The battle between Jones and Morrison came down to the repeated, and, for the seething Jones, existential question, ‘How does that feed a cow?’
Alan Jones unleashed his well-known tactics of lecturing and insult as he accused Scott Morrison of failing the immediate needs of drought-striken farmers.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The Coalition has been promoting its $7 billion drought relief package, but critics say what’s needed is a more effective national drought policy.
Australia's initial drought policy was plagued with problems and gutted in 2009. Since then, there has been no further attempt at developing a comprehensive national approach to the problem.
The Morrison win doesn’t mean the issue of climate change lacks cut through, or won’t have potency in the future.
Sometimes birthdays are best let pass quietly. The Liberals are finding the 75th anniversary of their founding another unfortunate occasion for the blood sport they thought they'd put behind them.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison needs to inject a little more subtlety into his pronouncements - and keep a lid on the frustrations.
The prime minister's recent appearances at home and abroad suggest he is tracking to the right, and the lack of nuance in the positions he takes is worrying.
“I think Australia has absolutely nothing to hide but cooperation will bring a cost”, says Michelle Grattan on the government cooperating with the inquiry into the Mueller inquiry.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the consequences of the controversial phone call between Morrison and Trump as revealed by the New York Times.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison.
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Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
Though the call between Trump and Morrison does not indicate any Australian government wrongdoing, it shows how the PM’s bromance with the president brings its political embarrassments.
Last week the PM got himself caught up in a Trump-created political rally. Now he's on the spot over this (typical) Trump call.
In his recent US trip, Prime Minister Scott Morrison align Australia firmly with the US’s vision of China, while Labor has been more circumspect.
In its mirroring of the US position, the government is indicating it believes China needs to have its wings clipped, while Labor has taken a different view.
Donald Trump and Scott Morrison at the opening of billionaire Anthony Pratt’s paper factory Ohio, which looked like a rally for Trump.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
During his visit to America, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison sought to emphasise Australia’s deep bond with the United States without aggravating China.
It will take skilled diplomacy for Australia to keep both China and the US happy, but it is important to do so.
A conservative who won an unexpected election victory, the knockabout Morrison ticks the boxes for Trump.
During his week in the United States, the PM tied himself to Trump to a remarkable degree. Though, the Washington days were better than later appearances, which saw Morrison open the China debate.
Morrison declared defiantly Australia was ‘doing our bit’ and ‘we reject any suggestion to the contrary’.
While a new report from the IPCC highlights the need for urgent climate change action, Morrison used his address to the UN to strongly defend the government's performance on climate change.
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech to the United Nations leaders summit on climate has fired up a sub-battle of the climate wars.
Scott Morrison told reporters he discussed climate change with his daughters, aged 10 and 12, but didn't share, unfortunately, the girls' views on the subject.
In his address on foreign policy in Chicago, Morrison said China needed to reflect its new status as a developed country in its trade arrangements and meeting environmental challenges.
Anthony Albanese has attacked Scott Morrison for sending a message to Beijing while in the United State, opening a partisan rift at a time when Australia-China relations are at a low point.
US President Donald Trump during his brief attendance at the UN climate summit.
The summit was supposed to get global climate action back on track. But despite a few bright spots, the urgent action needed to avoid a climate catastrophe looks a long way off.
Donald Trump has rolled out the red carpet for Scott Morrison in the US as part of a charm offensive aimed at shoring up the Australia-US alliance.
Just because Australia has a strong relationship with the US doesn't mean we should take a similarly aggressive stance with China and Iran.
“You won’t find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better political mate, than Australia,” said Morrison.
Amid the glamour and glitter and the mutually admiring exchanges between Donald Trump and Morrison, China and Iran were the central policy issues of interest during the PM's Washington trip.
Sinodinos warns about dangers for democracy and science posed by a polarised media.
Arthur Sinodinos with some reflections and advice
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As Arthur Sinodinos prepares to leave the Senate for his new role as Australian ambassador to the US, he sits with Michelle Grattan to reflect on his time in politics.
A child jumps from a rock outcrop into a lagoon in the low-lying Pacific island of Tuvalu.
Climate deniers have joyously laboured to create a world potentially uninhabitable for our children. Our activism has failed, and rebellion may be the only answer.