Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in Australian politics.
With some foul-mouthed words to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Senator David Leyonhjelm has turned a debate about the safety of women into a sleazy political sideshow.
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Many female politicians have had to endure sexist abuse, from Cheryl Kernot to Julia Gillard to Sarah Hanson-Young. And it is not a matter that should simply be brushed aside.
Sarah Hanson-Young on David Leyonhjelm: “He is — for lack of a better word … slut-shaming me”.
The stoush between Senators Sarah-Hanson Young and David Leyonhjelm harks back to age-old - not to mention nonsense and deeply sexist - dichotomies about women’s sexuality and moral character.
David Leyonhjelm says he has nothing to apologize for.
Leyonhjelm’s conduct is at the extreme end of the discourteous, sometimes boorish, discourse that too often is characterising political exchanges.
What critics call the ‘elite media’ is actually journalism that serves the public interest.
Suddenly ‘elite media’ has become a term of abuse, but in truth this is a battle between real journalism and non-journalism.
Malcolm Turnbull likes to portray himself as a pragmatist who wants this parliament to work.
Malcolm Turnbull didn’t actually trade his first-born this week but it felt like it might come to that. In a whatever-it-takes frame of mind, the government conceded a great deal to get its legislation…
The Turnbull-Abbott hostilities erupted in a very public manner this week over the terms of a ban on the importation of the Adler seven-shot lever-action shotgun.
Malcolm Turnbull’s week has been little short of disastrous and there will be more fallout.
Political pundits often talk about the ‘transactional costs’ of coups.
After Question Time on Thursday Tony Abbott made a personal explanation to the House outlining the background to the Adler shotgun ban.
Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott are sharply at odds over Abbott’s denial of knowledge about a 2015 deal to insert a sunset clause on the import ban of a shotgun.
Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm wants a ban on the importation of the Adler seven-shot lever-action shotgun lifted.
Malcolm Turnbull is like the man who threw down a match, started a fire, and is now struggling to breathe because of the smoke. He has inadvertently become the centre of a debate on guns which is at least…
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm is among those pushing for restrictions on the Adler shotgun to be lifted.
The hyperbole about the Adler shotgun simply does not match with the facts. This is symptomatic of the generally poor quality of debate around firearm policy in Australia.
Malcolm Turnbull was still trying to gain control of the gun issue in Question Time.
The government has a new buzzword. In the partyroom on Tuesday Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce urged the troops to make the Coalition’s policies “tactile”. In less-fancy terminology, what they mean…
Cory Bernardi is leading the push for changes to Section 18C.
The debate around amending Section 18C is a furphy: the law is there to guard against the most-damaging vilification, and very few cases end up in court.
While there are legitimate grounds for critique of Section 18C, David Leyonhjelm’s ‘test’ case is not the ideal candidate.
David Leyonhjelm’s complaint over being called an ‘angry white male’ could showcase the difficulty in launching a successful action under Section 18C and undermine an argument in support of repeal.
The government claims changes to Section 18C are no longer on its agenda.
Section 18C is limited in scope, and it would thus be wrong to claim that free speech carte blanche is under threat.
We will get an early insight into the Turnbull government’s likely approach to dealing with the Senate crossbench.
The returned Turnbull government can now add arguably one of the most diverse and potentially volatile senates ever to be elected in Australia to its list of political problems.
According to polling, Nick Xenophon and his team are on track to secure about three Senate spots.
The Senate reforms and a double-dissolution election means that it is difficult to predict who will be sitting in the upper house after July 2. But you can count on Nick Xenophon being there.
Was David Leyonhjelm correct about the proportion of drug law enforcement costs attributable to cannabis?
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm told parliament that of the $1.5 billion spent annually on drug law enforcement, 70% is attributable to cannabis. Are those numbers correct?
Surely, no bookmaker will take bets on what the principal recommendation of Leyonhjelm’s wasteful exercise will be: that tobacco tax should fall.
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm says the government has been appallingly bad at negotiating with the crossbench.