Australia used to prioritise family migrants over skilled workers. But now, it takes up to 21 months for partner visas to be approved – and 30 years for parents.
A motion passed in the Senate today, with the support of the government, places pressure on the Council of the Order of Australia to strip Bettina Arndt of her Order of Australia award.
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.
From high staff turn-overs to filling the appeals tribunal with political allies, the Home Affairs department needs to clean its mess.
The theme of the conference is 'protect the future', an allusion to the culture wars that conservatives are waging against the left. There are fears this could include alt-right messages of hate.
Parliament has now finished its sitting fortnight. Michelle Grattan discusses the key issues from it, including Labor's approach to passing legislation given its weaker position in the Senate.
Unexpectedly in opposition, Labor can't win right now – it can only cope as best it can.
From Bill Shorten to Kristina Keneally, our experts break down Labor's new shadow ministry – who's in, who's been promoted, and who faces the greatest challenges in their new roles
After much factional wrangling, the new opposition leader has a shadow ministry, but the question remains about whether it is a good idea for the former leader to stay in the parliament.
John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong after a fiercely contested byelection, and declared it 'the renaissance' of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.
The stakes in Saturday's Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher.
Doug Jones has won a tough battle to represent Alabama in the US Senate; meanwhile, the crucial byelection in Bennelong is neck-and-neck, with huge implications for the government if it loses.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.
What on earth was Julie Bishop thinking when she declared she'd support a 'formal investigation' into this week's damaging cabinet leak?
The polls are showing a close contest in the Bennelong byelection between the Liberals' John Alexander and Labor's Kristina Keneally.
Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in politics.
If Kristina Keneally could wrest Bennelong once again for Labor, the opposition would inflict a massive blow on the Coalition.
Labor is running high-profile former New South Wales premier Kristina Keneally in the December 16 Bennelong byelection.