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Following conflicting accounts on whether there was a deal, Richard di Natale said Cormann had ‘walked over to senator Lambie and said, “Is it OK if I say there’s no deal?” We heard you say it’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Medevac repealed after government comes to secret arrangement with Jacqui Lambie

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.
“The government was totally taken by surprise” when the One Nation senators and Jacqui Lambie voted against the ensuring integrity legislation, says Michelle Grattan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the defeat of the government’s union legislation

University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Leigh Sullivan and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the year's final parliamentary sitting week.
“[The Westpac scandal] comes at a bad time for the government which has legislation before parliament to crack down on union behaviour that goes off the rails, and here you have business behaviour being even worse,” says Michelle Grattan. Joel Carrett/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Westpac scandal - and changes to robo-debt

University of Canberra VC Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss this week in politics, and talk about what to expect in the last parliamentary sitting fortnight, which starts this Monday.
Protesters holding a vigil last year for deceased asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei, who died in a Brisbane hospital due to an infection at the Manus Island detention centre in 2014. Darren England/AAP

The evidence is clear: the medevac law saves lives. But even this isn’t enough to alleviate refugee suffering

A Senate report details the high need for refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to be able to seek medical care in Australia. The fate of the medevac law now rests in Jacqui Lambie's hands.
Henderson beat Greg Mirabella 234 to 197 after other runners were eliminated. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Sarah Henderson wins her way back to parliament

After losing her marginal seat of Corangamite at the election, Sarah Henderson is set to return to parliament after winning preselection for a Victorian Senate vacancy.
After a bruising election result for GetUp, national director Paul Oosting is in Canberra this week to work on press freedom. Joel Carrett

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics

Paul Oosting responds to GetUp’s critics. The Conversation, CC BY29.1 MB (download)
GetUp's national director Paul Oosting joins Michelle Grattan to respond to critics who accuse the organisation of "creating an environment...[of] abuse, harassment, intimidation".
Jacqui Lambie with Centre Alliance senators, who threw their support behind the government’s $158 billion income tax cuts, guaranteeing the package will become law. Sam Mooy/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the 46th parliament’s first week, and Jacqui Lambie

After a hectic first week for the new parliament, Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about Jacqui Lambie's role in helping pass the government's tax cuts, and a further cut to interest rates - now 1%.
The medevac law was passed to streamline the process for emergency medical evacuation of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. Thirty-one people have been transferred since its passage. Refugee Action Coalition

Peter Dutton is whipping up fear on the medevac law, but it defies logic and compassion

With parliament sitting next week, the home affairs minister is pressuring Labor to support a repeal of the medevac law. But the law has worked just as it was intended.
Though anticipated, Bishop’s departure is another blow for the. woman-poor Liberal party. Sam Mooy/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Bishop’s boots were made for walking

Bishop's claim she'd reconsidered her plans on the basis she believed the government will be re-elected doesn't wash. She was always expected to bail out – it was a matter of when she'd say so.

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