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Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull is happy to horse trade if it gets the nags over the line

Malcolm Turnbull didn’t actually trade his first-born this week but it felt like it might come to that. In a whatever-it-takes frame of mind, the government conceded a great deal to get its legislation…
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. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull takes charge on water in bid to get ABCC deal

Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has a complex relationship with the Liberal Party’s powerful social conservatives. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Pressure on Malcolm Turnbull to bend to conservatives is stronger than ever

The pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to bend to the conservative right factions of the Liberal and National parties has been compounded by the election of Donald Trump.
Malcolm Turnbull and Peter Dutton speak to officials during a tour of the Australian Maritime Border Command centre in Canberra on Sunday. Lukas Coch/AAP

A deal to be welcomed but detail is missing

At long last – a serious deal is in place for the resettlement of refugees from Nauru and Manus. But the details are very sketchy, and the implementation and monitoring will be vital. There is no timeline…
Malcolm Turnbull is taking the approach of trying to get in early with the President-elect, while reassuring Australians the alliance with the United States remains safe. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: As one businessman to another…Malcolm and Donald begin to talk

During the election campaign the University of Canberra's focus group in the seat of Indi was asked who'd be the better prime minister to deal with a possible Trump presidency.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia to ratify the Paris climate deal, under a large Trump-shaped shadow

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump's election victory.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, constantly under attack from some in the Coalition, ends her term next year. Lukas Coch/AAP

Inquiry opens way for changing Section 18C and the Human Rights Commission too

Malcolm Turnbull, who just recently had “no plans” to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), has now launched an inquiry that will lead to changing both it and the Human Rights Commission…

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