University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the latest bump in the Fairfax Ipsos poll and the chance of an election in 2015, Andrew Forrest lobbying for an inquiry into iron ore prices, and the conditions at the Nauru detention centre.
Transfield Services Chief Executive Operations Kate Munnings during the Senate inquiry into recent allegations relating to conditions and circumstances at the regional processing centre in Nauru.
Australian taxpayers are providing Transfield Services with $1.2 billion over 20 months to operate the detention facility on Nauru.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced that the government will not pursue an inquiry into iron ore prices.
The government has given into the pressure from the big miners and formally abandoned the idea of a parliamentary inquiry into the iron ore sector.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is in a nasty squeeze, with Andrew Forrest, founder of Fortescue Metals Group, and some of the other smaller miners on one side, and the big producers, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, on the other.
Tony Abbott has got into a terrible tangle over whether there should be an inquiry into iron ore prices.
Federal Labor frontbencher Mark Butler is one of the candidates who support a move to give affiliated unionists automatic membership and a vote in preselections.
A survey of candidates for the ALP national presidency has found broad support for granting members of affiliated unions automatic party membership and voting rights.
Senator Matt Canavan is leading a backbench push to stand up for stay-at-home parents.
With the budget squarely targeted at getting more mothers into work or working extra hours, a group of Coalition backbenchers is forming to fight for the interests of stay-at-home parents.
Shorten is right to see the importance in science, technology and maths, but his policies don’t have proven efficacy.
A heavy focus of Bill Shorten's budget reply speech was preparing for the future with science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. While this focus is a step in the right direction, the policies probably aren't the right way to go about it.
Newspoll found that Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s second budget was the best received in seven years.
Last week's giveaway budget has received the thumbs up from voters and boosted Tony Abbott's personal rating.
University of Canberra Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Frances Shannon and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics
Voters can be fairly confident Prime Minister Tony Abbott will aim to stay in the middle ground until the election.
This week's budget has helped entrench Tony Abbott's leadership. That's a blow for the Liberal aspirants but not necessarily for Labor, because it would prefer him to be the opponent at the election.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has unveiled $350 million of new planned spending under a Labor government.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for a bipartisan push to reduce the company tax rate for small business from the budget's promised 28.5% to 25%.
New Greens leader Richard Di Natale has focussed on health, climate change and public transport in his budget reply.
Climate change should have been tackled and investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector protected in the budget, new Greens leader Richard Di Natale said in his budget reply.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government have been encouraged by the budget’s initial reception.
A soft budget - if you overlook the nasty bits still there from last year – with more giveaways than takeaways inevitably fanned talk of a possible double dissolution this year.
Treasurer Joe Hockey’s politically cautious second budget talks up business confidence.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a A$5.5 billion jobs and small business package to kick start confidence, in a second Coalition budget that strategically retreats from the harshest measures of its predecessor.
Treasurer Joe Hockey tells small business it’s time to have a go.
This is a budget for when the economy has gone soft and the political situation is precarious.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said metadata is essential to most counter-terrorism investigations.
The government will provide telecommunications companies with $131 million in the budget to help with the costs of retaining metadata, as part of further measures to strengthen intelligence capabilities and counter extremist messaging.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has a lot of skin in the game coming into his second budget.
Budget day is high risk for all the political players.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has announced a budget crackdown on tax avoidance by multinational companies.
The budget will toughen anti-avoidance measures to crack down on the profit-shifting being undertaken by 30 multinational companies that have been identified by the Taxation Office.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been outshone by others in the lead up to his second budget.
With his reputation and confidence already badly dented, Treasurer Joe Hockey has been further damaged just two days before delivering his second budget.