As the curtain falls on the year, one of the most powerful players in the new parliament looks back on his successes.
Scott Morrison said the quarter’s weakness was broad based but the dominant cause of the contraction was the decline of 3.2% in new business investment.
After the national accounts showed the economy going backwards in the September quarter, Scott Morrison called for "partners" in the parliament to drive the government's economic plan through.
Politicians need to invest in teachers to improve education standards.
Politicians need to stop meddling with education policy and invest in teachers if Australia's science, mathematics and reading standards are to improve.
Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday night there would not be an emissions intensity scheme under a Turnbull government.
The Turnbull government has slammed the door shut on an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector, in a demonstration of the power of the conservative forces in the Coalition.
Pauline Hanson was furious last week after Rod Culleton broke ranks with One Nation over the backpacker tax.
Pauline Hanson has unleashed a new attack on her rebel senator Rod Culleton, declaring that things had 'gone to his head'.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
In the final fortnight of the parliament for the year the government clinched some deals on major pieces of legislation.
The focus groups found voters are picking up strongly on divisions within the government, and believe his party is constraining Malcolm Turnbull.
It's no wonder Malcolm Turnbull has been desperate in parliament's final fortnight of 2016 to get some legislative wins.
The Greens have secure $100 million for Landcare, in exchange for its support on the 15% backpacker tax rate.
The backpacker tax deadlock has been broken with a deal between the government and the Greens for a 15% rate that will be lower in effective terms because backpackers will keep extra superannuation.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work.
Malcolm Turnbull didn’t actually trade his first-born this week but it felt like it might come to that. In a whatever-it-takes frame of mind, the government conceded a great deal to get its legislation…
After ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, the government is looking ahead to its 2017 review of climate change policy.
Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann congratulate Employment Minister Michaelia Cash after the ABCC bill passed the Senate.
The Turnbull government has finally passed its signature legislation to restore a tough watchdog in the construction industry.
Nick Xenophon had previously said he would not vote on the ABCC legislation until the water issue was settled.
Malcolm Turnbull has promised key crossbencher Nick Xenophon closer monitoring of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee.
George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
What George Brandis did or did not tell Justin Gleeson is at the heart of a major political row embroiling him and the federal and WA governments.
Attorney-General George Brandis has declined to say whether he told the then-solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, not to run a particular argument in a High Court case.
Pauline Hanson put forward the compromise backpacker tax rate of 15%.
The government has made another retreat on its backpacker tax, dropping its proposed rate from 19% to 15% in a deal that will get through the Senate crossbench.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers.
Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
Tony Abbott said the Coalition needed to sharpen the differences with Labor rather than try to minimise them.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has taken a swipe at Malcolm Turnbull's 'innovation' narrative and called for 'another big push' on repairing the budget.
This event wasn’t unprecedented, and we could’ve seen it coming.
The recent severe thunderstorm in Melbourne caused hospitals across the city to be put on emergency alert as thousands of people called ambulance services, reporting severe breathing difficulties.
A new phonics test won’t help us understand what the problems are. We need solutions.
Being able to sound out letters in words doesn’t mean you can understand them. There is no clear evidence that a new phonics screening test for children in Year 1 will help improve reading levels.