This week One Nation and Brian Burston were beyond embarrassing.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
The Liberals think anything to do with “boats” is lethal for Labor.
If the government really intends to “reopen” Christmas Island in any major way, it could find itself spending a lot of money there on few if any people.
Phelps has only been in parliament since she won the Wentworth by-election but she has got one big win under her belt.
Kerryn Phelps on the medical transfers bill.
Phelps describes Scott Morrison's proposal to reopen the Christmas Island detention facility as a "political statement".
Scott Morrison signals he might reopen the Christmas Island detention centre, closed in October 2018.
Morrison told a news conference cabinet's national security committee had met early Tuesday to discuss the contingency planning already in train in anticipation of the bill's passage.
Morrison operates a minority government and Tuesday’s loss underscored that he can’t.
automatically get his way.
The government will turn up the dial by announcing “contingency plans” against fresh arrivals. Morrison is already moving on to the claim that Shorten couldn't be trusted to be strong on turnbacks.
Six of the seven crossbenchers backed the ALP amendment to the bill that had come from the Senate.
The government has suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives, with Labor and crossbenchers passing the legislation facilitating medical transfers from Manus and Nauru by 75-74.
Shorten has been caught every which way in the last few days.
After Shorten was briefed by security officials and with enormous political pressure coming from the government, Labor moved back from its support of the bill as it has come out of the Senate.
Morrison says the government has shown “the mettle to make the right calls on our nation’s security”.
The money includes $60 million - over the next three years - in grants for organisations to provide emergency accommodation for those escaping family violence.
Shorten is worried about Labor being wedged, because border protection is always a politically vulnerable area for the ALP.
Scott Morrison says the government will not shift from outright
opposition to the bill, which is based on a proposal originally coming from independent Kerryn Phelps but subsequently refined.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
In the event Labor holds firm, all eyes will be on independent Cathy McGowan, the crossbencher whose vote is still a question mark.
If the government feels it is on the rack over the amendments, Labor also is in an awkward position, and at least one of the independents finds herself in the spotlight.
The two were subject to scathing assessments in the report from.
commissioner Kenneth Hayne.
In a statement late Thursday, NAB said Thorburn would finish at the end of this month while Henry would leave the board once a new CEO had been appointed.
The Prime Minister has been anxious over the last two days to hose down talk that a government defeat on the bill could lead to an election.
Morrison declares the amendments, based on a proposal from independent Kerryn Phelps, would leave the government powerless to stop the entry of a paedophile, rapist or murderer.
In his letter Shorten said he noted that “government has agreed to some important legislative changes” arising from the commission.
In a letter to Morrison, Shorten said both houses should be recalled on March 5-7 and March 12-14. The sitting calendar has only 10 sitting days before the election.
McCormack acknowledges the big election challenges the Nationals face.
Michael McCormack on banks and the bush, and the election battle.
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Acknowledging the big challenges ahead for the Nationals at the election, he told The Conversation he is "not going to write Cowper off yet".
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will have to respond quickly to the Banking Royal Commission.
The Morrison government has promised to establish a compensation scheme paid for by the financial services industry as it seeks to avoid damage from the banking royal commission.
Chris Bowen will deliver his first economic speech of the year.
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen will pitch to many workers' discontented with their lot, declaring in his first economic speech of the year that these people are being denied “a fair go”.
The government has been hopeful that it can persuade independent Cathy McGowan to break ranks with other crossbench supporters of the bill.
Scott Morrison and David Coleman said: “There are now only four asylum seeker children on Nauru and they have all been approved for departure to the United States of America with their families”.
Independent candidate for Warringah Zali Steggall poses for a photograph during a press conference in Sydney.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in Australian politics.
The goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician is to “stay on message”. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation.
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Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.