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The goal of every public appearance or interview by a politician is to “stay on message”. In itself, it’s not a malign tactic but the constant repetition of the same messages without answering questions can be a form of obfuscation. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The vomit principle, the dead bat, the freeze: how political spin doctors’ tactics aim to shape the news

Any good political spin doctor employs a range of overt and covert tactics to get their message across. Here are some of the most common ones.
Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion has announced he’s retiring at the next election. AAP/Lukas Coch

Two more Morrison ministers head for the door

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Minister for Human Services and Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan, have announced they will leave politics at this year's election.
When Labor tried to suspend standing orders in question time, Cathy McGowan, Rebekha Sharkie, Kerryn. Phelps and Julia Banks abstained. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Crossbench women give Morrison a break after week from hell

While the Liberals are losing out politically because of their low female representation and inability to properly address the problem, on the crossbench the women are now standouts (and a majority).

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