Morrison has trouble keeping his backbenchers in line, as they rebel on issues like superannuation and Newstart.
This week, Morrison told his backbench to keep their opinions in line or internal, appointed a man he's personally close to as his new head of the Prime Minister's department, and put the public service in its place.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators.
The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Jacqui Lambie makes a deal in “good faith” - forgiveness of Tasmania’s housing debt in return for support of the government’s tax package.
The government's election centrepiece – its $158 billion, three-stage tax package – is set to pass into law, as the key vote of crossbencher Senator Jacqui Lambie is confirmed.
The proposed 3 stage tax plan will cost $158 billion.
The government's proposed income tax cut plan has put Labor into a bind and Pauline Hanson into a hissy fit.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
This is one more setback for Cormann, who has seen his reputation.
badly dented in the last few months.
It's reasonable to take Cormann at his word about missing that the change hadn't been processed. Even accepting this, however, the affair looks bad for Cormann, who failed the “Caesar's wife” test.
Cormann threw himself under the blame bus on Tuesday, but actually he’d tried earlier to stop the government being run over by the Hanson truck.
One would think ministerial staff would be particularly alert to Hanson motions, and think very carefully before concluding she was doing something as unlikely as putting forward an anti-racist one.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann.
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Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said corporate tax cuts in the US had led to 'stronger investment, stronger growth, a lower unemployment rate and higher wages'. Let's take a closer look.
The Senate defeat ends months of wrangling by Senate leader Mathias Cormann to get the tax measure through.
As speculation mounts there will be another leadership challenge sooner rather than later, the government has finally lost its bid to award tax cuts to big companies.
need more time to make our argument to our colleagues on the
In announcing the retreat, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann reaffirmed that the government remained committed to the cuts, and cast the July 28 byelections as a referendum on them.
Greg Hunt’s temperament is of the “street-angel, house-devil” type.
The voters are like sniffer dogs when it comes to character – if that hadn't been the case Mark Latham might have won the 2004 election.
When Tim Storer was sworn in he was escorted by the government and opposition Senate leaders.
Tim Storer has one hell of a decision to make shortly after the May budget, when the government plans to bring back its legislation to give tax cuts to big business.
Tim Storer will be subjected to intense lobbying between now and budget week.
The government's company tax cut for big business has received a further blow.
Mathias Cormann said the government intended to bring the legislation back to the Senate in the budget session.
The government has been forced to put off a vote on its tax cut for big business.
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Barnaby Joyce’s departure to the backbench obviously brings immediate relief for the government and the Nationals.
Barnaby Joyce, the larger-than-life politician, has always been a distinctive brand. But then his personal flaws and indulgences cost him all he'd worked and schemed for.
Mathias Cormann is taking full advantage of this rare moment as acting prime minister.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
Barnaby Joyce will be on leave for a week from Monday.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Slightly more optimistic economic figures gives Scott Morrison and the Turnbull government a boost heading into 2018, as the charts explain.
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Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
Fewer government welfare recipients due to higher than expected employment growth provides a slightly stronger budget outlook for the Turnbull government as they head into 2018.
The improvements in the government's debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.