With the message that technology is not enough to deal with the climate challenge, the US official pricked the balloon into which Morrison had been assiduously blowing as much air as he could.
Among modern Liberals it's patently heresy to ask how rushing to green light 11 proposed coal mines in the Hunter Valley helps the struggling coal industry.
Scott Morrison has said the cabinet minister accused of historical rape denies the allegation “categorically”.
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While some aspects of Australian public policy have taken inspiration from Trump - our relationship with China among them - in reality the former US president had little impact on our political life.
Attorney-General Christian Porter and fellow cabinet minister Alan Tudge have been accused of sexual indiscretions, in a sensational Four Corners expose.
Anthony Albanese's budget reply made the point that Labor had very different priorities to the government's.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon
Malcolm Turnbull has launched a swingeing attack on Scott Morrison's gas-led recovery.
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Australia has a rich modern history of former prime ministers writing memoirs, partly to exact revenge and partly to secure their legacy as they see it. A Bigger Picture fits into that tradition.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his autobiography, ‘A Bigger Picture’
In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull gives his assessment of Scott Morrison as a former colleague and as prime minister, warns about the right of the Liberal party, and tongue lashes News Corp.
Morrison has refused to meet calls for a national summit or a COAG meeting on the fire effort.
The fires are putting pressure on the government by elevating the climate issue and opening new division among Liberals.
Scott Morrison’s government may be more authoritarian populist than strictly conservative.
Authoritarian populism has been around for a while, but this government's determination to punish some groups make the label more apt than just "conservative".
Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia's responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.
The Morrison win doesn’t mean the issue of climate change lacks cut through, or won’t have potency in the future.
Sometimes birthdays are best let pass quietly. The Liberals are finding the 75th anniversary of their founding another unfortunate occasion for the blood sport they thought they'd put behind them.
Had Peter Dutton won the 2018 leadership ballot and become prime minister, the governor-general may have had some tricky legal arguments on his hands.
The Constitution says that the governor-general can only act to fill a vacancy in the prime ministership if there is one - but in this case, some complex questions would have arisen.
Malcolm Turnbull took to Twitter on Thursday, reigniting his battle with Christian Porter.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull clashes with Attorney-General Christian Porter.
Three words, so much mileage: Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax refrain has been a fixture on the policy landscape for years.
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We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
It is unlikely the Turnbull-Morrison Coalition government will be remembered for any significant reforms.
In terms of major policy achievements, the Coalition government has little to show for its time in office.
As prime minister, republican Malcolm Turnbull said there would be no more moves towards an Australian head of state while Queen Elizabeth remained on the throne.
Bill Shorten is committed to an Australian head of state, but it will likely take lost priority to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
The Morrison government has committed $50million to celebrate next year’s 250th anniversary of Cook’s landing at Kurnell on April 29, 1770.
The government's investment in a celebration of 250 years since James Cook's voyage to and along Australia, if not done properly, will further inflame the history wars in Australia.