Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan discusses the week in politics with Michelle Grattan.
On two fronts now Morrison, who likes to be in control, is at the mercy of events he can't control: the drought, and the IMF's downgrading of Australia's growth outlook.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked Australians to pray for rain, but can God answer prayers? And if He can, should He?
Yes, Australia naturally cycles through dry and wet periods. But that doesn't mean we can simply build more dams and trust they'll be filled.
Alan Jones unleashed his well-known tactics of lecturing and insult as he accused Scott Morrison of failing the immediate needs of drought-striken farmers.
A report from The Australia Institute says at least 20 to 30 large private dams have been constructed in the Murray-Darling basin in recent years.
Many rural town water supplies cannot weather even a single year of drought. This is a failure of planning and funding on a grand scale.
Research shows water restrictions can mean well-off households have to cut down on leisure and luxury. For disadvantaged households, and particularly women, it is a different story.
We need to make sure well-meaning policy responses to drought don't do more harm than good.
Australian wildlife can generally cope with drought, but they're not prepared for the combination of people, introduced animals, and no water.