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Former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop were cleared of wrongdoing in official review into their post-political employment, but will face a senate inquiry. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: Senate decides Pyne and Bishop have a few more parliamentary questions to answer

Former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop are among many who have accepted jobs post-office in breach of ministerial code of conduct - but they will face a senate inquiry.
Professor Megan Davis is an independent expert member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. AAP/RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution

Megan Davis on a First Nations Voice in the Constitution. The Conversation, CC BY31.4 MB (download)
Megan Davis says the idea of including an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution is being rejected on an understanding that "simply isn't true" but believes Australia has the "capacity to correct this".
It’s not just women who are the losers following the latest TGA announcement. People with all types of medical devices need better regulatory protection. from www.shutterstock.com

The TGA’s proposed breast implant ban exposes a litany of failures, and fails to protect women

The proposed Australian ban of some types of breast implants is too little, too late. It also reveals regulatory failures that need to be fixed if Australian consumers are to be protected.
The government’s proposal for a referendum will only happen if it can get consensus on the content of what would go into the constitution, and there’s a high probability of a favourable outcome. Dan Peled/AAP

Grattan on Friday: When it comes to Indigenous recognition, Ken Wyatt will have to close multiple gaps

It would be another miracle if the Morrison government managed to have a referendum passed to give Australia's Indigenous people constitutional recognition.
Ken Wyatt proposed plans for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians during this parliamentary term. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians

Ken Wyatt on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians The Conversation, CC BY27 MB (download)
Ken Wyatt says he is "optimistic about achieving [constitutional recognition] because...Australians will generally accept an opportunity to include Aboriginal people" and that he will work with "naysayers".
The Morrison government has begun seeking the counsel of Indigenous leaders on the best way forward on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians. AAP/The Conversation

The Morrison government proposes an Indigenous recognition referendum this term

Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, announced plans to hold a referendum to enshrine constitutional recognition of Australia's Indigenous peoples during this parliamentary term.
As the debate over religious freedom heats up, the attorney-general has flagged that any proposed legislation would cover a situation like the Folau case. Peter Rae/AAP

Poll reveals lukewarm public support for religious freedom legislation

Less than four in ten Australians believe stronger laws are needed to protect religious freedom in a new poll, but 68% say Israel Folau should be able to share his views on social media.
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law. Sam Mooy/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the 46th parliament’s first week, and Jacqui Lambie

After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: A kinder, gentler Senate - at least for now

The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Jacqui Lambie is the last vital vote for the Morrison government if Labor refuses to pass its tax package intact on Thursday. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Jacqui Lambie plays the Harradine game

"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
Father Frank Brennan sat on the expert panel of the Religious Freedom Review. Alan Porritt/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom

Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom. The Conversation, CC BY38.6 MB (download)
Member of the government's Religious Freedom Review, Frank Brennan, discusses the way forward on the "wicked problem" of ensuring religious freedoms in Australia.
Two Australian Federal Police officers walking out of the ABC Ultimo building after conducting a raid. David Gray/AAP

Morrison and Albanese to discuss inquiry into press freedom

Labor is proposing establishing a new parliamentary committee to look into press freedom; one that will deal with whistle blowers and have crossbench representation.

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