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.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities.
2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
A change in minister needs to mean a change in tack with regard to higher education.
Higher education policy development should involve learning from the Abbott government's mistakes and other counties where university reform has been successfully achieved.
Simon Birmingham has announced the deregulation of university fees will be delayed until 2017 at the earliest.
New Education Minister Simon Birmingham says the Turnbull government will abandon plans to deregulate university fees in time for 2016.
Goodbye education, hello science.
Christopher Pyne’s policies in the education portfolio were underpinned by liberal values of the free market, autonomy and education as a private commodity.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his first Question Time in the top job.
Malcolm Turnbull told the partyroom on Tuesday that nobody was more committed to “embracing our broad church” – the liberal and conservative traditions of the Liberal Party – than he was. That’s code for…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is struggling to contain instability in an openly divided team.
When Kevin Rudd came under attack from some of his ministers for the way he ran his cabinet, it turned out to be the beginning of the end. Now we are seeing Tony Abbott struggling to contain instability…
Queensland MP Ross Vasta flanks Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.
Queensland Liberal MP Ross Vasta has thrown his hat in the ring for the position of speaker.
Australia’s federal cabinet currently has just two female members. What can be done about boosting the number of female parliamentarians generally?
Thanks to quotas, the proportion of women in parliaments across the world has nearly doubled in the past 20 years.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s argument about same-sex marriage is improbable and even if it were not, it would be irrelevant.
the battle over same-sex marriage is taking on a strange nature
Education Minister Christopher Pyne was fast to dismiss the idea of wealthy parents paying for public school.
First it was the tax paper falling victim to the exigencies of politics; now it’s the federalism one. Neither is finished but already the government has, under sharp political pressure, ruled certain options…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott desperately needs to be projecting an air of stability.
One government man has an interesting theory on why Tony Abbott mightn't mind talk of a double dissolution election. The PM finds governing very hard – and would love to be back on the campaign trail.
Research infrastructure, such as the H-1NF at the Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility, enables our world leading science.
Australian Plasma Fusion Research Facility
Australia needs to take a longer term view of research infrastructure funding in order to prevent it from becoming politicised.
Lack of consultation, lack of information and lack of justification have led to the second failure of Pyne’s higher education bill.
The voting down of the higher education bill stems from the government's failure to sell the reforms. Here is a six step guide to successfully making big changes to higher education.
Despite months of lobbying and an 11th-hour bid at compromise, Christopher Pyne has failed to negotiate the passage of his university reforms through the Senate.
The Senate has defeated the government's plan to deregulate university fees 34 votes to 30, with Labor, the Greens and five of the other eight crossbenchers combining against it.