Morrison himself has built expectations of action on religious freedom.
This debate will divide and discredit the Liberals unless it can be shut down quickly. Within the party it will split the moderates from the right, and cause division within the right too.
The government's majority is at stake in the October 20 Wentworth byelection, when the Liberals face voters still reeling from the loss of their member Malcolm Turnbull.
Alan Jones’ media bosses need to set some standards and the politicians who listen to him need to show some spine.
The furore over whether the Sydney Opera House should be used as a billboard is one thing, but the bigger issue is Alan Jones' bullying behaviour and the NSW government caving in to it,
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Tan takes up his position on Monday.
Malaysian-born Tan, from Victoria, who has most recently been Director of Multicultural Engagement at Swinburne University of Technology, replaces Tim Soutphommasane, who in August completed his term.
Whether Morrison would be at his strongest in March or May is a moot point.
The Morrison and Berejiklian governments might be of the same stripe but, with both facing elections in the first half of 2019, their interests rub up against each other uncomfortably.
McManus says the present industrial relations system has “excessive, unnecessary and sometimes confusing rules” that hamper parties reaching agreement.
There are 750,000 fewer workers under enterprise agreements now than when the Coalition was elected, McManus says in her speech to the John Curtin Research Centre.
With education an election battleground, Shorten is linking a new initiative on early childhood learning to the opposition’s broader schools policy.
The policy would create “a quality, two year program that boosts development in the most important years of a child's development – an investment of an additional $1.75 billion into early education."
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the legislation would be introduced in the next parliamentary sitting week.
NSW Liberal Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said after the meeting that “all states and territories put forward the strong view” the bill must include this.
Clare O'Neil on Labor’s listening tour for banking victims.
Shadow minister for financial services Clare O'Neil says the ALP exercise will give a voice to people in areas the Royal Commission hasn't had time to visit.
The Labor party has announced roundtables in cities and towns that haven’t been visited by the banking royal commission.
Shorten's extra royal commission hearings and legislating the GST carve-up.
If cyclist-friendly cities like Copenhagen can offer abundant and conveniently sited parking space for bikes, why not Australian cities?
If cities had backed their active transport goals with investment in adequate cycling infrastructure we might not be having the arguments about dockless bikes 'littering' public space.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a separate day to celebrate Indigenous Australians.
It was a week that saw the ABC's managing director and the chair of its board go, with many questions still to be answered; meanwhile Scott Morrison gave the ongoing controversy over Australia Day a new lease of life.
Surgeons and dentists cost more, but drugs are getting cheaper.
New figures show we are spending less on health than we used to but it mightn't last, and surgeons and dentists are charging more.
It has been a turbulent week for the ABC, with questions still to be answered, particularly by the board.
After a dramatic week at the ABC that sees them without a permanent managing director nor a chair, there remain serious questions about government interference and the broadcaster's independence.
Before Milne’s announcement Communications Minister Mitch Fifield.
conspicuously failed to back him when addressing reporters.
According to the report, Milne had said that if Guthrie didn't fire Probyn, she would be jeopardising half a billion dollars in funding for the proposed Jetstream infrastructure project.
In a text message exchange with ABC radio presenter Rafael Epstein, Mr Milne said “yes” when asked if he intended to remain in the role.
The ABC affair – which began with the sacking of Guthrie - spun out of control on Wednesday, following the leaking to Fairfax Media of a highly damaging email, showing Milne's editorial interference.
Brendan O'Connor on Labor’s industrial relations agenda
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O'Connor says Labor remains totally opposed to the government's Ensuring Integrity legislation, which the Coalition wants to resurrect. "I can't see this bill in any way being salvageable."
Anyone can buy a hidden camera but the laws surrounding their use are much more complicated.
Some family members of aged care residents have resorted to hidden cameras to detect abuse and protect loved ones. But it's legally murky and erodes the privacy of the resident, staff and visitors.
Estimates out, but happy. Mathias Cormann and Josh Frydenberg announce the smallest deficit in a decade.
The budget outcome for 2017-18 shows a deficit of A$10.1 billion – dramatically less than expected in May, and just 0.6% of GDP. In this year’s May budget, a mere four months ago, the outcome for the last…