It's been a good while since Mark Latham has had much in common with the party he once led, but he can still boil the blood of some of its members.
Every reform politicians suggest for Australia's political donations regime needs to be motivated solely by the desire to enhance the public interest.
Offers off free food, holidays and gifts are tempting, but there can be a price to pay – as Canberra discovered this week.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
The opposition leader has promised to push for a ban on foreign donations.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
'Soft power' has been spoken of a great deal in relation to Sam Dastyari's recent political donations strife, but it is often misunderstood.
The pernicious influence of money on politics is a problem of political donations more generally, not just from foreign donors.
The press gallery's mid-winter ball, held on Wednesday, has become an institution. It raises money for charities as well as being an all-round good knees-up for media and politicians.
The Labor Party has been driving a campaign bus from Cairns to Canberra. On Sunday night Sam Dastyari told supporters they had raised enough money to extend its journey through to Melbourne.
A court decision slugging Chevron Australia with a tax bill also reveals the use of an accounting measure that obscures tax paid in Australia.
Bill Shorten has elevated two more women to his shadow cabinet, giving Labor a total of seven compared with the Turnbull cabinet's five, in a minor reshuffle of his frontbench.