joyce plays things in the next few months will be relevant to Michael McCormack's ability to run a united team.
As the National Party looks to rebuild under a new leader, it needs to embrace its minority status, establish clearly what it stands for, and remain true to those ideals.
Michael McCormack's challenges include uniting his party behind him, making himself widely known among rural and regional voters, and forging a strong relationship with Malcolm Turnbull.
Demoralised Nationals will meet on Monday morning to replace Barnaby Joyce.
Barnaby Joyce, the larger-than-life politician, has always been a distinctive brand. But then his personal flaws and indulgences cost him all he'd worked and schemed for.
At a Nationals meeting on Monday morning, Barnaby Joyce will resign as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister, but will stay on as the member for New England.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Malcolm Turnbull’s acknowledgement of gendered power imbalances in parliament reveals that the gendered nature of politics is under challenge.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.