Australia’s now a nation in self-isolation

Morrison has stressed Australia is not in shut down. Not officially. But out of a combination of alarm, caution and government measures to contain the virus’s spread, many activities have shut down and more do so every day, writes political columnist MICHELLE GRATTAN.

Grattan / North Korea tells Australia it is acting suicidally by joining war games

THE North Korean regime has lashed out at Australia, describing its participation in current military exercises with the US and South Korea as “a...

Grattan / The implosion of Turnbull’s ‘big idea’ will raise further doubts about his...

PREMIERS and chief ministers on Friday delivered a humiliating public blow to Malcolm Turnbull, bluntly telling him they didn’t want even to think about...

Grattan on Friday / Winter risks are greater for Shorten than Abbott

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THE parliamentary budget session has ended with Tony Abbott having reason to feel a good deal more confident than Bill...

Moore / Poll shock a big win for accountability

"The clearest message from this election is that Australians have rejected the idea that a political party has a 'mandate' to… discard their election promises and to run a three-year dictatorship," writes MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan on Friday: Budget lays election foundation, but Turnbull bungles

EVER since Malcolm Turnbull announced he’d call an election for July 2 if the Senate defied him, we’ve been counting down towards Sunday’s formal...

Grattan / Clive Palmer to Chinese: I’m sorry

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra PUP leader Clive Palmer has made a grovelling apology to the Chinese for his extraordinary outburst on television, in...

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. 

Grattan / Tony Abbott says he’ll stay around – because he’s needed

THE tensions in the Liberal Party are deepening, with Tony Abbott launching a new broadside on Tuesday and Malcolm Turnbull slamming the door on...

Humphries on GetUp!

ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries writes: Ever since polling day, we've all known that the 43rd parliament was certainly going to be an interesting one,...

Eden-Monaro byelection set for July 4

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.

Grattan / Turnbull’s rush for an energy ‘announceable’ sows confusion

BARNABY Joyce looks like he’s doing it tough. Day after day, he sits behind Malcolm Turnbull in Question Time, facing Labor’s unrelenting attack on...

Grattan / Q&A affair has become theatre of the absurd

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra HAS Q&A put some spell of madness over the government and their media mates? A straightforward case of the public broadcaster...

Grattan / Government targets ALP’s Kitching over union past

THE government is targeting Kimberley Kitching, Labor’s controversial Senate replacement for Stephen Conroy, over her union past ahead of this week’s House of Representatives...

Grattan / Liberals’ line of succession is anybody’s guess

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THIS week’s Ipsos Fairfax poll on preferred leaders underlines the fact that there is no obvious heir apparent to...

Grattan / Turnbull proposes all MPs make declarations on citizenship

THE Turnbull government is trying to limit the damage from the citizenship crisis with a plan to have all MPs make declarations about their...

Grattan / Bob Brown supports marriage plebiscite as a last resort

Former Greens leader Bob Brown has said the door should be kept open for a plebiscite if that is the only way of achieving...

Carol Mills speaks out on her Westminster row

CAROL Mills, the Secretary of the Department of Parliamentary Services, has issued an extraordinary statement in the wake of recent fevered media reporting in...

Grattan / Greens senator Larissa Waters forced out of parliament

THE Greens have lost a second senator in less than a week for having dual citizenship, with Larissa Waters forced to resign on Tuesday...

Morrison announces a further $66 billion for economic support

The package of cash and credit to prop up businesses, protect jobs where possible and assist those whose jobs can’t be saved as well as welfare recipients and low income earners, writes MICHELLE GRATTAN.

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