New senators Tim Storer and Steve Martin boosted the prospects for the government’s tax cuts for big business.
If the government clinches the tax cut legislation it will be a major victory – with its own irony.
Steve Martin has been sworn in to take Jacqui Lambie’s place as a Tasmanian senator.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
Former senators Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon and Sam Dastyari announce the public interest journalism inquiry in May 2017.
The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.
Trump on Jan. 19, 2018.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
What’s unique about this shutdown? It happened under a unified government – and that’s bad news for the GOP.
Sam Dastyari leaves parliament but insists he is a patriotic Australian.
Sam Dastyari has given in to pressure from within his party and resigned from parliament, saying he had always acted with integrity.
Nigerians don’t trust the police and often resort to mob justice.
Nigeria is on the verge of passing a law to criminalise rampant mob lynching. Other countries have tried to do this and failed.
Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement.
The Sam Dastyari episode underscores the need for clear-cut rules to prevent those with links to foreign governments from using money to influence the political process.
Skye Kakoschke-Moore said she would ask that her case be referred to the High Court.
Nick Xenophon Team senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore has resigned from parliament after being advised she is a British citizen via her mother.
Greens Jordon Steele-John on being an ‘accidental’ senator.
New Greens senator Jordon Steele-John is the youngest person ever to sit in the Senate.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Stephen Parry has been confirmed as a British citizen.
Stephen Parry's departure is feeding into the current tensions between the Nationals and the Liberals.
Stephen Parry is the first Liberal MP to be caught in the dual citizenship debacle.
The government has been thrown into a fresh crisis, with Senate President Stephen Parry announcing he may be a British citizen.
Nick Xenophon is a tough dealmaker who demands concessions in return for his crucial numbers.
Nick Xenophon, the master of the stunt, is about to indulge in one more before he leaves the Senate for a run at ruling the South Australian roost from its crossbench. After his shock announcement that…
Nick Xenophon will resign from the Senate to pursue a career in South Australian politics.
Nick Xenophon's exit from the Senate could substantially affect the dynamics in negotiations with the government.
Tony Abbott said he was a reluctant banner but says the burqa is an affront to the Australian way of life.
Tony Abbott was commenting on a motion for a ban George Christensen will move when the Nationals' federal conference meets this weekend.
Michelle Grattan and Nicholas Klomp discuss the week in politics.
Politics podcast: Derryn Hinch on surviving the senate.
After spending a year immersed in the parliamentary machine, broadcaster-turned-senator Derryn Hinch is keen to see a more efficient Senate.
This is a potent slogan, although there is a deeply conservative undertone to the idea that love always requires marriage.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ahead of a vote on the health care bill.
Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein
Mitch McConnell gets a win, and the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare will be debated in the Senate.
The prime minister’s office denied suggestions that Malcolm Turnbull had given support to Bill Shorten’s proposal for four-year terms.
Bill Shorten said the federal political system seemed 'out of whack in that everything is so short term'.