University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and Director of the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis, Dr Laine Dare discuss the week in politics.
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Professor Paddy Nixon.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds faces an agonising question. Should she say to Scott Morrison that she doesn't feel up to staying in what is one of the most demanding portfolios in the government?
Scott Morrison has been wounded by the revelation this week of an alleged rape in Parliament House. But the fear must be that Brittany Higgins has become a victim twice over – of the incident itself and the fallout these past days.
The revelation of the alleged rape against a government staffer in 2019 has partially derailed a week that the government would have hoped to be dominated by the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
The government is setting up a special investigator office to examine the findings of the inquiry into alleged misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
Marise Payne and Linda Reynolds at the 2019 AUSMIN talks.
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The ministers have written of their desire to "find every possible way to advance shared interests". But this should stop short of following the US down its hostile path with China.
$1.35 billion of defence spending will be repurposed to meet the increasing threat of cyber attacks on Australia.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds at the AUSMIN talks in Sydney.
Australia is expected to announce the commitment soon as US-Iran tensions remain high.
Linda Reynolds was today sworn in as defence industry minister and promoted into cabinet.
The prime minister is remaining stoic about the loss of a batch of ministers ahead of this year's election, but in truth it points to the Coalition's dim chances of re-election.
Linda Reynolds replaces Steve Ciobo as defence industry minister.
If the Coalition wins the election, Reynolds will replace the departing Christopher Pyne as defence minister.