The Commonwealth appear to hold the aces when it comes to state-federal funding, but the states have cards to play.
The stoush over GST redistribution followed a predictable script of squabbling between states; but now is the time for an alternative agenda.
Members of COAG listen to Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the top of this morning’s meeting at Parliament House.
States ready for arm wrestle with Abbott to get better deal on hospitals, schools.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dealing with a very different COAG to the last one he chaired.
Bitter battles about money hang heavily over the Council of Australian Governments meeting, though Tony Abbott wants it to concentrate on the less divisive topics.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to lowering taxes.
Tony Abbott has reaffirmed that the government's aim is "always to get taxes down" in a speech also saying that the May 12 budget will offset all new spending with "responsible and fair" savings.
Bill Glasson, pictured campaigning with Prime Minister Tony Abbott in the Griffith byelection, has confirmed he is a candidate to fill a Senate vacancy.
Former Australian Medical Association president Bill Glasson is in line to fill the Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Brett Mason.
Ideally, the cabinet should include four of the seven types of leaders - and only two of those make effective prime ministers.
Analysis of the mindsets and responses of thousands of senior leaders tells us only about 7% are likely to have the right stuff to lead effective government responses to wicked problems.
The competition policy review is just another difficult conversation for the Abbott government.
Big reforms in taxation and competition policy are on the table for the Abbott government, but has it spent too much political capital to get any of them across the line?
The Abbott government is running out of time to try to come up with new ideas and refresh its reason for being.
When it comes to producing a comprehensive, far-reaching policy regime – a coherent vision for Australia’s society and economy and how to turn it into reality – the government is only getting started.
The World Heritage Committee has called for a comprehensive assessment not just of the threats to the Great Barrier Reef, but of their cumulative effect.
AAP Image/Australian Institute for Marine Science, Ray Berkelmans
The government says it has met all of the recommendations for safeguarding the Great Barrier Reef. But a close reading of the dozens of UN recommendations shows that many have been only partly fulfilled.
Mike Baird has been rewarded for being upfront about a difficult issue, while Tony Abbott was less forthcoming before his election and lost many voters' trust as a result.
Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said the take out from the result was that "people are ready for reform as long as it's explained to them, and that's what Mike Baird did". It was a pointed comment.
Even for a government that has recently made an artform of policy backflips, the Abbott government’s belated, but seemingly inevitable decision to join China’s proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment…
If Tony Abbott had followed the John Howard prescription from the start he’d be much better off today.
Saturday's New South Wales election will be seen as a major test of whether a popular leader can sell the public a much-disliked economic reform policy.
Because their votes may be open to negotiation, crossbench senators often have the final say on the form, and passage, of legislation.
Instead of treating crossbenchers in parliament as a source of chaos and an aberration, we should recognise that they play a crucial role in shaping legislation as the constitution provides.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey need to align their budget narrative.
Until government leaders acknowledge Australia's structural deficit and stop obsessing about debt, voters will be left frustrated.
Shadow minister for families and payments Jenny Macklin at the launch of Labor’s pensions campaign.
Playing the slogan game might degrade the political debate, but it worked alright for Tony Abbott – so now Bill Shorten’s launched into it ahead of the May budget. Labor has unveiled its “Mr Abbott. Don’t…
Given Australia’s involvement in Iraq, Tony Abbott cannot dismiss human rights abuses by Iraqi security forces fighting Islamic State militants.
Australia has a clear obligation under international law to take action to stop abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law by the ISF and Shi’a militia.
From boyhood to late in life, Malcolm Fraser always seemed to be slightly removed from those around him.
Malcolm Fraser's record in public life was remarkable, ensuring he'd be remembered not only for his role in The Dismissal, but for how far apart he and the party he once led came to be.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott desperately needs to be projecting an air of stability.
One government man has an interesting theory on why Tony Abbott mightn't mind talk of a double dissolution election. The PM finds governing very hard – and would love to be back on the campaign trail.
The constitutional status, rights and obligations of Australian citizens are by no means clear, despite recent legislative reforms.
Australia's Constitution contains few constitutional rights or protections, and most of those that do exist are not predicated on citizenship.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that he still expected to return the budget to balance in about five years.
Tony Abbott is making a particular hash of his messaging this week. The prime minister – and some other senior ministers too (think Treasurer Joe Hockey) – often throws out lines seemingly without much…