Scott Morrison made three foolish and arrogant assumptions this week when he embarked on trying to push his controversial religious discrimination legislation through parliament.
The chairman of the powerful parliamentary committee on intelligence and security, Andrew Hastie, issued a warning about China’s rise last week.
The government is trying to shut down backbench contributions in the name of the “national interest”, but it is more an exercise of attempted control in its own interest.
Energy minister Angus Taylor was the target of Tuesday’s question time and given that he’s not a strong performer in the House, he floundered.
Morrison is keen to whip the backbench into line early, telling the backbench to be “mindful of what we took to the election and what we didn’t take”.
Katie Hopkins entering the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2015.
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MPs come in for a lot of abuse online. But who are the haters and is the media partly to blame for the way it reports politics?
Who’s behind him?
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The Labour leader has made a virtue of voting against his party line for many years. Now his party appears to be striking back.
Rifkind knows how to make big money.
In his spare time, the former foreign secretary enjoys reading, taking walks and doing odd jobs.
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This week a rare thing happened – some members of the public felt sorry for a politician. Nigel Mills, a Conservative MP, was caught playing Candy Crush Saga (an idiotic but addictive computer game) during…
What a revolting lot.
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The Queen’s Speech marks the start of the fourth and final session of the 2010 Parliament. Final sessions are usually relatively uncontroversial. An approaching general election has traditionally calmed…