‘You have to think that with people like these very experienced, respected voices that the government would have to take the [climate change] debate seriously’, says Michelle Grattan about the calls from ex-fire chiefs for the government to act on climate change.
Michelle Grattan and Professor Geoff Crisp discuss this week in politics.
As bushfires continue to burn across NSW and Queensland, the Prime Minister and Opposition leader have said policy arguments should be avoided until the immediate crisis has passed, but many disagree.
Minister David Littleproud on bushfires, drought, and the Nationals.
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In this podcast, David Littleproud says "as elected officials, we've got a responsibility" to wait for the right time to talk about the link between climate change and the ongoing bushfires.
A dairy cow grazes on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra in 2015, as part of an industry event.
Pressure is mounting on Australia's dairy farmers, from farm gate prices to animal welfare concerns, and technology that could produce milk without cows.
‘More generally, this does reflect a lot of tension and angst within the National party,’ says Michelle Grattan on the Hanson dairy deal.
Michelle Grattan discusses this week in politics with University of Canberra Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher.
George Christensen and Bob Katter seem to be using the science replication crisis to cast doubt on research findings that farmers don’t like.
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Across science, only around half of published results can be successfully replicated. But while this is a serious problem, the proposed public audit looks like a political bid to cast doubt on science.
Molan is running a campaign urging people to vote for him “below the line” after he was relegated to an unwinnable fourth spot on the Senate ticket.
A furious NSW Nationals organisation has accused supporters of maverick Liberal senator Jim Molan of breaking the Coalition agreement and asked party members to urge people to vote “below the line”.
Australia Institute research found a rise in support for Palmer’s UAP.
Last June Morrison on Palmer's renewed political push Australians would say “the circus doesn’t need another sideshow.” Well, the sideshow's here and the Liberals are grabbing a prize from the wheel.
Deep Saini speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
The study would “identify viable locations for firm generation including coal, gas, pumped hydro, and biomass opportunities, including Collinsville and Gladstone.”
Twelve projects have been ticked under the Underwriting New Generation Investment program, although there will be no contracts before the election.
The Liberals are making much of the fact Berejiklian became the first woman to be elected as NSW premier.
For the federal Liberals, the night was a vital morale booster, though the result had been determined mostly on state factors.
Having been returned to power, the Berejiklian now has to deliver on its big promises.
The sense that the Berejiklian government had done enough to be re-elected proved correct, with a strong economy and a big infrastructure program enough to secure the Coalition a third term.
Students at the climate strike in Sydney on Friday.
Leigh Sullivan speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Morrison has been trying to show he’s heard the electorate on climate change.
The week highlighted, yet again, that instead of a credible energy
policy, the government has only confusion and black holes.
Barnaby Joyce on Monday turbocharged his push to regain the Nationals leadership with a media blitz.
One of the Nationals' key KPIs for McCormack has been that he must successfully pressure Morrison for the government to underwrite coal-fired generation.
Tony Abbott is being challenged in Warringah by Zali Steggall, who has climate policy at the centre of her platform.
The former prime minister has changed his mind yet again on the Paris targets, this time because he is under pressure in his seat of Warringah.
Morrison says the government has shown “the mettle to make the right calls on our nation’s security”.
The money includes $60 million - over the next three years - in grants for organisations to provide emergency accommodation for those escaping family violence.
McCormack acknowledges the big election challenges the Nationals face.
Michael McCormack on banks and the bush, and the election battle.
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Acknowledging the big challenges ahead for the Nationals at the election, he told The Conversation he is "not going to write Cowper off yet".
How the Morrison government’s grand tactical plan to overshadow Labor’s national conference went awry.
McCormack must live in a parallel universe if he ever thought Broad's account of flying off on an overseas date, followed by an apparent move to extract money from him, was just "a personal matter".
Amy, almost two decades younger than Broad who is 43, was quoted in New Idea as claiming he was not fit to represent Australia.
Broad has been forced to quit as assistant minster to McCormack after sensational claims about exchanges with a young woman he met through a "seeking arrangement" website.
Barnaby Joyce on facing the drought and rural women.
Some in the Nationals would like Barnaby Joyce back in the leadership before the election. Joyce says if the leadership were offered, he would be up for it - though he insists he is not canvassing.