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How Morrison can shift the Coalition on climate change

Bushfires won’t change climate policy overnight. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison can shift the Coalition without losing face, says CHRIS WALLACE

How the government keeps failing Canberra

"Canberra is destined to be dominated by masses of boring metal and glass towers, there will be fewer trees, less biodiversity, little of cultural and heritage interest and it will be a city not designed to deal with climate change," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Election truly a good one for Labor to lose

"With the country on fire and the rivers drying up Australians are watching with growing amazement that Scott Morrison’s belief in 'miracles' extends to a blind denial of science and the evidence all around him," writes "Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Scott Morrison returns, with regret

Scott Morrison doesn't seem to grasp that while he likes to emphasise his relationship with the ordinary Australian, as prime minister he is not an ordinary Australian, says MICHELLE GRATTAN

Clear air, how good is Hawaii?

MICHELLE GRATTAN has a little fun imagining a missive from our holidaying Prime Minister, who has this morning announced he's cutting his Hawaiian break short to return to work.   

The year we let political trust take a dive

"Trust in our politicians and parliaments is deteriorating at an ever increasing rate. Putting party politics and personal interest above community interest has been seriously damaging to our democratic institutions.," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Climate winds blowing on Morrison from Liberal party’s left

The fires are putting pressure on the government by elevating the climate issue and opening new division among Liberals, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

First steps, but no plan for a healthy Canberra 

"Preventive health planning puts the lie to all politics being simply focused on the next election," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

Trust in government hits all-time low

Just one in four Australians have confidence in their political leaders and institutions, according to the ANU's latest election study.

Angus Taylor’s sloppy fact-checking goes international

It appears another case of Taylor being sloppy with facts and refusing to clean up his mess quickly, or at all, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Morrison cuts a swathe through the public service

Scott Morrison has announced a dramatic overhaul of the federal public service, cutting the number of departments and creating several new mega ones, while removing five secretaries.

Five secretaries go in public service restructure

Five departmental secretaries have been displaced in a major re-structure of the public service from 18 departments to 14. 

Government comes to secret arrangement with Jacqui Lambie

The government has finally secured the repeal of medevac by coming to an arrangement with crossbencher Jacqui Lambie, the terms of which she refused to disclose to the Senate because of “national security concerns”.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN offers a seasonal look at climate change.

‘Gormless’ Rattenbury should start the sackings

"If I was the Corrections Minister, I would sack every single one of the senior officers who thought it appropriate and reasonable to leave me swinging, in blissful ignorance, in the breeze," writes columnist JON STANHOPE. 

Developers bridle at restrictions of regulation

"Minister Gordon Ramsay says developers who do the right thing have nothing to fear. However, some prominent developers in Canberra would like to have no external checks and balances," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.

On climate disruption, the truth matters

"They say the first casualty of war is truth. Tragically, in the face of climate disruption, truth has long been a casualty," writes TIM HOLLO. 

Scott Morrison’s horror week of embarrassing failures

In the process, Taylor has been discredited, and Scott Morrison has been embroiled and embarrassed – or embarrassed himself, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN. 

Morrison’s controversial call about a ‘doctored document’

The political furore around Angus Taylor has escalated, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison having to defend his unconventional action of ringing NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller to inquire about the investigation into an alleged doctored document used by the energy minister, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

How the Greens failed climate change

"In their unwillingness to compromise, the Greens destroyed Australia’s best chance to establish an emissions trading system and to seek later improvements," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.





Le Couteur slams minister for bus-lane reduction

OUTGOING Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur has roundly criticised the government for removing a kilometre of bus lane on Adelaide Avenue.

My Summer / Tim Overall


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