Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison have channelled 1940s-era debates in their comments on housing affordability.
It's not the first time Australia has grappled with concerns about affordable housing. History offers insights that can help inform contemporary debates and policies.
Robert Menzies knew the Liberal Party would never be able to govern in its own right.
The formation of the Liberal-National coalition significantly changed Australian politics. But the Nationals' influence has waned as Australia has become more urbanised.
The Nationals are among the most politically pragmatic members of the Turnbull government.
The impatience of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with some among the Liberals is palpable.
Celebrating his one-year anniversary of becoming National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce is well aware of the challenge posed by One Nation.
Was Barnaby Joyce’s international comparison correct?
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Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said backpackers would be better off working in Australia with a 19% tax than in New Zealand, England and Canada. Is that true? And what would a 15% or 10.5% tax mean?
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers.
Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Earlier this week, footage aired of George Brandis speculating that Queensland's Liberal National Party might demerge. But Barnaby Joyce says this won't happen.
Labor MP Kate Ellis, speaking on Q&A.
After Australia announced a refugee deal with the US, Labor's Kate Ellis told Q&A that millions of dollars were spent on an earlier deal with Cambodia, yet very few lives were changed. Is that right?
Barnaby Joyce recently said a resolution of the backpacker tax issue was imminent.
Federal cabinet on Tuesday is due to consider a compromise on the backpacker tax, as the government moves to clear away the issue as soon as possible.
As the Nationals’ chief whip, George Christensen has a central role in keeping the party in line.
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…
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed the government’s intention to put its industrial relations bills back to the parliament.
Malcolm Turnbull has publicly conceded the Nationals are entitled to two more ministers.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Barnaby Joyce was in acute pain on Tuesday when he was in Canberra for the Nationals’ post-election meeting.
Barnaby Joyce's talks with Malcolm Turnbull to discuss the new Coalition ministry were up in the air on Tuesday night after he suddenly returned to his Tamworth home to nurse an injured knee.
Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson.
There is much talk, after the close election and the substantial vote for the bit players, that the message voters are sending politicians is that they want them to work together for the national good…
Since he took over as Nationals leader earlier this year Barnaby Joyce has played a tight team game.
Within the Coalition the only cheer is among the Nationals who could actually gain one in their numbers at an election where the government has lost a swag of seats.
Barnaby Joyce pats a wooden wombat before starting an election address at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has left the way open for a possible change of portfolio in a re-elected Turnbull government – assuming he holds his seat.
An Australian bull pictured in a Vietnamese abattoir before slaughter.
The latest horrific footage of the appalling treatment of cattle sent for slaughter in the live export trade is a fresh indictment of Australian authorities. Animals Australia has exposed that in Vietnam…
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own.
What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
As the opinion polls remained tight between the two major parties, there were costly gaffes this week from both sides.