Since the Whitlam government in 1972, the major parties have taken a similar approach to managing relations with China, albeit with a few key differences.
No matter who forms government after the next election, managing Australia's relationship with China will continue to be a major challenge, and vitally important in a region remaking itself.
Linda Reynolds was today sworn in as defence industry minister and promoted into cabinet.
The prime minister is remaining stoic about the loss of a batch of ministers ahead of this year's election, but in truth it points to the Coalition's dim chances of re-election.
Linda Reynolds replaces Steve Ciobo as defence industry minister.
If the Coalition wins the election, Reynolds will replace the departing Christopher Pyne as defence minister.
Christopher Pyne (left) and Steve Ciobo are set to announce they will not contest their seats at the May election.
The defence minister and defence industry minister are set to become the latest in a string of high-profile government MPs exiting at the upcoming election.
Jay Weatherill was seen as the better performer during the campaign when compared with Steven Marshall.
While many soft voters didn't think Labor deserved re-election, they were hesitant about the Liberals under Steven Marshall.
Politics podcast: the “X factor” in the South Australian election.
Labor is pitching for a fifth term in South Australia.
Warren Entsch said he was astounded and offended by a letter sent to Queensland LNP members attacking MPs who publicly support same-sex marriage.
The five Liberal rebels are not ruling out crossing the floor to try to force a parliamentary vote.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss what's been making headlines this week in politics.
Tony Abbott has made the most of media opportunities this week to push his agenda.
As the Liberals fight and manoeuvre, the Nationals are watching on appalled, privately wondering at Turnbull's inability to control even his moderate supporters, let alone his party as a whole.
Malcolm Turnbull is firm in his belief that his party is one of harmony and robust discussion. But Tony Abbott seems to have other ideas.
Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.
A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party.
More broadly, Pyne's self-indulgence is damaging to Turnbull because it reinforces everything the party's malcontents on the right believe.
Dennis Richardson has served more than 48 years in the public service and seen a dozen prime ministers.
One of the most challenging jobs in the federal public service has opened.
How does Australia’s economic growth shape up against the G7 countries?
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Ahead of the Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, minister for defence industries Christopher Pyne said a lot of jobs were created in 2016 and Australia has the highest growth rate in the G7. Is that true?
While Marise Payne participated in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting by telephone, she is not well enough to travel to Japan.
The Australia-Japan foreign and defence ministers' 'two-plus-two' talks, due to be held in Japan before Christmas, are being deferred because of Marise Payne's recent illness.
Malcolm Turnbull, Christopher Pyne and Scott Morrison look at Speaker Tony Smith after the government lost two divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Chaos reigned at Parliament House when key Liberals MPs went missing, and Labor staged an ambush.
Malcolm Turnbull has been anxious to shore up crossbench support.
Two more crossbenchers, Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie, have given Malcolm Turnbull assurances they will back his government on supply and confidence.
We know there will be cuts if the Liberal party is re-elected.
Liberal higher education policy is obscure; perhaps deliberately so. But the conclusion is clear. Unless students are required to pay significantly more, universities will face major cuts.
Kim Carr (left) and Christopher Pyne (right) debating on innovation at the National Press Club.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
Was Christopher Pyne right about the NBN?
Was Christopher Pyne right to say that "there has not been a delay of the NBN"?
CSIRO has the know-how to develop commercial-scale green energy, with a clear plan and enough money.
The Coalition has asked CSIRO to develop a "roadmap" towards commercialised clean energy. It's a good idea as long as the plan is clear, and there's enough money behind it.