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.
After securing a condition which she cannot disclose "due to national security concerns", Jacqui Lambie has voted with the government on the repeal of the medevac laws.
The government was caught completely unawares when Hanson and her colleague Malcolm Roberts lined up against the bill, which was lost in a tie.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the year's final parliamentary sitting week.
Pressure is mounting on Australia's dairy farmers, from farm gate prices to animal welfare concerns, and technology that could produce milk without cows.
The consequences of the parental alienation theory can lead to children getting a court order to visit or live with an abusive parent.
There have already been two recent inquires into family court, but none of their recommendations have been rolled out.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals.
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Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.
The latest proposals to amend the ABC Charter raise questions about media law reform. To be effective and sustainable, it needs to be strategic, not ad hoc and politicised.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
It seems the driving force behind this new inquiry is Pauline Hanson's unsupported claim women often make up allegations of domestic violence in family courts.
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.
Back for a second stint in the Senate, the Tasmanian finds herself with unprecedented power, holding the crucial swing vote on several key issues in the government's agenda.
Though the opposition is still refusing to state its final position on the government's $158 billion tax package, Scott Morrison is "very confident" the plan will be passed in its entirety.
The government's proposed income tax cut plan has put Labor into a bind and Pauline Hanson into a hissy fit.
Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
With this week's revelations about the extraordinary visit to the US gun lobby by One Nation's James Ashby, and Steve Dickson, Morrison's shilly-shallying became untenable.