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Cory Bernardi has rounded up almost all the Coalition senators to back a proposed private member’s bill to remove offend and insult from section 18C of the constitution. Paul Millar/AAP Image

18C case against students dismissed but conservatives’ push for change continues

Late on Friday the long-awaited decision came in a key test of the much- debated section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. A federal circuit court judge killed a complaint from a Queensland University…
Peter Dutton speaking at a media conference at Parliament House on Wednesday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Refugee resettlement announcement expected within weeks

Peter Dutton’s Wednesday news conference was the predictable rant against Labor, but something else came through. The Immigration Minister is genuinely anxious to get the refugees off Nauru and Manus Island…
Bill Shorten called on the government to reveal the detail of any accompanying arrangements for resettling the Nauru and Manus people. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shorten exploits the missing link in government’s visa ban plan

Shortly after Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton aggressively targeted Labor on Sunday when announcing the government’s latest draconian border deterrent, Turnbull rang Bill Shorten…
Malcolm Turnbull sounded shrill when, with Peter Dutton, he announced new legislation on Sunday. Paul Millar/AAP Image

New ban on boat people may be belt-and-braces for resettlement initiative

The only way the Turnbull government’s announcement of its latest move against boat people makes sense is if it is the belt-and-braces part of a wider plan to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island…
George Brandis’s fundamental mistake was the formal direction, which he should have anticipated would be provocative and challenged in legal circles. Lukas Coch/AAP

Brandis mishandles a fight he should never have had

The dramatic break between the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General – which culminated spectacularly in Justin Gleeson’s resignation on Monday – was a saga of misjudgments and mismanagement. It has…
Malcolm Turnbull was still trying to gain control of the gun issue in Question Time. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull walks right into Shorten’s gun-sight

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…
Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev speaks to the House of Representatives standing committee on economics. Lukas Coch/AAP

Bank inquiry won’t take royal commission off the political agenda

The initial day of the parliamentary interrogation of the big banks’ chiefs has probably only strengthened the hand of those urging a royal commission. Malcolm Turnbull proposed bank executives should…