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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to elevate Mal Brough to the ministry threatened to come at a high cost this week. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Brough’s baggage creates mess for Malcolm

Malcolm Turnbull, having briefly touched home base, is back on the summit round, leaving behind a rather messy and smelly little scandal, the first to hit his ministry.
Mal Brough faced questions from Labor in parliament about his involvement in asking James Ashby to obtain copies of Peter Slipper’s diaries. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor zooms in on Mal Brough

The opposition has targeted Special Minister of State Mal Brough, whose home last week was raided by the Australian Federal Police in relation to the disclosure of Peter Slipper's diaries.
Former speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of misusing Cabcharges. AAP/Lukas Coch

Slipper found guilty over trips to wineries

Former Speaker Peter Slipper has been found guilty of dishonestly misusing his parliamentary entitlements in charging the…
The Daily Telegraph gave extraordinary prominence to the allegations against former speaker Peter Slipper, then relegated the dismissal of the case to page 17.

Is press freedom a licence for unfair and unbalanced coverage?

The Sydney Daily Telegraph’s reaction to an Australian Press Council ruling that it breached the council’s “fairness and balance” principle raises concerns about the council’s relationship with the big…
Former speaker Peter Slipper is virtually no chance to retain his Queensland seat of Fisher after a highly controversial last term in office. AAP/Dave Hunt

The ghost of Peter Slipper will still haunt Fisher

A number of seats in Queensland may go a long way to deciding the outcome of the federal election. However, it is doubtful that the seat of Fisher, located in the southern part of the Sunshine Coast, will…
Prime Minister Julia Gillard in parliament - has the Slipper resignation cost her political momentum? AAP/Alan Porritt

Sinking the Slipper: Labor is its own worst enemy

The Gillard government could have been forgiven for believing an electoral renaissance was underway. But just as it appeared the prime minister was going to cruise to the end of the year, the government…
The pressure continues to intensify on embattled MP Craig Thomson. AAP/Lukas Coch

FWA urges civil suit against Thomson: experts respond

Fair Work Australia (FWA) has recommended civil court action be taken against MP and former Health Services Union (HSU) national…
Accusations against Peter Slipper have prompted him to step aside as speaker. AAP Image/Penny Bradfield

Slipper saga begs the question – do we need a speaker at all?

Speaker of the House of Representatives Peter Slipper has stepped aside following allegations of sexual harassment and the misuse of cab-charge vouchers. Slipper’s former adviser James Ashby accused the…
Peter Slipper made an impact in his first day as Speaker.

Speaker Slipper slips in as Gillard claims a tactical victory

The dramatic surprise resignation of Harry Jenkins as Speaker, on what was meant to be the final sitting day of the year for the House of Representatives (coincidentally also the fourth anniversary of…

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