"It takes just two government ministers to postpone an ACT election. This is an astonishing power. The Assembly is not needed… This extreme power is in place for unusual and disrupting circumstances such as an earthquake. Or perhaps a pandemic!" writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
Gillard’s misogyny speech and her time as our first woman prime minister changed the way that politics and sexism were talked about in Australia and highlighted the toxic nature of parliament, writes political scientist BLAIR WILLIAMS.
The relationship between Christian and Sally can be seen now as a significant contributor to Scott Morrison’s bid, outlined this week, to seek a consensus approach to reforming the industrial relations landscape, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.
The road out of this crisis will be very tough for many people. Extensive reform is often painful. Whether the Australian public will be in the mood for it as they cope with the aftermath of such a trauma is an open question, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"The manner in which the announcement was made about cancelling access to the North Curtin paddocks is being taken as a condescending act towards the recreational activities of a group of Canberra women," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.
"The overall evidence coming from NAPLAN results should be an embarrassment to this government. Toughing it out and making excuses will not help ACT school students," says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
"The fact the ACT government is resting on its laurels is increasingly apparent. Its obsessive mantra that it is the most progressive government in Australia always brings to my mind Bruce Springsteen’s 'Glory Days'," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.
Speaker Tony Smith has announced July 4 for the byelection in the Labor NSW seat of Eden-Monaro, which will be the first electoral test between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
"The US is well experienced at blaming others when it comes to the spread of disease. There is significant evidence, for example, that the 1918-19 so-called Spanish flu originated in Kansas," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE.
An overwhelming 90 per cent believe the US has performed badly. The US is rated at the bottom of a list of six countries, also including Singapore, the United Kingdom and Italy, in how well COVID has been handled, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Frydenberg is being tested for COVID-19 and staying in isolation after having a major coughing fit in the House of Representatives while delivering his statement on the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.
Most unusually for an economic downturn, incomes rose throughout the quarter, pushed higher by a 6.2 per cent increase in government payments related to COVID-19 and the bushfires, writes PETER MARTIN.