Dean Smith on the pros and risks of new religious freedom protections.
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Western Australia Liberal Senator Dean Smith is a man of forthright opinions, not afraid to take on fights within his party.
Liberal backbench senator Dean Smith will challenge on Saturday his party's decision not to field a candidate in the byelection for the federal seat of Perth.
It was the week that saw a parliamentary committee recommend a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle- but the idea was immediately shut down by the government.
A report into the dual citizenship saga provides a number of practical recommendations to improve compliance with section 44 of the Constitution, but also confirms there is no easy fix.
Ahead, the choice is between a patch-up or a proper solution. The patch up is inevitable in the short term but is a cop-out as a long-term answer.
We'll get a clearer indication of Bill Shorten's strategy when he delivers his budget reply on Thursday night. His speech has taken on extra significance now.
Today's High Court decision against Katy Gallagher has clarified how to interpret the constitution on this matter. But the problem of dual citizenship can only be properly fixed by a referendum.
The decision has reignited the citizenship crisis and transformed the political landscape.
Today's High Court decision on whether Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is eligible to hold her seat will have significant implications for the whole parliament.
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.
Embattled Labor MP Susan Lamb has hit back at government pressure for her to quit parliament over her dual citizenship.
The High Court has ruled that Steve Martin is eligible to enter the Senate to replace the disqualified Jacqui Lambie.
The now-infamous section 44 of the Australian Constitution was a last-minute change by the authors, drafted in private and accepted out of weariness.
The Coalition now trails 48-52% on the two-party vote – the best result for it since April last year.
As the fallout from the dual citizenship saga continues, the Greens and Labor are set to fight a close contest in Batman, while Nick Xenophon has work to do ahead of the South Australian election.
Labor MP David Feeney has quit parliament and triggered a byelection in the Victorian seat of Batman.
2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
It will be months before Labor will know what damage the citizenship crisis might do to it.