Banning relationships is likely to be ineffective and may result in disengagement, secrecy and resentment by employees of the encroachment of employment policies into genuinely private matters.
In the most spectacular manner, Malcolm Turnbull has publicly trashed his relationship with Barnaby Joyce.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced that sexual relations between ministers and their staff will be prohibited.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Some Liberals have been unhappy at the prospect of Barnaby Joyce being acting prime minister when Malcolm Turnbull visits the US.
Barnaby Joyce's greatest protection in the short term remains the absence of a strong alternative.
The appointment of ministerial advisers is based on a party-political network of patronage, where the primary consideration is loyalty to the political party – not merit.
Barry O'Sullivan has declared that Barnaby Joyce remains a big asset to the Nationals despite the sharp grassroots reaction to his affair with his former staffer.
Labor is eyeing possible openings to exploit in the liaison between Barnaby Joyce and his former staffer Vikki Campion.
Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
There's one very significant difference between the Joyce-Campion and Cairns-Morosi affairs.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.
Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
This is the second consecutive time the Nationals have chosen a female senator as deputy leader.
Unlike Tony Windsor in 2016, none of Barnaby Joyce's New England byelection opponents had the resources to run a strong campaign.
While the government improved compared with the previous poll, this is the 24th consecutive Newspoll the Coalition has lost in two-party terms.
Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has been returned to parliament with a big swing toward him in his New South Wales seat of New England.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in Australian politics.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Laws passed by MPs while under a citizenship cloud are unlikely to be contested; decisions made by ministers after doubts about their dual citizenship was announced are more complicated matters.