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Nothing was achieved in a Monday meeting between the government and Labor on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Dan Peled/AAP

Same-sex marriage plebiscite manoeuvring has become a charade

We have reached the point of absurdity. Neither the government nor Labor can or wants to compromise on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Yet they continue the charade. Nothing was achieved by or at Monday’s…
Malcolm Turnbull addresses a high-level refugee meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Jason Szenes/EPA

Resettlement is the test for Malcolm Turnbull on refugees

Malcolm Turnbull’s various New York comments about border control and refugee policies have been heavy on self-congratulation of Australia. The biggest missing element has been any announcement of a solution…
As the Nationals’ chief whip, George Christensen has a central role in keeping the party in line. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Barnaby Joyce’s challenge: applying the whip to the Nationals’ whip

Bizarre as it might seem, George Christensen, the rebel MP who threatened to cross the floor unless the government changed the superannuation package, is the Nationals’ chief whip. After the election Nationals…
The government has left the door open to negotiate with Labor on its same-sex marriage plebiscite. Lukas Coch/AAP

Hard to see compromise on same-sex marriage plebiscite

There’s speculation the government might be willing to reach out to Labor to save its same-sex marriage plebiscite from being killed in the Senate. But no-one should be getting too excited. Malcolm Turnbull…
As of Friday no explanation for Stephen Conroy’s departure had emerged beyond his own comments about family. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The strange case of Stephen Conroy’s invisible resignation

Bill Shorten has lost a very important member of his praetorian guard, in an exit from parliament that came as a complete surprise and was executed in the strangest manner. Stephen Conroy, Labor’s deputy…
Bill Shorten will miss two days of parliament this week for meetings in Canada and the US. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten shoots down plebiscite

Bill Shorten has now signalled he will kill the same-sex marriage plebiscite, but he seems determined to make it a slow death. As Shorten departed on Wednesday for Canada and the United States, Labor sources…
Malcolm Turnbull leaves after the government lost divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Liberal Party ‘internals’ have a bad attack of acid stomach

Both Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese and Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi were in the business of stirring expectations in interviews on Sunday. And if those expectations take hold, that’s particularly…
The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull flays colleagues after government’s humiliation

As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash provide the picture to go with the words about their legislation for a tough cop on the construction block. Lisa Martin/AAP

In search of authority, Turnbull can’t afford to lose the industrial relations bills

Dressed predictably if absurdly in a fluoro vest, with Employment Minister Michaelia Cash sporting matching gear, Malcolm Turnbull was out first thing on Wednesday spruiking his industrial relations legislation…