The first week of the new parliament ends on a high for the government, with its $158 billion tax cut package passed, and the first stage of tax relief ready to flow in a week or so.
The government's election centrepiece – its $158 billion, three-stage tax package – is set to pass into law, as the key vote of crossbencher Senator Jacqui Lambie is confirmed.
The government's proposed income tax cut plan has put Labor into a bind and Pauline Hanson into a hissy fit.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.
It's reasonable to take Cormann at his word about missing that the change hadn't been processed. Even accepting this, however, the affair looks bad for Cormann, who failed the “Caesar's wife” test.
One would think ministerial staff would be particularly alert to Hanson motions, and think very carefully before concluding she was doing something as unlikely as putting forward an anti-racist one.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann said corporate tax cuts in the US had led to 'stronger investment, stronger growth, a lower unemployment rate and higher wages'. Let's take a closer look.
As speculation mounts there will be another leadership challenge sooner rather than later, the government has finally lost its bid to award tax cuts to big companies.
In announcing the retreat, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann reaffirmed that the government remained committed to the cuts, and cast the July 28 byelections as a referendum on them.
The voters are like sniffer dogs when it comes to character – if that hadn't been the case Mark Latham might have won the 2004 election.
Tim Storer has one hell of a decision to make shortly after the May budget, when the government plans to bring back its legislation to give tax cuts to big business.
The government's company tax cut for big business has received a further blow.
The government has been forced to put off a vote on its tax cut for big business.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Barnaby Joyce, the larger-than-life politician, has always been a distinctive brand. But then his personal flaws and indulgences cost him all he'd worked and schemed for.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Seven charts on the highlights from the government's mid year update of the budget.
The improvements in the government's debt position are entirely because of revisions in economic assumptions, not fantastic fiscal management.
The government hasn't abandoned its jobs and growth mantra in the budget update and remains optimistic despite lower growth and wages forecasts.