Morrison this week delivered to an audience of big business what was described as his most important speech for the rest of the year.
Next week begins the year’s final parliamentary fortnight, and the main attention will be on the fate of two bills - the ensuring integrity legislation, and the medevac repeal.
‘More generally, this does reflect a lot of tension and angst within the National party,’ says Michelle Grattan on the Hanson dairy deal.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher.
Albanese and Morrison share certain political qualities. They’re both solid and stolid, with the ability to relate to ordinary people.
Labor’s new policy process shouldn’t be rushed, but taking time inevitably leaves a vacuum, which Albanese will try to fill the space with a series of “vision statements”.
Albanese said the outcome was ‘a very satisfactory result in the interests of the Labor party’.
Setka’s resignation is a significant victory for Albanese, who had a good deal of credibility invested after repeatedly saying the rogue unionist would be ousted from the party.
Hanson, who thinks men get a bad deal in the system, will be deputy of the new family law inquiry.
As the government starts its work on workplace change, it gave Pauline Hanson a win, for past and future favours, making her deputy chair of a joint parliamentary committee into the family law system.
John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks.
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Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
Nine’s fundraiser for the Liberal party left journalists appalled, as they should have been.
While the Liberal party reaped mega dollars at Nine’s Monday fundraiser, Nine and its chief executive faced a backlash from staff at the company’s recently acquired former Fairfax newspapers.
Australia-China relations, crucial as they might be for Australia’s economic wellbeing, may get rougher.
Michelle Grattan discusses the increasing strain on the Australia-China relationship following the arrest of Dr. Yang Hengjun, and the government’s draft religious discrimination legislation.
Setka’s lawyers had argued that the party’s power of expulsion lay with its Victorian branch, not with the national executive.
The Victorian Supreme Court has dismissed the John Setka’s bid to prevent the Labor party from expelling him, saying the legitimacy of the motion to expel him was not within the court’s jurisdiction.
The Coalition government is pushing Labor back up its criticism of John Setka’s behaviour by supporting its Ensuring Integrity Bill.
The government is relishing the difficulties the John Setka controversy has created for Labor leader Anthony Albanese, who remains opposed to tighter restrictions on unions.
The government has announced its plan to put a referendum this term to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.
Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the government’s plans to put forward a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.
Scott Morrison nominated “working with the crossbench” as a pathway to getting the promised tax cuts through.
Though the opposition is still refusing to state its final position on the government’s $158 billion tax package, Scott Morrison is “very confident” the plan will be passed in its entirety.
Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) President Michele O'Neil (left) stands next to ACTU Secretary Sally McManus.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
Senator Cory Bernardi announced this week that he will be winding up his party, the Australian Conservatives, following a lacklustre vote at the 2019 federal election.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
John Setka arrives at the ACTU building in Melbourne on June 13.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
Albanese said the ALP as an organisation had the right to determine who joined.
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Albanese last week had Setka suspended from the party and will move for his expulsion when its national executive meets on July 5.
Setka has form in attracting negative media attention as Victorian state secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, Maritime and Energy Union.
The latest scandal involving the CFMMEU leader has the potential to cause serious damage to the Labor Party and the union movement.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has called for John Setka to be expelled from the Labor Party.
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Another hectic week in federal politics has seen Labor dealing with a controversy involving union leader John Setka, and the Queensland government giving final approval for the Adani mine.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus speaks to the media during a press conference at the ACTU building in Melbourne on Thursday.
John Setka says he won’t resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
CFMMEU Secretary John Setka and his wife Emma Walters speak to the media during a press conference in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.