The blowback from closing borders will be considerable the Queensland premier, but will be a lot less politically dangerous than if she were seen to fail to do everything possible to protect Queenslanders' health.
A group of Nationals has won a fight to prevent the government appealing against a court judgment finding Labor's 2011 suspension of live cattle exports to Indonesia was unlawful.
The Federal Court found a 2011 decision by the Gillard government was unlawful. What does this mean for ministerial decision-making today?
Perhaps a silver-lining of the pandemic, the economic downturn has created a more constructive discourse between the minister for industrial relations and the unions.
Unions, business and government will sit down to try to overhaul our industrial relations system. Past and recent history tell us this is a tough ask.
Scott Morrison, not one to waste a crisis, is calling the coronavirus a chance to reform the country's industrial relations.
Michelle Grattan talks with Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher about the week in politics, including coronavirus, the Biosecurity Act and panic-buying, as well as the Australian economy.
Australia's Biosecurity Act gives the government power to detain and isolate people who are suspected of being infected, with potentially harsh penalties for those who fail to comply.
The coronavirus has moved to a new stage in Australia, with the first two cases of local transmission of the disease, affecting the economy, and inspiring legislative action.
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The federal government's bill is striking in one respect: it actively allows a person to discriminate on the basis of their religious beliefs.
These reforms are a big win for the media industry.
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Media freedom is good, but absolute media freedom could lead to a nastier, more brutish public discourse.
The government’s proposed integrity commission has come under fire.
The proposed National Integrity Commission is under attack, amid fears it will be toothless. The government needs to rethink its model.
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.
Christian Porter is confident the Coalition can pass a religious discrimination bill, despite criticism from many groups to his exposure draft legislation.
Rather than asking, "How can we best address religious discrimination in Australia?", Christian Porter is saying, "This is what we’re doing about religious discrimination; any objections?".
“I have previously said that I would be seriously disinclined to approve prosecutions of journalists except in the most exceptional circumstances,” said Attorney-General Christian Porter.
As the battle over press freedom continues, the Attorney-General has ordered that any prosecution of a journalist for offences related to national security must have his approval.
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.
If this bill had been law when Rugby Australia sacked Israel Folau, he might have chosen to pursue a federal discrimination case.
This proposed bill goes much further than other discrimination laws and weakens existing protections for many Australians.
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.
Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the draft bill at Sydney’s Great Synagogue.
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Given the unique aspects of the proposed bill, there should be a longer consultation period to examine why religious freedoms should be prioritised over other freedoms.
Attorney-General Christian Porter unveiled the draft legislation at Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Thursday.
Under the government's draft religious discrimination legislation, big companies would face tougher rules in relation to indirect discrimination.