Michelle Grattan talks with Deputy Vice Chancellor Geoff Crisp about the week in politics, including the "sports rorts" affair, the future of Michael McCormack and the corona virus travel ban.
The 12th Closing the Gap report shows disappointing results on key targets, including child mortality, school attendance literacy and numeracy, employment and life expectancy.
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In recent years, state governments have become more sophisticated in service delivery and more accountable – in contrast to the federal government.
Addressing Tuesday's Coalition party room, Morrison called for unity, reminding members they were not there as a team, and declaring the government had a “contract” with the Australian people.
The Indonesian president outlined four major steps to improve the relationship, two of which were quite unexpected.
Whatever our differences, Australians’ essential empathy and yearning for connection always come out in times of crisis. We have a responsibility to make sure it stays that way.
Scott Morrison dodged a bullet when the Nationals clung on to Michael McCormack. There was palpable relief when the news came through to the Liberals. “We still have a Coalition,” one MP was heard to say…
If the PM continues to hide behind cabinet confidentiality and precedent, it won't just be his skin that sustains bruises, but that of his right hand bureaucrat.
The result will be a deep relief to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who stood to be a big loser if forced to partner with Joyce.
Despite the Nationals deputy leader resigning, the so-called "sports rorts" scandals is far from resolved.
It's much harder to remove a minister these days than it used to be – and there's no sign Bridget McKenzie's departure will prove a damaging blow for the Morrison government.
The number of coronavirus cases in Australia is likely to be quite small, but there could be substantial broader effects.
Parliament will reopen in the final month of a summer of horror for the country in general and Scott Morrison in particular.
Public servants are entirely accountable, ministerial advisers scarcely at all.
The government’s approach to Bridget McKenzie reveals a remarkable misunderstanding (or perhaps a remarkable misrepresentation) of the respective roles of ministers and administrators.
With parliament returning next week, Morrison can’t dally with the McKenzie affair much longer.
Despite Morrison saying how much he respected the “professionalism”, “expertise” and “skills” of the public service, his remarks won't be lost on federal bureaucrats.
Sport Australia wrote to McKenzie’s office before the election expressing concern it was being compromised by political interference.
Morrison's hope for clear air for his messages is being stymied by the crisis around deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, as more damaging information emerges against her in the sports rorts affair.
Scott Morrison emphasised national unity in his Australia Day address last year, but this is not the message that everyone wants to hear.
New research shows how prime ministers typically frame national identity on Australia day: it's largely male, heterosexual, white and lacking class distinctions.
Bridget McKenzie’s political future could be determined by Scott Morrison’s inquiry into whether she breached ministerial standards.
The damaging longer-term risk for Prime Minister Scott Morrison is that some people have re-thought their view of him over the sports grants saga and his missteps in handling the bushfires.
Bridget McKenzie was a member of a shooting club that received $36,000 in grant money.
Morrison says he referred the auditor-general report to the head of his department last week to determine if McKenzie breached ministerial standards in her sports grant dispersals.
Anthony Albanese led Scott Morrison 43-39 as preferred prime minister in the first Newspoll of the new year.
Morrison suffered a drop in his job performance rating, with 37% saying they were satisfied, down eight points from early December, and 59% saying they were dissatisfied, up 11 points.
When polling resumes after the summer, Scott Morrison may be surprised by the public’s assessment of his government’s handling of the bushfires.
There is an obvious point upon which the LNP, Labor and Greens might agree to move policy forward: the national 'cap and trade' emissions trading system proposed by John Howard in 2007.