Morrison would rather live with a problem minister in a key post than give a scalp to Labor.
The situation with Naomi Wolf is another case of Angus Taylor being sloppy with facts and refusing to clean up his mess quickly.
“The government was totally taken by surprise” when the One Nation senators and Jacqui Lambie voted against the ensuring integrity legislation, says Michelle Grattan.
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.
A leader with any appreciation of process should know that by directly contacting the commissioner he was opening himself to attack.
With one parliamentary week remaining, Angus Taylor has been discredited, and Scott Morrison has been embroiled and embarrassed – or embarrassed himself. And the whole thing was avoidable.
Morrison told parliament: ‘What I did yesterday is what I told the house I would do.’
NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller, who knows Morrison personally, defended the PM, saying he ‘didn’t ask for anything that was inappropriate and I’m comfortable with the discussion that we had’.
The affair started when Taylor wrote to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore after the council declared a climate emergency, seeking to score a political point.
In a statement to the house, Morrison said he had spoken to the NSW police commissioner about “the nature and substance” of the police inquiries.
Long term, works such as Pavilion, (interior) by Hany Armanious will pay off.
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Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore has turned me into a milk crate acolyte. Driving to work this morning, I screeched to a stop by the side of the road. Why? There was a blue milk crate lying in the gutter…