Morrison warned against those who wanted to run scare campaigns as a result of the announcements, saying they would be taking Australians for mugs.
The overhaul of the program comes after pressure from various quarters including conservative Liberals for immigration to be lowered, and the government talking up the need for 'congestion busting'.
It is becoming harder to argue that neoliberal market solutions, from tax cuts to deregulation, will necessarily benefit and protect ordinary voters.
Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
Bishop told parliament she believed the Coalition would win the election.
The exit of Bishop underlines the Liberals' “woman problem”.
It comes after the decision by cabinet minister Kelly O'Dwyer to leave at the election.
Independent candidate for Warringah Zali Steggall poses for a photograph during a press conference in Sydney.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in Australian politics.
Josh Frydenberg holds his seat by a high margin, but has a determined challenger.
The former head of the government's Clean
Energy Finance Corporation is expected to run against Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the heartland Liberal seat of Kooyong.
Kelly O'Dwyer last week announced she would not be re-contesting her seat of Higgins at the 2019 elections.
The departure of Liberal women is a sign that they have always been outsiders within the party, and by world standards the gender imbalance is stark and woefully out of touch.
Kelly O'Dwyer faced opposition as she attempted to advance the interests of women within the Liberal Party.
The Prime Minister's reaction to Kelly O'Dwyer's decision says much about the Coalition's attitude to women.
If Julie Bishop also walked away, she would be making a rational decision.
The minister for women's decision to walk away is appalling timing, and the government's most popular woman might follow suit.
The final day of parliament was just like the other sitting days of 2018: chaotic.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
Abbott strongly supported the proposal.
Morrison described the rule change as historic and the biggest in the
74 years of the party's history.
Kelly has had a special place on Sky, with so many appearances his.
colleagues joke he must have a sleeping bag there.
The right is strong within the
party. And with the Morrison government now dealing with a hung parliament, there has been a risk that a disendorsed Kelly could defect to the
Kelly was one of those who scuppered the National Energy Guarantee, in.
the party meltdown that ended Turnbull’s leadership.
Kelly has threatened to run as an independent if he loses preselection and also at times has left the way open to go to the crossbench.
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
When Labor tried to suspend standing orders in question time, Cathy McGowan, Rebekha Sharkie, Kerryn.
Phelps and Julia Banks abstained.
While the Liberals are losing out
politically because of their low female representation and inability to properly address the problem, on the crossbench the women are now standouts (and a majority).
Craig Kelly - wearing a T-shirt with the face of Robert Menzies.
on it - told the ABC he would not defect to the cross bench.
Malcolm Turnbull has struck back angrily at a report that he has been helping independent Kerryn Phelps, his successor in Wentworth, as chaos continues to fracture the Liberals.
Frydenberg reiterates that the Liberal party is still a "broad church" and says he isn't concerned about other MPs like Craig Kelly following Banks' suit.
Former Liberal Julia Banks has not ruled out running as an independent in Chisholm.
The Victorian backbencher has announced she is quitting the party to join the crossbench, launching a scathing attack on the right wing of the Liberal Party in the process.
Ryan declined to name names, but his reference to the media was.
directed at commentators on Sky in the evening and the Sydney shock
In a critique of federal influences in the rout of the Victorian Liberals, Ryan, a former vice-president of the state division, pointed to swings in seats “that are the cradle of the Liberal party”.