The government is relishing the difficulties the John Setka controversy has created for Labor leader Anthony Albanese, who remains opposed to tighter restrictions on unions.
Michelle Grattan speaks with University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini about the government's plans to put forward a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.
Though the opposition is still refusing to state its final position on the government's $158 billion tax package, Scott Morrison is "very confident" the plan will be passed in its entirety.
ACTU president Michele O'Neil on John Setka and the government’s anti-union legislation.
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ACTU President Michele O'Neil says that the decision over Setka's leadership lies with the union membership, and denounces the government's plans to bring back anti-union legislation.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Setka has been backed by the Victorian branch of his union who this week called for the national executive to issue a statement of support.
Albanese last week had Setka suspended from the party and will move for his expulsion when its national executive meets on July 5.
The latest scandal involving the CFMMEU leader has the potential to cause serious damage to the Labor Party and the union movement.
Another hectic week in federal politics has seen Labor dealing with a controversy involving union leader John Setka, and the Queensland government giving final approval for the Adani mine.
John Setka says he won't resign, and he has the backing of Victorian branch delegates, making it uncertain how things will play out.
The Setka affair is now dominating discussion at the highest level of the union movement.
The opposition leader will move to have Setka expelled from the ALP after Setka reportedly told a union meeting that Batty's work had led to men having fewer rights.
The Liberals have for years sought to make Shorten’s union background and associations work for them. They haven’t so far had anything like the success they hoped. The question is, can Morrison?