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Behave as a team, Morrison tells the troops

Addressing Tuesday’s Coalition party room, Morrison called for unity, reminding members they were not there as a team, and declaring the government had a “contract” with the Australian people.
‘You have to think that with people like these very experienced, respected voices that the government would have to take the [climate change] debate seriously’, says Michelle Grattan about the calls from ex-fire chiefs for the government to act on climate change. DARREN PATEMAN/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the government’s response to the bushfires

Michelle Grattan and Professor Geoff Crisp discuss this week in politics.
As bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many disagree. Dan Peled/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals

Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY49.3 MB (download)
In this podcast, David Littleproud says "as elected officials, we've got a responsibility" to wait for the right time to talk about the link between climate change and the ongoing bushfires.
George Christensen and Bob Katter seem to be using the science replication crisis to cast doubt on research findings that farmers don’t like. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Real problem, wrong solution: why the Nationals shouldn’t politicise the science replication crisis

Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
Molan is running a campaign urging people to vote for him “below the line” after he was relegated to an unwinnable fourth spot on the Senate ticket. Supplied

Angry Nationals play payback in NSW Senate row

A furious NSW Nationals organisation has accused supporters of maverick Liberal senator Jim Molan of breaking the Coalition agreement and asked party members to urge people to vote “below the line”.

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