Saturday’s disaster in the Wentworth byelection, in which refugee.
policy was an issue, underlined the political necessity of making
AAP Image/ Refugee Action Coalition
An interesting and notable point of detail about the “lifetime ban” legislation is that it would not apply to the refugee children.
Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women.
Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce says if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it - though he insists he is not canvassing.
As much as bringing Morrison new problems, Wentworth has put in lights the ones that were already there.
Morrison remains wedged between his Liberal right wing ideologues and mainstream voters. The right claims to speak for the “mainstream” on climate (and other things) but it doesn't.
Morrison reiterated the government’s intention to serve its full term.
While the government currently has pledges of confidence from some crossbenchers, they would be in a strong position to demand concessions in a hung parliament.
Independent Dr Kerryn Phelps has easily won the formerly blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Wentworth.
The trouncing in Wentworth will re-open fractures in the government, threatening more damaging in-fighting between the party's conservatives and moderates.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nick Klomp.
Former prime minister John Howard who backed Morrison’s shift on Israel, joined Liberal candidate for Wentworth Dave Sharma on the campaign trail.
It's increasingly obvious that as prime minister Morrison will do whatever he thinks it takes – and plumb some dubious depths – to serve his immediate purposes.
Joyce, having put his personal crisis behind him, is obviously feeling his oats.
There's a fine line between being out and about and canvassing. Just being visible is all that's needed at this stage of a bid. And Joyce doesn't hide his ambitions for a return.
Jennings says it would be "silly" to claim there is no connection between this week's announcement about the possible relocation of Australia's embassy to Jerusalem and the Wentworth byelection.
The issue of the children on Nauru – many of them with acute health.
issues - escalated in recent weeks, with campaigning by doctors for a more humanitarian approach and pressure from government backbenchers.
Opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said Labor welcomed the government's “sudden and unexplained interest” in considering a deal with New Zealand.
Cormann threw himself under the blame bus on Tuesday, but actually he’d tried earlier to stop the government being run over by the Hanson truck.
One would think ministerial staff would be particularly alert to Hanson motions, and think very carefully before concluding she was doing something as unlikely as putting forward an anti-racist one.
Scott Morrison and foreign affairs minister Marise Payne made a series of major announcements in relation to Israel at a Tuesday news conference.
The Liberals have been making a big pitch for the Jewish vote in Wentworth, on the back of Sharma's diplomatic experience. His major opponent, independent Kerryn Phelps, is Jewish.
English spelling is not an illogical burden there to make life difficult for our children.
Teaching children how to break down words into their meaning and origin can help them be better spellers.
Campaigning in Wentworth, Liberal candidate Dave Sharma, appearing at a candidates’ forum, denounced discrimination against teachers, and said the 2013 law should be changed.
Some Liberals who agitated for action on religious freedom might be starting to appreciate that the best stand for a conservative can sometimes be to just leave things alone.
Tabling the report, Fifield revealed Milne had told him on September.
12 that the board did not believe Guthrie was best placed to lead the
organisation, and that he would be telling her that next day.
Mrdak, who interviewed both Milne and Guthrie, said they had no doubt the government was “very concerned at the issues of opinion and accuracy and editorial standards raised” in the several pieces.
Announcements are pouring out in what is already a faux election campaign, with the government at the weekend unveiling nearly $52 million to Headspace for youth mental health.
The latest national polls come just days out from Saturday's Wentworth byelection, which will determine whether the Coalition is forced into minority government.
Michelle Grattan speaks Mark Evans about the week in Australian politics.
More broadly though, Morrison avoids dwelling on the significance of climate change.
Alex Turnbull said in his video the IPCC report “frankly was terrifying … and it's seemingly insane to me that we could not be doing something about this and soon”.
Morrison himself has built expectations of action on religious freedom.
This debate will divide and discredit the Liberals unless it can be shut down quickly. Within the party it will split the moderates from the right, and cause division within the right too.
The government's majority is at stake in the October 20 Wentworth byelection, when the Liberals face voters still reeling from the loss of their member Malcolm Turnbull.