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Australia’s grand mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a national day of unity event in Canberra. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Terrorism debate can’t be stifled, must be managed

The divide within government ranks over handling the terrorism issue has been highlighted by the tough words at the weekend from Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg.
Martin Parkinson is expected to be announced as the new head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, replacing Michael Thawley. Roger Phillips/QUT

Martin Parkinson has last laugh over Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin

The yet-to-be-announced appointment of former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson to head the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is a tale of justice restored, with a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan…
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton hopes that pressure from his political allies will see him resume a seat on cabinet’s national security committee. Lukas Coch/AAP

Cabinet’s national security committee – an uber group for ministers

The push to try to get Immigration Minister Peter Dutton onto Cabinet's national security committee (NSC) can be seen, apart from anything else, as something of a power play by the Liberal right.
Bill Shorten’s strong ties to the union movement are problematic for his credibility as alternative prime minister. AAP/Lukas Coch

Bill Shorten needs to demonstrate independence from the unions

Bill Shorten can heave a sigh of relief at the statement from the royal commission into union corruption that he didn’t do anything illegal in the activities it examined in his Australian Workers' Union…
The secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Michael Thawley, wants the public service to open its doors to the outside world. Lukas Coch/AAP

Message to government: better media access to the public service wouldn’t be so scary

Michael Thawley, surprised at finding so many closed doors – requiring swipe cards – when he became secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, has now opened most of the internal ones…
Tony Abbott’s speech to conservatives in London overlooks the differences between Australia and Europe in the numbers of refugees. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Abbott tells Europe: do things my way

Tony Abbott's initial post-prime ministerial public foray on the policy front has been narrow cast and hard line.
Malcolm Turnbull risks provoking the conservatives within his party on the issue of same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull tests the water on same-sex marriage

It was another good day at the office for the Turnbull government. Finally, Labor came on board with the China-Australia free trade agreement. And a package of changes for savings from family tax benefits…