“STATE-sanctioned money laundering” is the description that Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie applied to the action of the federal Labor and Liberal parties when they weakened our electoral donation laws, writes MICHAEL MOORE.
The outbreak is a setback the goal of having most of Australia open by Christmas – although Scott Morrison yesterday (November 16) was quick to say he hoped it would not stymie that timetable, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Labor are beset by divisions that have been on view for months but have now erupted spectacularly, with the resignation of resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon from the frontbench, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Whether the story goes somewhere or nowhere, one thing seems clear. The hopes of 50-year-old Porter – who switched to federal politics after an impressive state career – of ever reaching prime minister are in the mud, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
To the casual observer, politics might seem like a game at times, but the outcome of elections can be instant and extreme, not least for those MLAs who lose their seats, writes political reporter BELINDA STRAHORN
"Anyone with experience knows that these consultations are a complete sham. They are about announcing what's about to be done in your suburb or on important urban spaces – and now you know, consider yourself consulted," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"Decades of Labor government have seen Canberra transitioning to a Melbourne-like downtown with leadership from developers rather than planners. Unfortunately, under this agreement, the ability for the Greens to manage this accountability has been severely constrained," writes MICHAEL MOORE.
A Biden presidency would put Australia on the spot over climate change. This is expected increasingly to become a major issue for the Morrison government internationally in 2021, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Morrison, while cautioning that there was no assurance of an effective vaccine, said: “By securing multiple COVID-19 vaccines we are giving Australians the best shot at early access to a vaccine, should trials prove successful," writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.