Australia’s approach is welcome but doesn’t go far enough. New Zealand’s plans are much bolder. Here’s how they compare.
We have reached a hinge point in the pandemic, and coming weeks pose a huge challenge for political leaders. The community has moved on from COVID. But COVID has not moved on from the community. It has dug in.
Health Minister Mark Butler warns COVID wave will worsen
Michelle Grattan speaks with Health Minister Mark Butler about Australia's new COVID crisis and striking a new response
Michelle Grattan discusses the political week that was with Emma La Rouche from the University of Canberra’s Media and Communications team.
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Primary care and COVID will be the top two challenges for new government. But the likely ministers have strong credentials.
Documents show Pfizer reached out in June 2020 for a personal meeting with federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, but instead the contact was left to a senior health department official.
Mark Butler on the vaccine rollout and democracy in the Labor Party.
Michelle Grattan discusses the vaccine rollout, aged sector, and internal Labor politics with shadow minister Mark Butler
Fitzgibbon’s right-wing parliamentary colleagues seemed to accept his public undermining of Mark Butler. It will be interesting to see if they permit the same treatment of Bowen.
Chris Bowen will replace Mark Butler as climate and energy spokesman, signalling a shift on a difficult policy area for Labor.
Joel Fitzgibbon on Labor climate policy and leadership.
Michelle Grattan discusses labor climate policy and internal politics with former front bencher Joel Fitzgibbon
Mark Butler expresses his confidence in the Labor party's climate change policy, especially in light of the next election.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members.
Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia’s responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply.
The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It’s also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
Butler rejected Fitzgibbon’s proposal saying the government’s target ‘is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris agreement’.
Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor’s climate change target into line with the government’s immediately torpedoed by the party’s climate spokesman Mark Butler.
Butler painted the May 2019 defeat darkly, calling on Labor to “not sugar coat the result”.
Former national president of the ALP Mark Butler called for a root and branch overhaul of policy on Monday, in sharp contrast with the current ALP president, Wayne Swan.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg have been forced to back down on plans to legislate emissions reductions for the electricity sector.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned the emissions-reduction component of his signature energy policy, in the latest chapter of a brutal decade-long saga for Australian climate policy.
As ACTU secretary, Sally McManus has proven effective at elevating the debate over workplace reform.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
Politics podcast: Mark Butler on energy uncertainty.
Opposition climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler has written about the toxic divisions on energy policy in a recent book.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Malcolm Turnbull told parliament on Tuesday he and Josh Frydenberg are in discussions with AGL about keeping Liddell operating beyond 2022.
AGL has delivered an initial sharp rebuff to Malcolm Turnbull’s plea to extend the life of the Liddell coal-fired power station by at least five years.