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The Coalition government is pushing Labor back up its criticism of John Setka’s behaviour by supporting its Ensuring Integrity Bill. Julian Smith/AAP

Fall-out from Setka affair could give Coalition easier passage of union 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.
Had Peter Dutton won the 2018 leadership ballot and become prime minister, the governor-general may have had some tricky legal arguments on his hands. AAP/Ellen Smith

If Dutton had defeated Turnbull, could the governor-general have stopped him becoming prime minister?

The Constitution says that the governor-general can only act to fill a vacancy in the prime ministership if there is one - but in this case, some complex questions would have arisen.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter announced that sabotaging food will now attract a penalty of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why the increased penalties for strawberry sabotage will do little to prevent the crime

After a spate of sewing needles being found in strawberries, the federal government has moved quickly to tighten penalties for those who sabotage fruit. But it is unlikely to be a strong deterrent.
Government ministers have defended Centrelink’s debt recovery processes as ‘working’ following an ongoing controversy. AAP/Julian Smith

Note to Centrelink: Australian workers’ lives have changed

Centrelink's debt recovery problems reflect an over-simplistic application of policy to the complexity of workers’ lives in a flexible labour market.

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