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On Thursday, Bill Shorten was in Western Sydney promising a limited night ‘no-fly zone’ when the planned Badgerys Creek airport comes into operation. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Who wins the biffo over the banks is politically important because this issue bites

When asked this week whether in retrospect she regretted the government trying to undo Labor's consumer protections, Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer denied it had happened.
Scott Morrison told a joint news conference with Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer that the banks would pay an additional $121 million to increase the resources of ASIC. Lukas Coch/AAP

Morrison warns banks not to pass on new ‘user-pays’ impost to finance ASIC reform

Scott Morrison has warned the banks not to pass on to customers the $120 million user-pays charge imposed on them to finance a strengthened Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten says public confidence in the banking sector has taken ‘hit after hit’ in recent years. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Labor pledges royal commission into bank behaviour

Bill Shorten has promised a Labor government would set up a royal commission into misconduct in the banking and financial services industry.
George Pell’s evidence, which implied that children’s complaints of abuse were widely disbelieved ‘back then’, overlooks the long history of successful prosecutions. AAP/Jeremy Piper

To believe or not to believe: child witnesses and the sex abuse royal commission

George Pell told the royal commission into child sex abuse the Catholic Church was predisposed not to believe children's complaints. But, when abuse was reported, police and the courts believed them.
Dyson Heydon prided himself throughout his judicial career on the robust independence and intellectual integrity he brought to the role. AAP/Renee Nowytarger

Bias and the ‘black-letter’ judge: who is Dyson Heydon?

How has a former judge with an avowed commitment to judicial independence and probity found himself at the centre of a very public controversy over his own impartiality?
An issue to emerge from the royal commission hearings is the inadequacy of existing law for dealing with institutions whose negligence made child sexual abuse possible. AAP/Royal Commission

When institutions let child sexual abuse happen, that should be a crime

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published a research paper that suggests organisations be held criminally responsible when their negligence results in harm to children.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten was forced to ask for his testimony to the royal commission on union corruption to be brought forward in the wake of media stories about union deals. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten’s purgatory puts Labor into limbo

Bill Shorten's July 8 appearance before the royal commission into union corruption is crucial for his credibility and has major implications for his leadership.
South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill surprised his federal Labor colleagues by announcing a Royal Commission on possibilities for the nuclear industry. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

South Australia’s broad-brush nuclear review is meant to sideline opponents

The terms of reference for South Australia's Royal Commission on the nuclear industry are intentionally broad, meaning that anti-nuclear advocates will have to choose carefully where they direct their efforts.
Victoria’s new Labor government has set up an Australian-first royal commission into family violence. AAP/Julian Smith

Explainer: Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence

It is difficult to capture just how important a royal commission with this focus is. For too long, family violence has taken, threatened and pervaded the lives of so many in the Victorian community.

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