NSW and Victoria are shutting down non-essential services and activities over the next 48 hours, and the federal government has announced it will widen eligibility and increase income support as the coronavirus crisis escalates.
“This review…is really just a bone to Pauline Hanson. The government needs her vote in the senate,” says Michelle Grattan on the controversial appointment of Hanson as deputy chair of the committee.
Michelle Grattan discusses the government's new family law inquiry, and Australia being banned from the speaking list at the upcoming UN climate change summit.
Gladys Berejiklian has seen off a spill motion, but NSW politics remains a hotbed of discontent.
With her party ideologically riven and a difficult parliament, the NSW premier finds herself in political trouble, despite performing well on key measures.
The first of its kind in Australia, the offence of ‘drug supply causing death’ carries a maximum 20 year sentence.
Similar laws in the US have actually led to increasing the risk of fatal drug overdoses.
Hundreds of supporters of the bill to decriminalise abortion in NSW rallied outside parliament after conservative MPs delayed debate on the issue.
Although abortions have been legally performed in NSW for years, doctors have long called for greater clarity in the law in regard to the possible criminality of their actions.
Gladys Berejiklian has said a new selective school will provide another local option.
Selective schools aim to give all gifted students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, opportunities they may not have had otherwise. But that's not what's actually happening.
Having been returned to power, the Berejiklian now has to deliver on its big promises.
The sense that the Berejiklian government had done enough to be re-elected proved correct, with a strong economy and a big infrastructure program enough to secure the Coalition a third term.
Gladys Berejiklian has led the Coalition to a third term in office in NSW.
The Berejiklian government has been returned to power, with Labor having a poorer-than-expected showing following a disastrous final week of campaigning.
Polls indicate that the NSW election will be a tightly-contested affair.
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With the polls showing the main parties neck and neck, the question for NSW voters this Saturday is whether they have lost faith in the Coalition government enough to elect Labor again.
It’s a fight for a rapidly vanishing centre, which will make passing bills difficult for whoever wins.
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Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us, and it’s going to be a wild ride.
It's worth keeping an eye on the NSW election outcome. It may end up telling us a lot about how global political themes, like the erosion of centrist politics, are playing out here in Australia.
Luke Foley holds his resignation press conference, in a disaster for Labor as it prepares for an election in just over four months.
Luke Foley was little known among the voting public but seen as doing a competent job against an unpopular government before being forced out as leader over sexual misconduct claims.
Alan Jones’ media bosses need to set some standards and the politicians who listen to him need to show some spine.
The furore over whether the Sydney Opera House should be used as a billboard is one thing, but the bigger issue is Alan Jones' bullying behaviour and the NSW government caving in to it,
The East-West Link is only one example of myriad infrastructure projects that have caused community controversy.
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We need to consider why transport infrastructure is so controversial, and how politicians can ensure they have the public's trust when making announcements for all transport projects.
Polls indicate a swing back in favour of the Andrews government in the lead-up to the November state election.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
Politics podcast: Gladys Berejiklian on the need to reform federal-state partnerships.
With her government having just handed down a budget with an enviable surplus, Gladys Berejiklian says the Gonski legislation will leave NSW better off 'in terms of dollars'.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian needs to shed the Treasury view of housing construction as a silver bullet and back former premier Mike Baird’s social and affordable housing program.
The new NSW premier is right to identify housing affordability as a priority for the people and economy of Sydney. It's not just housing supply that's the problem – action is needed on many fronts.
Gladys Berejiklian was elected unopposed to lead the NSW Liberal Party and become the state’s next premier.
Gladys Berejiklian becomes NSW premier with a great deal of experience, but she needs to overcome several problems – internal and external – to arrest sliding polls.