Politics with Michelle Grattan: Crossbencher Helen Haines on Morrison and integrity.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Independent MP Helen Haines about a national integrity commission and Scott Morrison's secret appointment to five different ministries
Michelle Grattan speaks with newly-elected senator David Pocock who has already made history by becoming the first independent to hold a senate seat for the ACT.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Emma La Rouche from the University of Canberra’s Media and Communications team.
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David Pocock, the progressive independent who broke the Liberals’ stranglehold on one of the two ACT Senate seats, wouldn’t have expected to find himself allied with Pauline Hanson before even being sworn in
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Word from The Hill: Parliamentary ‘newbies’ inspect their workplace, with some complaints
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with Peter Browne from the politics + society team
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Tony Burke advocates on wages and arts
Michelle Grattan speaks with Tony Burke the minister for employment and workplace relations and minister for the arts, as well as the leader of the House of Representatives.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Independent MP Andrew Wilkie about how he would approach the situation if the election produces no clear winner. No deals. But maybe a letter on giving confidence and supply
In 1922-23, Billy Hughes’ Nationalist Party brokered a deal with the Country Party to form government - but only on condition Hughes was no longer prime minister. It’s possible this could play out again.
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I’d hoped to keep my absence nice and private, especially from those quiet Australians fighting fires. Regrettably, despite best efforts, my press office wasn’t able to keep a lid on the story.
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Grattan and Martin on the year that was, in politics and economics.
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Michelle Grattan sits down with The Conversation's economic editor Peter Martin for a chat about the year that was, and to answer readers' questions.
Following conflicting accounts on whether there was a deal, Richard di Natale said Cormann had ‘walked over to senator Lambie and said, “Is it OK if I say there’s no deal?” We heard you say it’.
After securing a condition which she cannot disclose “due to national security concerns”, Jacqui Lambie has voted with the government on the repeal of the medevac laws.
Centre Alliance will be pivotal for the government in passing some legislation this parliamentary term.
Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff on Newstart
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Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff tells Michelle Grattan that his party will pressure the government to raise Newstart.
Craig Kelly - wearing a T-shirt with the face of Robert Menzies.
on it - told the ABC he would not defect to the cross bench.
Malcolm Turnbull has struck back angrily at a report that he has been helping independent Kerryn Phelps, his successor in Wentworth, as chaos continues to fracture the Liberals.
Former Liberal Julia Banks has not ruled out running as an independent in Chisholm.
The Victorian backbencher has announced she is quitting the party to join the crossbench, launching a scathing attack on the right wing of the Liberal Party in the process.
Independent senators like Derryn Hinch or a potentially re-elected Jacqui Lambie are likely to wield significant power with the next federal Labor government, according to analysis by the Australia Institute.
The Institute’s analysis suggests that, at best, after next year’s half-Senate
election the ALP and Greens could have 38 senators – although more likely they would have 37.
Nick Xenophon will resign from the Senate to pursue a career in South Australian politics.
Nick Xenophon’s exit from the Senate could substantially affect the dynamics in negotiations with the government.