In an ironic twist, Bill Shorten when employment minister paved the way for the Fair Work Commission decision.
The latest reflection on just how appalling things are in federal politics came this week from former Treasury head Ken Henry.
As politicians debate the causes of South Australia's power failures, separating fact from rhetoric has become difficult.
ACTU president Ged Kearney called on Malcolm Turnbull ‘to stand up for workers in this country, to actually change the laws to protect people’s pay’.
Hospitality, fast food, retail and pharmacy workers stand to lose thousands of dollars per year after the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut penalty rates on Sundays and public holidays.
Bill Shorten will say that without confidence in the policy environment, investors would never put up the billions of dollars required for energy projects.
Australia could be the 'energy capital of Asia' but instead it is going backwards, Bill Shorten will say in a speech on Thursday.
Peter Dutton predicted the first offshore refugees would move to the US in the next couple of months.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s explicit linking of the arrangements to send Australia’s offshore refugees to the US and to accept some from Costa Rica presents not just an immediate credibility problem…
Malcolm Turnbull has continued his attack on the energy situation in South Australia, with its high reliance on renewables.
A series of questions by Essential on energy policy has found the Turnbull government is so far failing to persuade people of either its performance or its arguments on energy security.
Scott Morrison is headstrong – a quality that has marked his career, including before he was an MP.
Less than three months from his second budget, Treasurer Scott Morrison is not in a happy place. The last week has been a disaster for him, culminating in the exit of his strategy and communications director…
The government was this week caught off-guard by a decision from the Nick Xenophon Team to reject the omnibus bill.
For Nick Xenophon, the past few days have brought home just how difficult things can become when you hold a great deal of crossbench power.
The trenchant stand that Nick Xenophon – who is usually a compromiser – and his team took this week against the omnibus bill saw a disconcerted government resort to a risky tactic.
Labor's edge over the government in the polls has seen the party stay united. But it has not stopped speculation about whether frontbencher Anthony Albanese would be a better leader of the party.
Celebrating his one-year anniversary of becoming National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce is well aware of the challenge posed by One Nation.
Scott Morrison’s move to create a mega ‘omnibus bill’ alienated the Nick Xenophon Team.
Within the Turnbull government there is gnashing of teeth in the wake of the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) giving the thumbs down to the omnibus bill. This bill includes the childcare reform package and trade-off…
Malcolm Turnbull recommitted to seeking to change the constitution to recognise the First Australians in it.
Australia is falling short in its progress towards almost all its targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, the 2017 Closing the Gap report shows.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the eve of the release of the Close the Gap report.
Kevin Rudd called for more to be done to halt the increasing number of Indigenous children being removed from their families.
Malcolm Turnbull has raised the prospect of new ‘clean coal’ generators – despite the fact investors don’t want to go into coal.
Whether it’s the awkward politics of preferences for One Nation or the extremely complex policy conundrum of improving Australia’s energy security, the Turnbull government’s default position is to attack…
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with a lump of coal during Question Time.
Eighteen groups have issued a plea for political leaders to 'stop partisan antics' and work together to achieve energy reform.
Federally, the Liberals are running the line that Pauline Hanson and her party are different these days.
The decision by the Western Australian Liberals to do a preference deal with One Nation will bring some ripples for Malcolm Turnbull.
The government has shown no interest in Tony Abbott’s idea, which on the past record of referendums would almost certainly fail.
Tony Abbott's proposal for a constitutional change to make it easier for a government to pass legislation blocked by the Senate does not have support in his own electorate, according to polling.
At the election, Malcolm Turnbull resisted running a tough negative campaign focusing on Bill Shorten.
Remember that large sinkhole that appeared this week in Point Piper, the suburb of Malcolm Turnbull's harbourside mansion?
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech in Question Time on Wednesday was notable for its sheer quantity of sustained abuse.
After Malcolm Turnbull called Bill Shorten a “social-climbing sycophant”, a “parasite”, and a “hypocrite” in parliament on Wednesday, Liberal Party director Tony Nutt tweeted a link, so people could watch…