A T-shirt worn by a cannabis advocate during a court hearing on the legality of the plant in South Africa.
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Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
Veteran South African politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi addressing parliament in 2019.
Mangosuthu Buthelezi deserves better than being dismissed as an apartheid stooge. But he deserves little praise as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties.
Former South African President FW De Klerk at the opening of parliament recently. The Economic Freedom Fighters objected to his presence.
It seems that former president FW De Klerk continues to find it hard to accept that apartheid was a crime against humanity.
Scott Morrison dodged a bullet when the Nationals clung on to Michael McCormack. There was palpable relief when the news came through to the Liberals. “We still have a Coalition,” one MP was heard to say…
The result will be a deep relief to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who stood to be a big loser if forced to partner with Joyce.
The Nationals' meltdown has been triggered by the forced resignation of Bridget McKenzie, and while only a new deputy needed to be elected, Joyce has seized the opportunity to make his leadership run.
Despite the Nationals deputy leader resigning, the so-called "sports rorts" scandals is far from resolved.
‘Calls unfortunately weren’t made to the right people at the right time,’ said the Deputy PM.
Speaking with The Conversation's politics podcast, McCormack said in hindsight, it would have been better to have told Nationals who'd been agitating for the code that negotiations were underway.
The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’.
Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals.
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Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
McKenzie wrote to Hanson saying the code - which would inrease the negotiating power of milk producers - would be ready later this year, instead of next year as indicated earlier.
Following a deal with Hanson, some Queensland NSW Nationals were so furious that a leak canvassed mutterings about the possibility of a “spill” move against deputy leader Bridget McKenzie.
Tim Fischer and his hat at the National Press Club in Canberra in 2012.
Former Austrade chief economist Tim Harcourt reflects on the quirky and kind Tim Fischer.
Tim Fischer aboard a one-off passenger train last month to raise money for the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre trust fund.
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Tim Fischer leaves behind a political and personal legacy. He defied sceptics, managed his troops, and the support he provided to John Howard was crucial in achieving gun control.
Raymond Louw, right, with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, middle, and veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu in 2015.
Raymond Louw will be remembered as a man of unbending principle.
It is often forgotten that the Liberals cannot govern without the support of the Nationals, and this has been the case for almost 100 years.
The National Party has the opportunity to use its role within the Coalition to exercise its influence on behalf of rural Australia.
Barnaby Joyce will be on leave for a week from Monday.
On Wednesday Barnaby Joyce shored up support within the Nationals to continue as leader, but on Thursday he was seriously on the back foot.
Barnaby Joyce on Tuesday morning issued multiple apologies.
Barnaby Joyce's greatest protection in the short term remains the absence of a strong alternative.
Malcolm Turnbull broke out his leather jacket this week and tried to shrug off the tensions consuming his party.
As this year ebbs away, Malcolm Turnbull's hold on the leadership will become more precarious if there is no lift in those relentless Newspolls.
Cyril Ramaphosa celebrates his election as deputy president of South Africa’s embattled governing ANC.
Cyril Ramaphosa is in pole position to become president of South Africa's ruling ANC, 20 years after he lost the position by Thabo Mbeki. But, it won't be easy. Neither will rebuilding the party.
South African President Jacob Zuma kneels as a pastor prays for him.
Once again South Africa is facing the challenge of a compromised relationship between the state and the church. Is Nelson Mandela inadvertently responsible?
As the Nationals’ chief whip, George Christensen has a central role in keeping the party in line.
Bizarre as it might seem George Christensen, the rebel MP who threatened to cross the floor unless the government changed the superannuation package, is the Nationals’ chief whip. After the election Nationals…