The government is making frantic efforts to seal a deal on its school plan before parliament adjourns for the winter break.
Simon Birmingham met Catholic education representatives on Monday night, receiving such a haranguing that at times it was difficult for him to get a word in.
Peter Dutton says changes to citizenship legislation are a modernisation that would bring Australia in line with other countries.
The government has finally found an issue it can cast in terms of “national security” on which it can get a fight with Labor. Bill Shorten usually sticks leech-like to bipartisanship on anything with even…
The government is counting on a deal with the Greens or the support of most of the other Senate crossbenchers to pass its schools funding package.
Critics are expected to speak out in the partyroom on Tuesday, demanding more information about the effects of the schools package on the Catholic sector.
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.
Sarah Hanson-Young has come up against the pressure of the Australian Education Union.
Some Liberals love to deride Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. In the past, the government’s immigration minister and attack dog, Peter Dutton, was particularly insulting when she was spokeswoman in his…
Malcolm Turnbull’s Midwinter Ball speech parodying Donald Trump has received international attention.
But the debate about ethics is less important at the moment than the consideration of possible consequences of Turnbull's speech.
Coalition backbenchers have expressed several doubts over the Finkel scheme, most notably on affordability and whether it will include coal.
Turnbull takes heart from the widespread acceptance that things can’t stay as they are.
To implement an alternative that still effectively puts a price on emissions might – apart from its policy advantages – be seen by Malcolm Turnbull as righting the old wrong done to him by his party.
Politics podcast: Josh Frydenberg, George Christensen and Mark Butler on the Finkel review.
It's clear that reaching an outcome on energy policy which brings the certainty business needs to invest will be a hard slog for Malcolm Turnbull.
The Murri School is one of the few Indigenous owned and controlled schools in Australia.
Screenshot from YouTube video.
For the past 30 years, this Indigenous owned and controlled school has been quietly achieving results. Here's what the school board president says is behind their success.
Josh Frydenberg’s task of garnering broad support for the Finkel scheme is proving to be more difficult than expected.
The degree of pushback against a clean energy target was stronger than had been anticipated, given the intense lobbying of the backbench Josh Frydenberg had done ahead of the meeting.
English language tests will be used to decide Australian citizenship.
The English language test is an unfair barrier to anyone for whom English is not their mother tongue.
Seeking out a good education can sometimes take you away from what’s familiar.
If the government is to continue to spend millions toward sending Indigenous children away to boarding school, we need research into how effective this model is, and its impact on communities.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott.
Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
Both the government and the opposition will warn about terrorists exploiting cyberspace.
In a security update on the threats facing Australia at home and abroad, Malcolm Turnbull will say that an 'online civil society is as achievable as an offline one'.
Theresa May’s gamble on calling an early election has not paid off.
The stunning UK election result – a hung parliament – may be another sign of the rise of 'anti-politics', particularly among the young.
Federal and state leaders will convene as soon as practicable for a special COAG meeting on counter-terrorism.
States and territories have agreed to strengthen their laws to ensure a presumption against granting bail or parole when people had 'demonstrated support for, or have links to, terrorist activity'.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Malcolm Turnbull has changed his tone on terrorism to meet the pressures of an anxious Australia.
Radical Islamists will never overthrow Western democracies. What we're talking about is the effect the terrorist threat has on our wellbeing as a multicultural society, and on our politics.
Police speak with members of the public outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton, Melbourne, following the violent attack on Monday night.
As difficult as it is to concede, lone-actor, grievance-fuelled violence cannot be solved simply by tightening justice processes.