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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. Mick Tskias/AAP

View from The Hill: How the government’s plan to oppose Hanson’s motion became a vote to support it

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.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, arrives in the East Room of the White House, July 9, 2018. AP/Alex Brandon

Does a man’s social class have anything to do with the likelihood he’ll commit sexual assault?

Brett Kavanaugh presented himself as a good and reputable man in his recent Senate hearing. But a man's social status and education tell us nothing about whether he's likely to commit sexual assault.
Liberal women such as those in the Morrison ministry, pictured here, should organise to achieve structural change - the only kind that ever sticks. AAP/Lukas Coch

Quotas are not pretty but they work – Liberal women should insist on them

The Liberal Party is at a crossroad in its history. It must take bold steps to ensure better representation in its ranks by introducing gender quotas.
Trump with the men who would replace him – Vice President Mike Pence on the left and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the left. Win McNamee/AP Pool

Why Trump hasn’t been impeached – and likely won’t be

The president won't be removed from office until Republicans in the House decide to support the idea – or the midterms hand the Democrats more seats.
Mathias Cormann won Senate support for a motion for the bill when it is returned on Thursday to be voted on without further debate. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government set to call Senate’s bluff on income tax bill

The Senate on Thursday is set to pass intact the government's $144 billion three-stage income tax package - but whether the plan is fully delivered will depend on who wins the election.
The government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, congratulates Steven Martin after his maiden speech. Now Martin has joined the Coalition team. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Independent crossbencher Steve Martin joins Nationals, giving the party a Tasmanian presence

The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
When Tim Storer was sworn in he was escorted by the government and opposition Senate leaders. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Tim Storer, the $35 billion man

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.

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