How hard is Scott Morrison willing to poke the panda? That's a question posed by the government's review of the Chinese company Landbridge's 99-year lease of the Port of Darwin.
Getting the right “balance” is one of the main challenges when framing and executing policies. The difficulties of achieving this are being exposed currently on two fronts – the repatriation of Australians and relations with China.
Tjapukai Shaw, the Air Force’s Indigenous liaison officer, on an outreach mission to Indigenous communities in a remote part of NSW in 2019.
These issues matter to our strategic allies, particularly in the Pacific. Dutton's climate change scepticism and attitudes toward First Nations people could have a damaging effect.
The difficult defence portfolio has had a swift turnover of ministers in recent decades. But with great challenges come great opportunities for Peter Dutton.
military watch-dog Neil James on Afghanistan, China, and Peter Dutton.
Michelle Grattan discusses the Australian military with executive director of the Australia Defence Associate, Neil James.
The political power of veterans is being put on show - as the government announces plans for a royal commission into veteran suicide.
When your back's against the wall, attack is not necessarily the best means of defence. With this in mind, the word from Scott Morrison to his ministers is, lay off the states.
For the first time, a woman has been appointed to the hawkishly masculine home affairs portfolio. Whether this will bring a change of approach on asylum seekers and other issues remains to be seen.
The government is speeding up the establishment of its planned $1 billion Sovereign Guided Weapons Enterprise, which aims to boost Australia's own defence production capabilities as it faces a deteriorating security outlook.
Detained refugees inside a compound at Darwin Airport where they have been held for a year while they wait for medical treatment.
Those who have been released have little financial or social support, confining them to lives of precarity, dependency and impoverishment in our community.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds faces an agonising question. Should she say to Scott Morrison that she doesn't feel up to staying in what is one of the most demanding portfolios in the government?
University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and Assistant Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
Scott Morrison will unveil on Thursday a cybersecurity package to give greater protection to Australian infrastructure.
Some changes in the new security bill submitted to parliament last week are welcome, but others require careful scrutiny, especially when the rights of children are at stake.
Josh Frydenberg is in isolation following a coughing fit in the House of Representatives.
A pared-down parliament will aim to pass the government's stimulus package in a single day's sitting on Monday.
Australia is under increasing threat from right-wing terrorism, and to properly combat it we need to understand it and offer better alternatives for those drawn to it.
Detention camps in Syria hold about 100,000 Syrian and foreign family members of IS suspects.
The Morrison government has shown no enthusiasm for repatriating the family members of IS fighters. But as other nations bring back their own fighters, Australia may find itself forced to act.
‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong.
Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
The government gutted the ranks of experienced decision-makers and made organisational changes that undermined the quality of its decisions.
From high staff turn-overs to filling the appeals tribunal with political allies, the Home Affairs department needs to clean its mess.