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The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull flays colleagues after government’s humiliation

As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
Malcolm Turnbull explicitly chose to assume the mantle of his predecessor Tony Abbott as ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Can Turnbull change course in Indigenous affairs?

For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull has painted a grim picture about the dangers of terrorism. AAP/Mick Tsikas

ADF set to hit more Islamic State targets under legal change

The rules of engagement for Australian forces fighting Islamic State will be widened, with a proposed change in the law giving them legal power to target all parts of the armed organisation.
Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients. Joel Carrett/AAP

Albanese warns Labor over clean energy supplement in omnibus bill

Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten offers deal on super while hardening stand on plebiscite

Bill Shorten has proposed specific changes to the budget's controversial superannuation reforms, which have been under attack from the conservatives in the Coalition ranks.
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan to bring bank executives before a parliamentary committee at least annually has been seen as little more than token. Mick Tsikas/AAP

The banking story has a way to run for Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull’s resistance to a royal commission into banks is flouting public opinion and will test his own backbenchers, who have their fingers on the electoral pulse on this hot-button issue. An…
Bill Shorten announces his frontbench with deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek. AAP/Andrew Taylor

Wong wins foreign affairs in Shorten’s new frontbench line-up

Bill Shorten has made some very sound decisions in his far-reaching frontbench overhaul, but the exercise contained some shockers as well. Moving deputy leader Tanya Plibersek from shadow foreign minister…
Bill Shorten has expanded his shadow ministry to keep a place for Kim Carr. AAP/David Crosling

Shorten provides Kim Carr with life raft

Bill Shorten has found a way to keep Kim Carr in Labor's shadow ministry by expanding his frontbench – to the fury of the left, which had withdrawn support for the Victorian senator.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign. AAP/Lukas Coch

Are Australia’s political parties past their use-by date?

The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson. Lukas Coch/AAP

Nationals’ ministerial claims complicate Turnbull’s reshuffle

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…

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