As the crisis within the Coalition deepened, Barnaby Joyce held a news conference to respond to Malcolm Turnbull’s denunciation of his personal behaviour.
Michelle Grattan sits down with Deep Saini to review the week in politics.
Banning relationships is likely to be ineffective and may result in disengagement, secrecy and resentment by employees of the encroachment of employment policies into genuinely private matters.
In the most spectacular manner, Malcolm Turnbull has publicly trashed his relationship with Barnaby Joyce.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced that sexual relations between ministers and their staff will be prohibited.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
The appointment of ministerial advisers is based on a party-political network of patronage, where the primary consideration is loyalty to the political party – not merit.
Care needs to be taken in interpreting progress on closing the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and ascribing it to actual policy change.
While this Newspoll is Malcolm Turnbull’s 26th consecutive loss (four short of Tony Abbott’s streak), it is the Coalition’s best position since April 2017.
Malcolm Turnbull’s pitch will be that dividends will start to flow from government policy.
The underlying implication of Malcolm Turnbull’s Tokyo visit was the interest shared by Japan and Australia to counter the strategic rise of China.
Last year was a vicious one for climate and energy politics. And with a South Australian election and various other federal decisions in the offing, 2018 looks like being similarly rancorous.
As Australia increasingly looks to Beijing for economic opportunities, questions must be asked about the true extent of China’s economic strength
2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
If the primary votes in Newspoll were replicated at the South Australian election, SA-BEST would probably win a clear majority of lower house seats.
There is not a great deal to be said for Malcolm Turnbull’s reshuffle, and quite a lot to be said against it.
Malcolm Turnbull’s reshuffled cabinet has five new faces, but one of the Nationals’ best performers has been unceremoniously dumped by his party leader.
The improvements in the government’s debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.
The government hasn’t abandoned its jobs and growth mantra in the budget update and remains optimistic despite lower growth and wages forecasts.