In this podcast Michelle and Amanda Dunn canvass federal parliament's final sitting week of the year, including the House of Representatives' censure of Scott Morrison and the flurry of legislation
The Nationals’ decision sparked a vitriolic response on Tuesday from Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, while the Western Australian National party dissociated itself from it.
In a Monday speech to the International Trade Union Confederation, the prime minister lists measures the government has introduced into parliament “in the past month”
For the PM, having the bilateral relationship begin to stabilise and move to a more constructive footing culminates a very successful first six months on the world stage.
In this podcast Michelle and politics editor Amanda Dunn discuss the significant thaw in Australia-China relations that's come with the Albanese-Xi meeting, held on the sidelines of the G20 in Bali.
Canberra and Beijing’s assessments of their interests remain far from aligned. But as Albanese himself said, simply ‘having the meeting is a successful outcome’.
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The G20 comes at a time of deep divisions between the world’s powers, so it’s unlikely to make much progress on its policy agenda - but it’s still good to talk.
Industrial relations is one of the perennial fault lines in Australian politics. As some battles get settled, fresh ones arise, often involving similar issues, in the enduring argument about growing and sharing the economic pie.
The PM will be notably missing from the COP27 leaders summit in Egypt early next week. Chris Bowen, minister for climate change and energy, will represent Australia later in the conference.
There were mixed results for the Albanese government from polls take in the wake of its first budget.
Anthony Albanese exhibits many of the traits of previous successful Australian prime ministers.
Dealing with the crisis, driven by the Ukraine war, is now Labor’s problem, and that gave Dutton something substantial to latch onto.
The Albanese government’s first budget contains many measures that may contribute to wellbeing, but that’s not the same as being a wellbeing budget.
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We sifted through the budget papers so you don’t have to. Here are the main takeaways at a glance.
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Frightened by the prospect of an inflation rate approaching 8%, Chalmers has pumped very little into the economy, funding most of their extra spending by cutting Coalition programs.
Chalmers promised the budget would be “workmanlike”, not “flashy”, and he’s kept his word. Almost all of it had been pre-issued by the government, including measures and numbers.
It’s not just the numbers that have changed in Jim Chalmers’ first budget. There is an emphasis on climate change and wellbeing, too.
Jim Chalmers’ first budget has kept spending tight, but it contains alarming news for households.
The present scheme is for 18 weeks government-funded leave to care for a newborn. There is a separate “Dad and Partner” payment for two weeks.
the government on Monday will point to 28 major defence projects running a total of more than 97 years late, as it highlights pressures it faces on the budget