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The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election. Rob Blakers/AAP

Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
In his letter Shorten said he noted that “government has agreed to some important legislative changes” arising from the commission. Rob Blakers/AAP

Shorten: we should legislate on Hayne recommendations before election

In a letter to Morrison, Shorten said both houses should be recalled on March 5-7 and March 12-14. The sitting calendar has only 10 sitting days before the election.
The goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician is to “stay on message”. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The vomit principle, the dead bat, the freeze: how political spin doctors’ tactics aim to shape the news

Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.
Today, experts reveal the tips and tricks spin doctors use to shape the political messages you’re hearing every day - especially during election campaigns. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Trust Me, I’m An Expert: how to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season

How to spot the work of a political spin doctor this election season. The Conversation, CC BY77.6 MB (download)
There’s a small army of spin doctors behind the scenes of an election campaign, finessing every utterance so it fits with the overall strategy. Today's episode is all about the art of political spin.
The government in general remains in bad shape on multiple fronts, and. Scott Morrison often sounds desperate. Dave Hunt/AAP

Grattan on Friday: What Labor has to fear is the Big Scare

Though it is generally believed a minor miracle would be needed to rescue the Morrison government, the Coalition judges the best way to “save furniture” is to wave the fear flags.
The plan will be backed by the April 2 budget and other announcements. in coming months, Morrison says. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison commits to 1.25 million new jobs over five years

In a major economic address in Brisbane on Tuesday, Morrison will point out that at the coming election only half of those of voting age will have been through a recession in their working lives.
Josh Frydenberg holds his seat by a high margin, but has a determined challenger. Joel Carrett/AAP

View from The Hill: Independent push against Frydenberg

The former head of the government's Clean Energy Finance Corporation is expected to run against Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the heartland Liberal seat of Kooyong.
Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion has announced he’s retiring at the next election. AAP/Lukas Coch

Two more Morrison ministers head for the door

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan, have announced they will leave politics at this year's election.
Two heroes of the Thai cave rescue, Craig Challen and Richard Harris, are joint Australian of the Year for 2019. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Cave rescue heroes share Australian of the Year

A retired vet and an anaesthetist from Western Australia share the honour for 2019 after they used their medical and cave-diving skills to rescue 12 boys and their coach from a Thai cave in 2018.
In his speech Frydenberg repeats Scott Morrison’s warning that storm clouds hang over the global economy. Alex Murray/AAP

Frydenberg warns of economic waves ahead

As it approaches the election, the government's economic pitch on its record is being linked to the argument that the Coalition is the best manager in uncertain times.

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