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Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull is happy to horse trade if it gets the nags over the line

Malcolm Turnbull didn’t actually trade his first-born this week but it felt like it might come to that. In a whatever-it-takes frame of mind, the government conceded a great deal to get its legislation…
Nick Xenophon had previously said he would not vote on the ABCC legislation until the water issue was settled. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull’s water gesture satisfies Xenophon

Malcolm Turnbull has promised key crossbencher Nick Xenophon closer monitoring of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
Malcolm Turnbull goes into this final parliamentary week of the year in need of compromises on both the ABCC legislation and the tax rate for backpackers. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull takes charge on water in bid to get ABCC deal

Malcolm Turnbull has assumed responsibility personally for negotiating with key crossbencher Nick Xenophon over water.
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.

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