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News August 24, 2018
Scott Morrison claims Liberal leadership
After a ‘disastrous week’ for the government, Scott Morrison has emerged as Australia’s next prime minister, defeating Peter Dutton in a Liberal party room vote. Josh Frydenberg will be deputy Liberal leader.
News August 18, 2018
Federal government ‘colludes’ to nobble Walker inquiry
The South Australian government’s refusal to extend the royal commission into the Murray–Darling finds it accused of collusion with the federal government.
News August 25, 2018
‘We know where the bodies are buried’
As Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership collapsed, with Scott Morrison replacing him, members of his own cabinet threatened to ‘open the bottom drawer’ and release a dirt file they believed would force him out of the leadership.
News August 18, 2018
Territory rights and assisted dying
David Leyonhjelm’s bill to permit the territories to pass assisted dying legislation was defeated despite argument it is as much about territory rights.
News August 11, 2018
Murray-Darling water scandal
Allegations that the Murray–Darling Basin Plan was compromised by government agency interference have emerged during the SA royal commission.
News August 04, 2018
High court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation
A Commonwealth challenge to South Australia’s Murray–Darling royal commission has become a state rights battleground with implications for the Constitution.
News July 28, 2018
Grubby tactics in the Super Saturday byelections
Further revelations of political bastardry in this weekend’s byelections, including accusations of solicited interviews, show how much is at stake for all parties.
News July 21, 2018
Frydenberg’s energy battle over coal
Trying to broker agreement in the Coalition on the best action on climate change appears to be a Sisyphean task as supporters of coal maintain their pressure.
News July 14, 2018
Inside the NAIF conflict machine
Two years since its launch, the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has approved only four loans and is beset by at least 33 conflict-of-interest declarations.
News July 07, 2018
Sexist abuse in the Senate
David Leyonhjelm’s sexist abuse of Sarah Hanson-Young has moved current and former female senators and MPs to reveal the parliament’s toxic culture.
News June 30, 2018
While the government continues to plot the demise of Bill Shorten, fresh threats may be again smouldering within his own party.
News June 23, 2018
Foreign influence bill pushed ahead
As the government pushes ahead with its foreign influence bill, concerns have been raised about plans for ‘transparency notices’, permitting public naming of non-compliant individuals or corporations without explanation.