He is the second Coalition MP to defect to the crossbench this term. The other is Andrew Gee, who left the Nationals over the party’s opposition to the Voice. The crossbench in the House now numbers 18.
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The referendum has highlighted what many have previously overlooked or denied: that Indigenous Australians (like other Australians) aren’t of one political mind
Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen.
Australia’s move towards net zero emissoions by 2020 is in danger of stalling. If it is not to fail, the nation urgently needs a government plan, aligned with industry and with public support.
The inquiry’s report is sharply critical of Qantas, and has recommended the decision to block extra flights sought by Qatar Airways be immediately reviewed
Looking a year ahead, Labor will be struggling against the electoral tide in Queensland, where (on present polling) the Palaszczuk government could lose office
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews' exit, the extraordinary story of Mike Pezzullo's text messages, and the Senate inquiry into QANTAS and the Qatar Airways saga. Catch up this week's politics.
While it’s possible Frydenberg, 52, might consider running in the election after next, it would seem unlikely. The 2025 election was the logical time to try for a comeback bid
The costing, put out by the Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen, is a pre-emptive strike against the opposition, which is moving to include nuclear power in the energy policy it takes to the next election
While most repeat referendums fail, it is possible to succeed if the referendum proposal is altered or untethered from an unpopular element.
She was the longest-serving woman in the Senate’s history.
The latest Newspoll shows more bad news for the “yes” campaign.
Peter Dutton has been open since the election about nuclear energy being on the Coalition’s agenda - but that has allowed the government, especially Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen, to attack the idea
Raila Odinga, the leader of the Azimio la Umoja coalition in Kenya.
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The government and opposition have a duty to work towards creating a Kenya in which all citizens can live peacefully.
The PM pays tribute to Indigenous leaders and elders past and present, while calling out the Opposition at the Garma Festival this weekend.
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said he wanted to ‘revitalise and renew and refocus’ the commission with Barrett’s appointment, recognising that ‘productivity has evolved’.
In a speech to be delivered in Darwin, Chalmers says the government had been deliberate in its estimate in the budget. Now, “We’re in a significantly better position than we forecast.”
Farrell and Albanese were long-time factional opponents. But under Albanese’s government, Farrell is prospering. With the thaw in China-Australia relations, it’s a very good time to be trade minister.
In this podcast Michelle and politics + society editor Amanda Dunn discuss the wild final sitting fortnight before the winter break
The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters, in its interim report tabled on Monday, recommends donation and spending caps apply to third parties and associated entities.
The government at the weekend announced an immediate $2 billion for social housing – which will go to states and territories over this fortnight – hoping this would get the Greens to support the fund