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…
A day after moving to the crossbench, Cory Bernardi is feeling the heat. The media, former Liberal colleagues and South Australian voters all have a view on his defection.
At the beginning of the parliamentary year, the government is beleaguered on several fronts. But Arthur Sinodinos is determined to be optimistic.
Cory Bernardi rejected allegations that he had betrayed the South Australians who had supported him as a Liberal at the election.
Cory Bernardi says he aims to provide the many disillusioned conservative voters with 'a principled, credible and stable alternative in which they can vest their vote'.
Cory Bernardi’s departure to the crossbench is not a surprise.
When maverick Liberal National Party backbencher George Christensen opens his mouth it’s usually bad news for the government. But on Monday, his comments were a relief to it. Christensen said he would…
The Turnbull government got no clear air over the summer break.
With parliament resuming this week, the first Newspoll of 2017 has the government trailing Labor 46-54% on the two-party vote and the Coalition's primary vote falling four points to 35%.
Australia expects the Americans to play hardball, despite agreeing to uphold the refugee deal struck with former President Obama.
Joe Hockey has met Donald Trump's chief-of-staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon at the White House.
Malcolm Turnbull responded to the Washington Post story at a glass factory in Melbourne’s south on Thursday.
Malcolm Turnbull should walk away from the deal he struck for the US to take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.