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‘It’s really an appalling story of lack of accountability [and] lack of oversight by this government’, says Michelle Grattan on the findings in the interim report from the aged care royal commission. Shutterstock

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the aged care royal commission report

Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Leigh Sullivan.
Failure to enshrine the ‘voice’ in the constitution means it would lack long-term security. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Ken Wyatt juggles identity and politics

As the first Indigenous federal cabinet minister, Ken Wyatt is widely respected in first peoples communities, but by the same token, the expectations on him are very high.
This week’s Essential poll showed 56% of voters would prioritise stimulating the Australian economy over getting back to budget surplus. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Ross Gittins on the government’s ‘surplus obsession’

Ross Gittins on the government’s “surplus obsession” The Conversation, CC BY29.3 MB (download)
As the Australian economy continues to struggle, many argue that stimulus is needed, urging the government to abandon its "surplus obsession".
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will make a “vision statement” on Tuesday, where he will emphasise manufacturing job opportunities flowing from the renewables expansion. AAP/Paul Miller

Low carbon economy can spur Australian “manufacturing boom”: Albanese

Labor leader Anthony Albanese will emphasise his party's pro-business stance in a speech on Tuesday, departing from Bill Shorten's criticism of the “top end of town”.
The first report produced by Democracy 2025 brings forward the perspective of federal politicians, as they are key voices in the debate on trust in politics. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: On the trust divide in politics

On the trust divide in politics. The Conversation, CC BY50 MB (download)
Two of the authors of the first Democracy 2025 report discuss the keys findings about what politicians see as faults in the current political system, and how they think it can be improved.
Albanese said the outcome was ‘a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor party’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

John Setka resigns from ALP, attacks Albanese

Setka's resignation is a significant victory for Albanese, who had a good deal of credibility invested after repeatedly saying the rogue unionist would be ousted from the party.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY33.7 MB (download)
Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
Only 1.1% of those surveyed wanted a greater proportion of students from overseas. Paul Miller/AAP

Australians split on the level of foreign students: ANUpoll

Foreign students have become a huge source of income for Australia in general and the universities in particular, but critics are concerned about pressures on the institutions and on standards.
McKenzie wrote to Hanson saying the code - which would inrease the negotiating power of milk producers - would be ready later this year, instead of next year as indicated earlier. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: Breaking Pauline Hanson’s ‘strike’ has taken skin off Bridget McKenzie

Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.

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