University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan look at the political consequences for the prime minister in having promoted Mal Brough to the ministry.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to elevate Mal Brough to the ministry threatened to come at a high cost this week.
Malcolm Turnbull, having briefly touched home base, is back on the summit round, leaving behind a rather messy and smelly little scandal, the first to hit his ministry.
Labor’s latest policy announcement sharply differentiates its climate stand from the Coalition’s.
Labor will commit to the goal of Australia achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and embrace the ambitious target of cutting emissions by 45% on 2005 levels by 2030.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter
Christian Porter on domestic violence.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Social Services Minister Christian Porter about the government's moves on domestic violence, his thinking on welfare reform and his support for making adoption easier.
Justice Minister Michael Keenan, ASIO head Duncan Lewis and Attorney-General George Brandis announce a new national terrorism threat advisory system.
The new five-level National Terrorism Threat Advisory System has come into operation. It places the current threat of an attack in Australia as "probable".
Martin Parkinson is expected to be announced as the new head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, replacing Michael Thawley.
The yet-to-be-announced appointment of former treasury secretary Martin Parkinson to head the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is a tale of justice restored, with a touch of Gilbert and Sullivan…
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Social Services Minister Christian Porter delivered findings from a report into domestic violence.
As the government and opposition seek strategies to address domestic violence, new research shows many young people are likely to blame victims and tolerate males behaving aggressively.
It’s never made sense that Australians pay more for books that those in the US.
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The government has agreed to the Harper competition review recommendation on parallel imports on books, but there's still a long way to go on IP reform.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that a new terrorism threat advisory system, which had been recommended by ASIO and been subject of extensive consultation, was now coming into operation.
Malcolm Turnbull has asked Australian law enforcement agencies to test their responses to a mass casualty attack in the wake of the killings in Paris and elsewhere.
Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue.
A Shorten government would further substantially increase the excise on tobacco, taking the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to nearly A$41 by 2020 and boosting revenue by $47.7 billion over a decade.
Mal Brough faced questions from Labor in parliament about his involvement in asking James Ashby to obtain copies of Peter Slipper’s diaries.
The opposition has targeted Special Minister of State Mal Brough, whose home last week was raided by the Australian Federal Police in relation to the disclosure of Peter Slipper's diaries.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur.
Federal cabinet's national security committee meets on Monday, as Malcolm Turnbull continues to resist pressure from the Liberal right to make Peter Dutton a permanent member of it.
Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer said average income earners are the main group taking advantage of negative gearing.
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Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer told the ABC that "average income earners largely are the people who do get to take advantage of negative gearing." Is that a fact?
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan cast an eye over the fledgling political relationship between Malcolm Turnbull and his US counterpart.
Malcolm Turnbull’s trivialisation of the communications bungle over the 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese-owned company may not go down well with the US.
One can only speculate how the discussion would have gone if Tony Abbott had survived as prime minister long enough to meet Barack Obama during this week's summit circuit.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has banned the Chinese acquisition of the vast S. Kidman and Co property holdings in its current form on the basis of the land’s size and security issues.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has blocked Chinese attempts to purchase the vast Kidman empire - which amounts to 1.3% of Australia's total land area.
Bill Shorten has announced that a Labor government would boost funding for programs supporting the education and mentoring of Indigenous girls.
Bill Shorten has announced an initiative that would tackle the educational disadvantage faced by Aboriginal girls, and also pledged a Labor government would address the "justice gap".
ASPI executive director Peter Jennings.
Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings has strongly criticised the decision to lease the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton hopes that pressure from his political allies will see him resume a seat on cabinet’s national security committee.
The push to try to get Immigration Minister Peter Dutton onto Cabinet's national security committee (NSC) can be seen, apart from anything else, as something of a power play by the Liberal right.