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Malcolm Turnbull was still trying to gain control of the gun issue in Question Time. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull walks right into Shorten’s gun-sight

The government has a new buzzword. In the partyroom on Tuesday Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce urged the troops to make the Coalition’s policies “tactile”. In less-fancy terminology, what they mean…
Malcolm Turnbull and Michaelia Cash provide the picture to go with the words about their legislation for a tough cop on the construction block. Lisa Martin/AAP

In search of authority, Turnbull can’t afford to lose the industrial relations bills

Dressed predictably if absurdly in a fluoro vest, with Employment Minister Michaelia Cash sporting matching gear, Malcolm Turnbull was out first thing on Wednesday spruiking his industrial relations legislation…
Malcolm Turnbull appears to have built his government’s electoral strategy on contesting a double-dissolution election. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Explainer: the road to a July 2 double-dissolution election

Australia’s 44th parliament may be coming to an end, but there will be plenty of political action before the 45th can start.
Under construction: it’s extremely hard to measure productivity in construction or any other sector. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Budget explainer: the problem with measuring productivity

Voters will hear a lot about productivity in the lead up to the budget. The key thing to remember is that it's a very rubbery concept, enormously tricky to measure and highly politicised.
Governor-General Peter Cosgrove addressed both houses of parliament in the Senate chamber. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull looks like a sprinter but is in a marathon

When the politicians arrived in Canberra for their special parliamentary session, it was obvious everyone wanted to do what was necessary for a July 2 election, and do it quickly. Instead of taking weeks…
The government argues its industrial relations bills are necessary to deal with widespread corruption uncovered by the trade union royal commission. AAP/Joel Carrett

Explainer: what are the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills?

To what extent would the ABCC and Registered Organisations bills actually deal with union corruption or criminality if passed?

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