University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics with University of Canberra Associate Professor Caroline Fisher. This week saw parliament meet for the first time…
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics, including the threat of foot and mouth disease, the government’s climate bill and the grim economic news ahead.
In his address to federal parliament, the Ukrainian president asked Australia to do more to support his country against the Russian invasion.
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Andrew Wallace has been appointed to the increasingly important role of speaker of the House of Representatives.
A review of Question Time in the House of Representatives aims to make it more democratic and more edifying. But it’s not the structure as much as the culture that needs fixing.
The minister is now not sue back at parliament until the May budget sitting, feeding speculation about her future.
A look at the week in politics, focussing on what Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has described as “without doubt, the biggest shock this country has ever faced”.
The ‘war cabinet’ is vital in a time of crisis, with the federal and state governments all having a say. And once the crisis has passed, parliament will resume its normal function.
The 20-week adjournment of parliament will harm our capacity to fight the virus and subverts Australia’s identity as a parliamentary democracy.
It is important government continue – and be able to be properly scrutinised – during this time of crisis, and the Australian Constitution allows it to be done electronically.
A First Nations Voice would help parliamentarians come to more informed, just decisions with respect to First Nations peoples.
Two former high court justices and constitutional experts have thrown their support behind the importance of a First Nations Voice to parliament.
Queensland Senator Fraser Anning has been condemned for his comments in the wake of the fatal Christchurch mosque massacre.
The short answer is no. But the longer answer is that it has a complicated history (and the best remedy remains at the ballot box).
With the Morrison government now in minority, it is possible a bill for the transfer of asylum seekers from Nauru could pass against the government’s wishes.
There has been recent speculation that governments could advise royal assent not be granted if bills are passed against their wishes. Here’s why this is very unlikely to happen.
The final day of parliament was just like the other sitting days of 2018: chaotic.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
Liberal women such as those in the Morrison ministry, pictured here, should organise to achieve structural change - the only kind that ever sticks.
The Liberal Party is at a crossroad in its history. It must take bold steps to ensure better representation in its ranks by introducing gender quotas.
Problems with section 44 of the Constitution have absorbed a great deal of time, money and energy over the past year – it’s time all politicians worked towards genuine reform.
Examples from Ireland and New Zealand show that, unless determined measures are taken, masculine political cultures will ensure the gender imbalance remains.
Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney says her party is trying to identify and remove structural obstacles to preselection.
Guaranteed representation reduces the distance between policymakers and the people for whom policy is made.
Parliament has closed for the Christmas break after a turbulent year.
Malcolm Turnbull’s government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
The LGBTI community fears the nastiness a plebiscite on marriage equality could bring forth.
The push for marriage equality is not just about walking down the aisle in matching outfits; it’s become a potent symbol of equality and acceptance.