Burgeoning tax revenues have enabled Treasurer Scott Morrison to bring down a budget that will put the government in a better position to fight the next election.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.
From Morrison's point of view, McCormack's imagery was totally out of whack with his desired framing. Even within the Nationals there is some criticism of the leader for being inept.
Labor has capitulated to pressure to exempt pensioners from its plan to end cash refunds for dividend imputation credits.
Labor retains a 53-47% unchanged two-party lead in the latest Newspoll.
Michelle Grattan discusses the week in Australian politics with Nicholas Klomp.
Barnaby Joyce, supposedly on 'leave', is out in the media as part of his fightback against those who would like him out of the deputy prime ministership.
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.
The drawn-out process of Australia legalising marriage equality has finally come to a close, with a bill passing the lower house by an overwhelming majority on Thursday.
Seldom is a government's impotence and frustration as much on display as it was when Malcolm Turnbull finally capitulated and announced he would set up a banking royal commission.
Labor's 'dark vision' that valued 'envy and populism' over growth would suffocate Australia's economy, Scott Morrison has said.
What's still missing in the religious freedoms debate is any clarity around what people think they won't be able to do, or where the existing laws are likely to fail to protect them.
Treasurer Scott Morrison recently asserted that an increase in profits is a prerequisite for wages growth. But is his position supported by data?
As he grapples with the power issue, Malcolm Turnbull has swung increasing emphasis onto coal.
The lack of moderates in the Liberals' succession list is notable, given Christopher Pyne's ill-judged boast to the faction that it was in the 'winners' circle'.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Tony Abbott told a Liberal branch meeting in the Deakin electorate of Michael Sukkar that 'just at the moment … we're at a bit of a low ebb'.
Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.