‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The review will be led by Michael Lavarch - who was attorney-general in the Keating government - and will be in two stages.
Jodi McKay and Anthony Albanese have announced an inquiry into the head office of the NSW ALP, following shocking revelations about scandals in the handling of donations.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia's responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply.
The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It's also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
‘I may be worried about nothing if the Democratic primary process does its job of whittling down the agenda to something more manageable,’ wrote Swan.
Writing in the American progressive journal Democracy, Swan, a former treasurer, warned that the US Democrats could be at risk of the overloaded agenda trap that helped defeat the ALP in May.
The Coalition has been promoting its $7 billion drought relief package, but critics say what’s needed is a more effective national drought policy.
Australia's initial drought policy was plagued with problems and gutted in 2009. Since then, there has been no further attempt at developing a comprehensive national approach to the problem.
Butler rejected Fitzgibbon’s proposal saying the government’s target ‘is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris agreement’.
Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor's climate change target into line with the government's immediately torpedoed by the party's climate spokesman Mark Butler.
Greta Thunberg’s fiery oration has prompted outrage, but even if you agree with her you might still be ignoring her message.
It's easy to spot outright rejection of the facts on climate change. But it's far harder to see our own biases and excuses that lead us to delay or deny the need for real action.
The Morrison win doesn’t mean the issue of climate change lacks cut through, or won’t have potency in the future.
Sometimes birthdays are best let pass quietly. The Liberals are finding the 75th anniversary of their founding another unfortunate occasion for the blood sport they thought they'd put behind them.
A senior water researcher at the institute said politicians don’t want to talk about private dams because “they do nothing for drought-stricken communities”.
A report from The Australia Institute says at least 20 to 30 large private dams have been constructed in the Murray-Darling basin in recent years.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison needs to inject a little more subtlety into his pronouncements - and keep a lid on the frustrations.
The prime minister's recent appearances at home and abroad suggest he is tracking to the right, and the lack of nuance in the positions he takes is worrying.
“I think Australia has absolutely nothing to hide but cooperation will bring a cost”, says Michelle Grattan on the government cooperating with the inquiry into the Mueller inquiry.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the consequences of the controversial phone call between Morrison and Trump as revealed by the New York Times.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison.
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Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
Lambie, everyone says, is “keeping her cards close to her chest”.
The government would be willing to put a feast on the table to get a win on the medevac repeal, but this is a piece of legislation on which Lambie should not contemplate any deals.
Some of Watts’ ancestors were deeply rooted in the old attitudes of “white Australia”, while his wife is from Hong Kong, and his children Eurasian-Australian.
Tim Watts on Australia’s changing identity.
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Tim Watts joins Michelle Grattan to discuss his new book, The Golden Country, in which he reconciles his family's past and present, and explores the question of what it means to be Australian.
Though the call between Trump and Morrison does not indicate any Australian government wrongdoing, it shows how the PM’s bromance with the president brings its political embarrassments.
Last week the PM got himself caught up in a Trump-created political rally. Now he's on the spot over this (typical) Trump call.
“I have previously said that I would be seriously disinclined to approve prosecutions of journalists except in the most exceptional circumstances,” said Attorney-General Christian Porter.
As the battle over press freedom continues, the Attorney-General has ordered that any prosecution of a journalist for offences related to national security must have his approval.
The inquiry will asked to examine how well super supports Australians in retirement.
The government has announced very broad terms of reference for its inquiry into Australia’s retirement income system, which will trigger fresh debate about the planned future rises in the superannuation…
Donald Trump and Scott Morrison at the opening of billionaire Anthony Pratt’s paper factory Ohio, which looked like a rally for Trump.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the big stories in politics this week.
A conservative who won an unexpected election victory, the knockabout Morrison ticks the boxes for Trump.
During his week in the United States, the PM tied himself to Trump to a remarkable degree. Though, the Washington days were better than later appearances, which saw Morrison open the China debate.