“You won’t find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better political mate, than Australia,” said Morrison.
Amid the glamour and glitter and the mutually admiring exchanges between Donald Trump and Morrison, China and Iran were the central policy issues of interest during the PM's Washington trip.
“This review…is really just a bone to Pauline Hanson. The government needs her vote in the senate,” says Michelle Grattan on the controversial appointment of Hanson as deputy chair of the committee.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
Hanson, who thinks men get a bad deal in the system, will be deputy of the new family law inquiry.
As the government starts its work on workplace change, it gave Pauline Hanson a win, for past and future favours, making her deputy chair of a joint parliamentary committee into the family law system.
John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks.
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Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
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Opposition leader Anthony Albanese appears to be distancing himself from his predecessor Bill Shorten with his pro-business rhetoric.
Arthur Sinodinos: “One of the dangerous trends has been that the media itself has become a battleground”.
As he leaves to take up his new post as Ambassador to the United States, Arthur Sinodinos warns that the Australian media landscape is becoming increasingly partisan.
Sinodinos warns about dangers for democracy and science posed by a polarised media.
Arthur Sinodinos with some reflections and advice
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As Arthur Sinodinos prepares to leave the Senate for his new role as Australian ambassador to the US, he sits with Michelle Grattan to reflect on his time in politics.
“We’d be mad not to learn the lessons” of the election result, said Chalmers on Labor’s way ahead.
Jim Chalmers on the need to change economic course.
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In this podcast, Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers argues the government can have both a more stimulatory policy and a surplus going forward.
Ben Morton wants big business to forget “activist” issues and do more to sell the government’s agenda.
After an extraordinary speech, Ben Morton would do well to remember that big business is not - and should not be - the corporate wing of the Liberal Party.
Liberal MP Gladys Liu has beeb the centre of much heated debate in federal politics this week.
Another stormy week in federal parliament has seen debate around Gladys Liu's alleged links to China and the ethics of the government's push to drug-test Newstart recipients.
Australia’s Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission found 45 of Bupa’s 72 nursing homes failed health and safety standards. In 22 homes the health and safety of residents was deemed at ‘serious risk’.
The failure of regulators to take decisive action against errant companies is an unintended consequence of the design of 'responsive regulation'.
There are legitimate questions about Liu’s past connections to associations with direct or indirect links with the Chinese Communist Party.
Liu's disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
Liu won the marginal seat of Chisholm at the May election, making history as the first female Chinese-Australian MP.
Following a politically disastrous interview, Liberal MP Gladys Liu has issued a statement strongly proclaiming her loyalty to Australia and her support for the government's policy on China.
Helen Haines (centre-right) made history at the election as the first federal independent to succeed another independent.
Independent MP Helen Haines on using ‘soft power’
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Helen Haines, who does not have the real legislative power her predecessor, Cathy McGowan shared after the Coalition fell into minority government, says "building relationships is key to getting things done".
Christian Porter announced details of the legislation last week, saying 28% of child sex offenders convicted of federal offences in 2018-19 served no jail time.
Moderate Liberal Russell Broadbent, says mandatory sentencing interferes with separation of powers, and removes the option for judges to take particular circumstances of cases into account.
Delivering the Parliamentary Library Lecture on Tuesday, Podger said the incentives for senior public servants had changed, and this had affected the way they acted.
The former public service commissioner said the relationship between ministers and the Australian public service has transformed from a partnership to one more like “master-servant”.
Butler painted the May 2019 defeat darkly, calling on Labor to “not sugar coat the result”.
Former national president of the ALP Mark Butler called for a root and branch overhaul of policy on Monday, in sharp contrast with the current ALP president, Wayne Swan.
Henderson beat Greg Mirabella 234 to 197 after other runners were eliminated.
After losing her marginal seat of Corangamite at the election, Sarah Henderson is set to return to parliament after winning preselection for a Victorian Senate vacancy.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg released the National accounts figures for the June 2019 quarter, earlier this week.
Michelle Grattan discusses the slowing economy, and the response to Channel 9's decision to host a fundraiser for the Liberal party.
Nine’s fundraiser for the Liberal party left journalists appalled, as they should have been.
While the Liberal party reaped mega dollars at Nine's Monday fundraiser, Nine and its chief executive faced a backlash from staff at the company's recently acquired former Fairfax newspapers.