Grattan / Shorten scores own goals on tax and Adani with Batman ‘soft’ voters

GIVEN how important Saturday’s Batman byelection is for Bill Shorten’s political momentum, it is very odd – to say the least – that the...

Grattan / Turnbull’s reshuffle: Pyne, Nationals winners; conservatives get little

CABINET minister Christopher Pyne and the Nationals are winners in Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle, which has promoted only one new conservative Liberal face to...

Grattan / Shorten wants to legislate on Hayne recommendations

AS Labor seeks to get maximum political mileage from the banking royal commission report, Bill Shorten on Tuesday (February 5) asked Scott Morrison for...

Grattan / Evidence of NT detention centre abuse was there for all to see

IT is surely extraordinary it took a Four Corners program, excellent as it was, to force the attention of Northern Territory and federal politicians...

Dramatic moments from the 43rd Parliament

“THE Hansard Monologues” should do for the 43rd Parliament of Australia what “The Vagina Monologues” did for the female body—present it in a new...
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Grattan / Gas export restrictions imposed to ensure domestic supply

THE Turnbull government will impose restrictions on the export of Australian gas to boost domestic supplies and lower prices.  The drastic measure – a key...

Grattan / Arms runs likely to be step to deeper Australian role against Islamic...

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WHEN Tony Abbott says he doesn’t want to get ahead of himself on Australia’s Middle East commitment – specifically...

Moore / Big Tobacco’s galling grab for kids’ data

“When British American Tobacco decided to launch an FOI into the Australian Secondary Schools Alcohol and other Drugs survey it put the lie to one of Big Tobacco’s claims that it is only interested in selling its lethal product to adults," says political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan / After last year’s “crazy brave” comes the hangover budget

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra THIS is a budget for when the economy has gone soft and the political situation is precarious. The bold reforming zeal,...

Grattan on Friday / Turnbull should move to add justice to Closing the Gap...

WHEN he became prime minister Tony Abbott brought the Indigenous affairs portfolio under the umbrella of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)....

Grattan on Friday / Abbott has been determined to leave nothing undone in the...

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra A week ago Tony Abbott caught the mood of the nation when he quickly adopted the toughest rhetoric in...

Grattan / The ‘China factor’ is an unknown in Bennelong but a big issue...

THE stakes in Saturday’s Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher. While both Liberal and Labor camps predict John Alexander will hold on against the...

Grattan / Dastyari forced off frontbench

LABOR senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Opposition Leader Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable. Shorten reached his conclusion...

Wimpy Labor fails to fight the good fight

Labor has failed to understand the importance of fighting the good fight and, where necessary, going down screaming, says MICHAEL MOORE

Zed to be Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

MALCOLM Turnbull has just announced a cabinet reshuffle. "CityNews" will have the full list shortly but for Canberra the big news is that our own...

Grattan / Bill Shorten faces a summer of uncertainty

IT is not impossible that the Greens, who started the citizenship crisis with the resignation of then-senator Scott Ludlam, could end up winners from...

Grattan / Is Scott Morrison getting ahead of Malcolm Turnbull in the GST debate?

SCOTT Morrison has become a true believer in the cause of raising the GST, determined to drive a major switch in the tax mix....

Grattan / Abbott says he will run for another term

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has ended months of speculation by confirming he will renominate for his Sydney seat of Warringah. His decision will be...

Grattan / Government’s energy plan still under wraps while Abbott shouts his from afar

SPEAKING in a light and bright FM radio interview on Tuesday, Malcolm Turnbull said that in politics, “just being chilled, calm is very important....

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