“He was much loved by the Australian community. He was a character - a political character - in an era when you tend to get white bread politicians,” says Michelle Grattan on Tim Fischer.
Michelle Grattan reflects on Tim Fischer's personal and political legacy, and discusses the kind of leader Scott Morrison is with the anniversary of his prime ministership approaching on Saturday.
Can Scott Morrison maintain the image of separation from the Canberra elite, given he’s its most powerful member?
After 12 months as prime minister, Morrison looks the strong leader, clearly in charge, with few constraints. But will he make a substantial entry in the history book of Australian prime ministers?
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.
Australia will be making a “modest, meaningful and time-limited contribution” to the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz.
Scott Morrison has announced a long-expected commitment to join the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, expressing concerns over incidents in the Strait: "It is a threat to our economy”.
Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek read The Very Hungry Caterpillar – which did not make our experts’ list.
If you were in charge of the new parliamentary book club, what Australian book would you want your representative to read? Our experts weigh in.
Morrison describes the “the bacon and eggs principle” where “the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed”.
Ahead of the formal receipt of the Thodey report on the public service, Morrison stresses the service must be responsive to both its ministers and the “quiet Australians”.
Frydgenberg commits to remaining royal commission recommendations requiring legislation to be introduced by the end of 2020.
"The need for change is undeniable," says Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, issuing a timetable for dealing with recommendations from the royal commission into banking, superannuation and financial services.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.
Michelle Grattan reviews another busy week in federal politics, and take a look at the prime minister's major speech on Monday on the public service.
Failure to further strengthen the compulsory super system would be disadvantageous to many future retirees and be an added burden on a later generation of taxpayers.
Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.
Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said Scott Morrison’s $500 million investment in the Pacific should not be a substitute for action.
The Australia Institute says Scott Morrison's “pollution loophole” is equivalent to seven years of fossil-fuel emissions from the rest of the Pacific and New Zealand.
Beth Noveck and Rod Glover argue that to reverse the ‘creeping crisis’ faced by the public service, the government must train public servants to use creative problem-solving methods.
On the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service.
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A timely study of the public service, titled Today's problems, Yesterday's toolkit discusses the ‘creeping crisis’ of effectiveness and legitimacy the Australian public service is facing.
The chairman of the powerful parliamentary committee on intelligence and security, Andrew Hastie, issued a warning about China’s rise last week.
The government is trying to shut down backbench contributions in the name of the “national interest”, but it is more an exercise of attempted control in its own interest.
Peter Dutton has issued “ministerial direction” to the AFP over investigating leaks to the media.
Federal home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the government's "expectation" is that federal police should consider the importance of press freedom before investigating leaks to journalists.
Michelle Grattan discusses the high court’s decision to uphold the sacking of a public servant due to anonymous social media posts criticising the government.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Geoff Crisp speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
On Monday week, Morrison will set out in detail his thoughts on the public service in an address to the Institute of Public Administration.
The public service is a soft target, and Scott Morrison has already had it in his sights, telling it to remember the old adage – that it is on tap and the government is on top.
The government is working with the United States and Britain on details for an Australian role in helping safeguard shipping passages in the Middle East.
Scott Morrison has flagged the government is working with the United States and Britain on details for an Australian role in helping safeguard shipping passages in the Middle East.
Australian Signals Directorate boss Mike Burgess is named the new head of ASIO.
Mike Burgess, previously head of the Australian Signals Directorate, has a solid history in the intelligence area and Labor has welcomed the choice.
Bacteriophages are viruses that attack and infect bacteria.
While some viruses make us sick, others can fight against bacteria, or protect us from more harmful viruses.
Retirement can either mean a loss of identity and social relations, or freedom from a dictated schedule.
Attitudes to retirement can influence decisions to save and plan for it. In turn, factors such as stress or lack of interest at work can impact attitudes towards retirement.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds at the AUSMIN talks in Sydney.
Australia is expected to announce the commitment soon as US-Iran tensions remain high.