A leaked recording of Christopher Pyne boasting of the success of the Liberal moderates threatens to further divide the party.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe Christopher Pyne is actually a politician, let alone a cabinet minister. Often he seems a Peter Pan figure who treats federal politics like it was a university campus. To…
On energy security, there is a distinctly ‘big government’ approach by Malcolm Turnbull.
As it attempts to limit vulnerabilities and confront pressing issues, the government is sending some confusing signals to the electorate.
The bid to keep the lights on is prompting ever more government meddling in electricity markets.
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Proposals for the government to commission more "baseload" electricity generation will raise private sector concerns over Canberra's growing willingness to intervene in a previously free market.
The new anti-terror laws COAG has proposed for Australia go far beyond those in the UK.
Proposed new laws will restrict parole and bail to those merely associated in some way with terrorism, even when they have not be arrested for – or convicted of – a specific terrorism offence.
Labor has been steadfast in its opposition to the government’s school funding plan.
Malcolm Turnbull is on the brink of a major policy victory after the government mustered ten of the 12 non-Green crossbenchers behind its Gonski 2.0 policy. The outcome of a week of intense negotiation…
Donald Trump’s poor popularity has affected the level of trust Australians have in the US, but not their level of faith in the alliance.
Only 20% trust the US 'a great deal' to act responsibly. This is a big fall from the 40% level in 2011, when the question was last asked.
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…
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.
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'.
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.
The University of Canberra's Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Australia’s cybersecurity strategy needs some work.
The Australian government's cybersecurity report card is out and the results are worrying.
Delegates arrive ahead of the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue. World leaders will again converge on the Singaporean hotel this weekend for the 2017 meeting.
For the first time in the dialogue’s 15 year history, the country most are puzzled about is not China.
Russell Broadbent has taken a stand on the way aged care places are allocated.
Russell Broadbent said on Wednesday that the message being sent was that 'little people don't count' and 'my resignations were to make the point that they do'.
Malcolm Turnbull’s protector on the conservative flank of the party, Peter Dutton, is the target of a new GetUp campaign.
If Peter Dutton lost his seat it would be a major blow to the conservative wing of the Liberal Party.