When your back's against the wall, attack is not necessarily the best means of defence. With this in mind, the word from Scott Morrison to his ministers is, lay off the states.
David Littleproud on The Nationals and net zero.
Michelle Grattan discusses the National party's feelings towards a 2050 carbon neutral goal with deputy leader David Littleproud.
Threats over the bank's decisions about lending to coal miners call into question the government's commitment to free enterprise.
The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has made 80 recommendations, while calling for a bigger federal role in dealing with disasters.
The cheaper fee band of the Job-ready Graduates legislation will now feature psychology and social work.
A federal cabinet minister has lashed out with an extraordinary attack on premiers, declaring Friday's national cabinet meeting “has become a flashpoint for the future of Australia's federation”.
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There's little transparency or clarity about how much water states are allocated. This failure in communication and leadership across such a vital system must change.
Scott Morrison dodged a bullet when the Nationals clung on to Michael McCormack. There was palpable relief when the news came through to the Liberals. “We still have a Coalition,” one MP was heard to say…
The result will be a deep relief to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who stood to be a big loser if forced to partner with Joyce.
The Nationals' meltdown has been triggered by the forced resignation of Bridget McKenzie, and while only a new deputy needed to be elected, Joyce has seized the opportunity to make his leadership run.
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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.
As bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many disagree.
Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals.
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In this podcast, David Littleproud says "as elected officials, we've got a responsibility" to wait for the right time to talk about the link between climate change and the ongoing bushfires.
The battle between Jones and Morrison came down to the repeated, and, for the seething Jones, existential question, ‘How does that feed a cow?’
Alan Jones unleashed his well-known tactics of lecturing and insult as he accused Scott Morrison of failing the immediate needs of drought-stricken farmers.
The law is ambivalent when it comes to trespassing, and photographing or filming the property owners.
Aussie Farms' have map showing locations where farms or producers treat animal cruelly has caused outrage with many claiming it is illegal. So, what does the law actually say about this?
As the Coalition announces tougher penalties. Labor has promised to phase out the trade.
The government is resisting pressure to phase out the trade, ahead of a review expected to recommend more stringent regulations.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud rejected the Shorten call for a suspension.
Up to now, both government and opposition were anxious to stay in step.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has set up a review of the trade during the northern summer.
Wood's call follows NSW Liberal and former health minister Sussan Ley declaring the trade should cease.
Sara Netanyahu asked Lucy Turnbull to help and remedy the live export situation.
On Friday the Agriculture department announced it had suspended the supply of sheep to a Qatar abattoir after seeing footage provided by Animals Australia.
Australia’s sheep trade is worth $250 million annually and involves about two million sheep.
It doesn't need a review to tell you that for the sheep these voyages - even when they go better than this one did - are hell, whatever "standards" are imposed.
Michael McCormack was asked following his election as leader whether he was ‘keeping the seat warm for Barnaby’.
How Barnaby Joyce plays things in the next few months will be relevant to Michael McCormack's ability to run a united team.