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“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.
Inside a strip search booth used at music festivals. New research has found strip searches have increased 20 fold in the last 12 years. Obtained by Redfern Legal Centre from NSW Police Force under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW)

Unlawful strip searches are on the rise in NSW and police aren’t being held accountable

In a non-policing context, having to perform such acts would be a serious assault. This is why strip searches are meant to be a last resort and only used in serious and urgent circumstances.
Victoria Police inspect the scene after Sunday morning’s brawl in which six people were injured, one critically. AAP/Julian Smith

When it comes to violent brawls, does Victoria need more ‘force’?

After a violent brawl involving African Australians on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested Victoria Police needed to take a firmer hand – but it's far more complicated than that.
Police guard the blockade line in Martin Place, Sydney, during the siege of the Lindt Cafe in December 2014. AAP/Jeff Tan

Should we negotiate with terrorist hostage takers?

Not every terrorist hostage taker will be open to hostage negotiations. But everything we know from psychology tells us that some of them might be.

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