Stuart Robert is a conservative within the Liberal Party and is close to Treasurer Scott Morrison.
The ministerial future of Stuart Robert looks very precarious, raising the prospect that Malcolm Turnbull's reshuffle may be wider than has been expected.
As the government considers a tax reform agenda without changing the GST, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer discusses tax and superannuation with Michelle Grattan.
Philip Ruddock has been under preselection pressure in his seat of Berowra.
Father of the House of Representatives Philip Ruddock will leave parliament at the election, resolving one of several NSW Liberal preselection rows.
Stuart Robert has come under scrutiny for a trip to China he undertook while assistant minister for defence.
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Malcolm Turnbull has sought advice on whether Human Services Minister Stuart Robert breached the code of ministerial standards during a private trip to China in 2014.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a family fun day at The Lodge in Canberra.
As Malcolm Turnbull continues to strike down the prospects of a GST increase being part of his tax package, the secretary of his department, Martin Parkinson, is taking charge of the tax issue bureaucratically…
Malcolm Turnbull said the May budget would be the government’s tax platform and, for ‘all practical purposes’, its white paper.
Malcolm Turnbull has said the budget will contain the government's tax policy, and questioned whether the benefits of increasing the GST would be worth the difficulties of doing so.
As parliament returned this week, the government was rattled by a GST debate that had run wild, agitating backbenchers and causing the government to pause.
Treasurer Scott Morrison had a bad first week of the new parliamentary year, as the idea of a possible GST increase came in for a barrage of negativity.
If the government eventually decides against embracing a 15% GST, we might look back and conclude that the mortal blow was delivered this week.
At the start of a frenetic year for independent Nick Xenophon, the South Australian senator says his new national political party, the Nick Xenophon Team, will fill a vacuum.
Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull must now decide whether all of the 267 asylum seekers will be deported.
Malcolm Turnbull turned on the machismo and Peter Dutton stayed tough, after the High Court confirmed Australia's offshore detention regime is constitutional.
Michaelia Cash reveals to Michelle Grattan she is willing to agree to David Leyonhjelm's call for a sunset clause on the ABCC legislation.
A Brisbane-born baby boy, whose parents are from Iran, is one of 37 babies who could be deported to Nauru.
The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the government's power to detain people offshore.
Malcolm Turnbull must wait for Nationals leader Warren Truss to decide his future before announcing a ministerial reshuffle.
When Malcolm Turnbull addressed his party room on Tuesday, he had a double message.
In the first Politics Podcast for 2016, Michelle Grattan and Tony Burke discuss the challenging gap between government revenue and spending.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has been sceptical about the usefulness of economic modelling.
Scott Morrison has become a true believer in the cause of raising the GST, determined to drive a major switch in the tax mix. The big question is whether Malcolm Turnbull will end up in the same place…
The Coalition under Malcolm Turnbull continues its lead over Labor in the latest Newspoll.
A 15% GST accompanied by income tax cuts has received a thumbs down from voters in the first Newspoll of 2016.
Bill Shorten has proposed higher penalties for employers who deliberately underpay workers, and stronger protections for workers from sham contracting.
A Labor government would crack down on employers who exploit workers with harsher penalties and other measures, opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised.
Eric Abetz is resisting pressure to fall in line with the outcome of a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
How far should party discipline go? Not as far as certain proponents of same-sex marriage would like it to in the Liberal Party.
Treasury secretary John Fraser says if Australia were to permanently reduce net debt, it would have to achieve sustained structural budget improvements.
Australia should not be complacent about maintaining its top credit rating, which depends on achieving budget repair and a more diverse economy, Treasury secretary John Fraser has said.
Australia ranked 5th on the literacy test, ahead of the US and the UK.
The political obsession with back to basics literacy is leaving schools behind. What is taught in school is becoming increasingly distant from what is required in the real world.