Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce’s argument about same-sex marriage is improbable and even if it were not, it would be irrelevant.
the battle over same-sex marriage is taking on a strange nature
The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat down prices of suppliers.
Farmers will get some extra help in the battle against the supermarket chains in the government's long-awaited White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness released on Saturday.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is not planning any further action in relation to the ABC’s Q&A program.
A government report into the processes followed by the ABC's Q&A program has been released.
Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Critics are already seeing Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reaction to a cross-party same-sex marriage bill as Abbott going back on his word.
The prime minister is suddenly looking like a throwback to Tony Abbott, health minister, when he was fighting trenchantly against losing ministerial power over the abortion drug RU486.
Politicians and diplomats love free trade agreements; but the often secretive Investor-State dispute clauses bother the public.
One of the public criticisms of the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership involves Investor-State Dispute clauses. But in fact, Australia has already agreed to them in other FTAs.
The leak of the proposed same-sex marriage bill caught Prime Minister Tony Abbott by surprise.
Tony Abbott's office took quite a while to respond to Sky News' Wednesday report that a group of backbenchers from across the parliament planned to bring forward a gay marriage bill.
Television personality Ray Martin has been appointed by the ABC to conduct its review into Q&A.
Executive producer of Q&A Peter McEvoy has been given a formal warning in the wake of the furore over Zaky Mallah's appearance.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has been awarded damages from Fairfax Media.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has been awarded $200,000 in damages for a partial win in his defamation case against Fairfax Media.
Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa says Australia’s turnbacks policy is “incompatible with good bilateral relations”.
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Former Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has called out the Abbott government over its attempt to shrug off any cost to the bilateral relationship caused by the unilateral manner of its boat turnbacks.
Teachers have to know where to put apostrophes, but more important is why.
The long awaited literacy and numeracy test for teachers in Australia will finally make its appearance in 2016.
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said: ‘There is now overwhelming common ground on the need for a more certain and meaningful approach to emissions reduction’.
Major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups have formed the Australian Climate Roundtable in an effort to "put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward".
Joel Fitzgibbon has predicted that asylum seeker boat turnbacks will be part of Labor’s policy for the election.
Frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has fired an opening shot in one of the most electorally important issues for Bill Shorten at the ALP national conference – whether a Labor government should be allowed to turn back boats.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott listen to former MP Bruce Baird.
The moderates keep their voices low in the federal parliamentary Liberal party these days, outnumbered by those in the right.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Bill Shorten is facing a challenging winter recess.
The parliamentary budget session has ended with Tony Abbott having reason to feel a good deal more confident than Bill Shorten.
Connecting researchers to industry and investment is a great idea.
If we want to boost innovation in this country, we should emulate a scheme that has proven highly successful in the United States.
ABC managing director Mark Scott said that the ABC was ‘on the side of Australia’.
The government has ordered its own inquiry and Tony Abbott has declared "heads should roll" as the row over Q&A escalated after the program was rebroadcast.
Zaky Mallah’s inclusion on Q&A has received high criticism from members of the government.
Zaky Mallah, the former terrorism suspect at the centre of the Q&A storm, travelled to the studio in a free bus the program puts on to take audience members from Sydney's western suburbs
Tony Abbott has released the federalism discussion paper.
Allowing states to raise their own income tax and changing the way the GST is carved up are among options put in the government's discussion paper on reform of Australia's federation.