An attempt to hobble Mathias Cormann in retaliation for the government's refusal to produce the Gaetjens Report on Bridget McKenzie failed after Pauline Hanson withdrew her support.
Morrison this week delivered to an audience of big business what was described as his most important speech for the rest of the year.
Next week begins the year's final parliamentary fortnight, and the main attention will be on the fate of two bills - the ensuring integrity legislation, and the medevac repeal.
Hanson, who thinks men get a bad deal in the system, will be deputy of the new family law inquiry.
As the government starts its work on workplace change, it gave Pauline Hanson a win, for past and future favours, making her deputy chair of a joint parliamentary committee into the family law system.
John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks.
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Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
Centre Alliance will be pivotal for the government in passing some legislation this parliamentary term.
Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff on Newstart
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Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff tells Michelle Grattan that his party will pressure the government to raise Newstart.
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law.
After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.
Jacqui Lambie celebrates the passing of the $158 billion tax cuts with Centre Alliance senators.
The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
Jacqui Lambie makes a deal in “good faith” - forgiveness of Tasmania’s housing debt in return for support of the government’s tax package.
The government's election centrepiece – its $158 billion, three-stage tax package – is set to pass into law, as the key vote of crossbencher Senator Jacqui Lambie is confirmed.
Jacqui Lambie is the last vital vote for the Morrison government if Labor refuses to pass its tax package intact on Thursday.
"Yet to arrive at a final position," Senator Jacqui Lambie presses the federal government to forgive Tasmania's housing debt in exchange for support of the government's tax cuts.
Independent senators like Derryn Hinch or a potentially re-elected Jacqui Lambie are likely to wield significant power with the next federal Labor government, according to analysis by the Australia Institute.
The Institute's analysis suggests that, at best, after next year's half-Senate
election the ALP and Greens could have 38 senators – although more likely they would have 37.