The real decisions on Australia’s emissions reduction are being made by state governments and civil society, or outside the country altogether.
Scott Morrison is clear what he will and will not be taking to the Glasgow conference
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Grattan Institute’s Tony Wood on managing the shift in climate policy.
Ahead of next months Glasgow conference, the Morrison Government aims to secure a climate deal with the Nationals ahead of a potential policy shift to net zero by 2050.
Word from The Hill: Coalition free for all over 2050.
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society Senior Deputy Editor, Justin Bergman
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce are set to negotiate the roadmap for Australia’s climate change policy, while grappling with potential fallout from the National Party.
Members of the Ossewabrandwag on parade during WWII. The then political opposition collaborated with the Germans.
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Following the war, the South African authorities were anxious to charge known war criminals, traitors and collaborators. But nothing came of it.
A T-shirt worn by a cannabis advocate during a court hearing on the legality of the plant in South Africa.
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Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
Veteran South African politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi addressing parliament in 2019.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi deserves better than being dismissed as an apartheid stooge. But he deserves little praise as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties.
Former South African President FW De Klerk at the opening of parliament recently. The Economic Freedom Fighters objected to his presence.
It seems that former president FW De Klerk continues to find it hard to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
Scott Morrison dodged a bullet when the Nationals clung on to Michael McCormack. There was palpable relief when the news came through to the Liberals. “We still have a Coalition,” one MP was heard to say…
The result will be a deep relief to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who stood to be a big loser if forced to partner with Joyce.
The Nationals’ meltdown has been triggered by the forced resignation of Bridget McKenzie, and while only a new deputy needed to be elected, Joyce has seized the opportunity to make his leadership run.
Despite the Nationals deputy leader resigning, the so-called “sports rorts” scandals is far from resolved.
‘Calls unfortunately weren’t made to the right people at the right time,’ said the Deputy PM.
Speaking with The Conversation’s politics podcast, McCormack said in hindsight, it would have been better to have told Nationals who’d been agitating for the code that negotiations were underway.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’.
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.
McKenzie wrote to Hanson saying the code - which would inrease the negotiating power of milk producers - would be ready later this year, instead of next year as indicated earlier.
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.
Tim Fischer and his hat at the National Press Club in Canberra in 2012.
Former Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt reflects on the quirky and kind Tim Fischer.
Tim Fischer aboard a one-off passenger train last month to raise money for the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre trust fund.
Sally Evans/ Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund
Tim Fischer leaves behind a political and personal legacy. He defied sceptics, managed his troops, and the support he provided to John Howard was crucial in achieving gun control.
Raymond Louw, right, with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, middle, and veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu in 2015.
Raymond Louw will be remembered as a man of unbending principle.
It is often forgotten that the Liberals cannot govern without the support of the Nationals, and this has been the case for almost 100 years.
The National Party has the opportunity to use its role within the Coalition to exercise its influence on behalf of rural Australia.