The Liberal Party is at a crossroad in its history. It must take bold steps to ensure better representation in its ranks by introducing gender quotas.
The president won't be removed from office until Republicans in the House decide to support the idea – or the midterms hand the Democrats more seats.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in Australian politics.
The stoush between Senators Sarah-Hanson Young and David Leyonhjelm harks back to age-old - not to mention nonsense and deeply sexist - dichotomies about women's sexuality and moral character.
Leyonhjelm's conduct is at the extreme end of the discourteous, sometimes boorish, discourse that too often is characterising political exchanges.
In announcing the retreat, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann reaffirmed that the government remained committed to the cuts, and cast the July 28 byelections as a referendum on them.
The decision, announced in response to questions at a news conference on Tuesday, doesn't appear to have gone through shadow cabinet. Nor did Shorten mention it when he addressed caucus that morning.
The Senate on Thursday is set to pass intact the government's $144 billion three-stage income tax package - but whether the plan is fully delivered will depend on who wins the election.
Any voters so angry about the more conventional parties that they are tempted to look Palmer's way again might like to consider the shenanigans on Monday.
One paradox of leaders of personality parties is that while they attract voters and so can get others elected, this can be their downfall, because they are by nature loners not team people.
ReachTEL polls show Labor is behind in key byelections, but Essential has better news for Bill Shorten.
The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
Tim Storer has one hell of a decision to make shortly after the May budget, when the government plans to bring back its legislation to give tax cuts to big business.
The government's company tax cut for big business has received a further blow.
The government has been forced to put off a vote on its tax cut for big business.
Tony Abbott described Pauline Hanson as 'a remarkable and a resilient presence in our public life for more than two decades'.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
If the government clinches the tax cut legislation it will be a major victory – with its own irony.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
The recommendations of the Senate inquiry into the future of public interest journalism are unlikely to get much traction, but the very real issues it was investigating remain unresolved.