Michelle Grattan speaks to University of Canberra's Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud rejected the Shorten call for a suspension.
Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
In light of what is coming out the government should be ashamed of its past performance.
Just why the government was so keen to shield an industry where wrongdoing had been obvious is not entirely clear.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has set up a review of the trade during the northern summer.
Wood's call follows NSW Liberal and former health minister Sussan Ley declaring the trade should cease.
An angry Morrison tried to rein in expectations after McCormack boasted about a budget of goodies.
From Morrison's point of view, McCormack's imagery was totally out of whack with his desired framing. Even within the Nationals there is some criticism of the leader for being inept.
NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow will present an upbeat account of the network’s impact in a speech on Tuesday.
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Fifield said that no matter who was the responsible party, the complaints figures were too high. "The current model for protecting consumers needs reform".
Former drug and alcohol doctor Di Natale says the ‘tough on drugs’ approach causes enormous harm.
Dealing with cannabis is basically a state matter but the Greens propose an Australian Cannabis Agency be set up to bring together state and territory governments, experts and regulators.
In his role overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders, Campbell was known for his tight lips in face of questions, often ruling them out as “on water” matters.
Campbell replaces the present chief, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, 58, who will retire from the ADF.
Sara Netanyahu asked Lucy Turnbull to help and remedy the live export situation.
On Friday the Agriculture department announced it had suspended the supply of sheep to a Qatar abattoir after seeing footage provided by Animals Australia.
To enhance the opportunities for children, we need to ensure we have vibrant and valued rural communities with a strong social and economic future.
A government review of regional, rural and remote education tells us we need to recognise the uniqueness of and understand successes in these communities to improve outcomes for these students.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tours the La Trobe valley at the end of the week of the much-discussed 30th negative Newspoll.
The Coalition reels from its 30th consecutive Newspoll loss, while Australia's relationship with China comes under pressure.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Clive Hamilton and Richard Rigby on Chinese influence in Australia.
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The Australia-China relationship is again in the headlines, with reports of strains between the two countries, resulting in federal ministers who want to visit finding it hard to get visas.
Australia’s sheep trade is worth $250 million annually and involves about two million sheep.
It doesn't need a review to tell you that for the sheep these voyages - even when they go better than this one did - are hell, whatever "standards" are imposed.
Australian governments have too often succumbed to perceived community pressure to limit parole authorities’ independence and powers.
Government and judicial interventions into the decisions of parole boards display a progressive loss of faith in these independent bodies.
Queensland’s Ministerial Code now bans Ministers from using private email and messaging apps.
The ban on Queensland Members of Parliament using encrypted messaging apps for government business should be accompanied by a willingness to strengthen official accountability across the board.
Kurt Fearnley carrying the baton ahead of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
New Queensland trains and the treatment of athletes on planes show progress on disability discrimination hasn't extended beyond the Games.
Turnbull and his ministers confronted the bad poll day head on.
With the fateful 30th Newspoll finally out there, the government on Monday descended into an orgy of destructive self-indulgence.
“pollie pedalling” in the Latrobe Valley, making sure he is best placed to exploit Turnbull’s pain over the Newspoll and his difficulty with the energy issue.
The Coalition trails 48-52%, compared with 47-53% a fortnight ago. The Australian reports it is only the second time since April last year that the government has come
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing the prospect of the benchmark 30-straight Newspoll losses next week.
Another tumultuous week in politics saw the appearance of the "Monash Forum", more speculation about the 30th Newspoll and the Greens proposing a people's bank.
Tony Abbott will be cycling through the Latrobe valley when the 30th Newspoll is released on Monday.
Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.