Grattan / Unions likely to be challenging for a Shorten

IN this week’s Newspoll 55 per cent believed Labor would win next year’s election, compared with just 24 per cent who thought the Coalition...

Grattan / Former Home Affairs officer calls for all refugees to be brought to...

A FORMER Home Affairs officer who worked in the refugee area has called for the resettlement of all refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru...

Canberra/Fraser pre-selection: revolution with a dash of pro-choice pap

Normally the candidates are nominated and deals done in advance so the voting process is all a bit of a sham, but yesterday "Canberra Times" reporter Chris Johnson warned of a rank and file uprising against the capital's would be king-makers.

Grattan / Israel’s closer to phasing out live sheep and cattle imports

THE controversial live sheep trade has been dealt a fresh blow with the Israeli government giving support to a bill that would phase out...

Grattan on Friday / Turnbull and Shorten play to voters who are yet to...

Resembling a rough game of ice hockey, the 2016 campaign already has seen slips, slides and own goals. Neither side has scored a big...

Grattan / A Dutton win gives the conservatives a stranglehold on the party’s throat

THE Liberals stand at a crossroads. As Malcolm Turnbull flagged on Thursday, this battle is about an attempt to drag the party to the...

Grattan on Friday: An assertive Turnbull steps out and shapes up

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra WAS Malcolm Turnbull being forensically honest, or poking the anthill with a stick? Either way, his comments on Thursday’s 7.30...

Grattan / Leaky Liberals spill the beans again

FOR the second time in a little over a week, the Liberal Party has been embarrassed by leaked audio of frank comments from a...

Grattan on Friday / Turnbull’s double-dissolution hand could be strengthened by final pitch to...

WHAT might be Malcolm Turnbull’s worst nightmare, apart from losing the election? Scraping back as a minority government, with Tony Windsor in balance of...
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Grattan / Turnbull announces schools funding and a new Gonski review

THE Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a substantial funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski –...

Grattan on Friday / Turnbull sees even a difficult new Senate as an opportunity...

MALCOLM Turnbull says bluntly that he expects the coming special Senate sitting to reject the industrial legislation. Labor’s Penny Wong indicates the opposition won’t...
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Grattan on Friday: The Finkel plan will test Malcolm Turnbull’s ability to deliver significant...

FOR Malcolm Turnbull, implementing the Finkel plan for energy security – or a credible form of it – is a legacy issue, as well...

Grattan on Friday: Being a “better government” will be a big job

By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra AFTER getting a serious bollocking from Ray Hadley on Thursday, Tony Abbott told the Sydney shock jock that he’s...

Grattan / Barnaby Joyce is telling the government to listen to politics in the...

THE impatience of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce with some among the Liberals is palpable.  The Nationals leader just wishes they’d SHUT UP about Section...

Grattan / AGL board to consider Liddell extension or sale – but company pushes...

AGL has reluctantly agreed to the government’s request to take to its board proposals to extend the life of the coal-fired Liddell power plant...

Grattan / It’s time for Turnbull to put his authority on the line

AS Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull struggles with the National Energy Guarantee, the Liberals are in an existential moment – no less dramatic because in...

Grattan / Liberal partyroom slaps down same-sex marriage rebels

THE Liberal Party has voted overwhelmingly to put its same-sex marriage plebiscite legislation back to the Senate, in a decisive rejection of the push...

Grattan / Government gets a deal for $6.3 billion in savings to pass parliament

A GOVERNMENT-Labor deal will see the passage of A$6.3 billion in savings over the forward estimates in the Coalition’s omnibus bill. Its passage would...

Zed’s heroes? Abbott, Thatcher, and Reagan?

Walking down Bunda Street one can't help but admire Liberal Senator Zed Seselja's enormous head covering the exterior of his electoral office. But glancing through...

Grattan / Turnbull dodges on what happens after marriage plebiscite bill is defeated

The government will still put legislation for a February 11 same-sex marriage plebiscite to the Senate, despite Labor’s confirmation it will oppose the bill. Prime...

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