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‘State actor’ hacks networks of major political parties

“A SOPHISTICATED state actor” has hacked the networks of the major political parties, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told Federal Parliament. Recently the Parliament House...

Grattan / Labor’s lead cut in latest Ipsos poll

THE government has substantially narrowed the two-party gap in the Ipsos poll – it now trails Labor by just 49-51 per cent, compared with...

Grattan / What does ‘reopening’ Christmas Island really mean?

THE Morrison government, politically-speaking, is trying to do a loaves-and-fishes exercise with the medevac legislation, over which the parliament defied the executive this week.  It...

Grattan / Morrison may reopen the Christmas Island detention centre

SCOTT Morrison has foreshadowed the re-opening of the Christmas Island detention facility, announcing his government would be stepping up border security after the medical...

Grattan / Morrison government defeated on medical bill

THE government has suffered a historic defeat in the House of Representatives, with Labor and crossbenchers passing the legislation facilitating medical transfers from Manus...

Grattan / Crossbenchers must decide on medical transfers bill

THE fate of the legislation facilitating medical evacuations from Manus and Nauru depends on the response of the crossbenchers to compromise amendments Labor is...

Grattan / Morrison promises $78 million to combat domestic violence

IN a speech today (February 11), with the theme of “Keeping Australians safe and secure”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is committing about $78 million...

Kenny / Could Tony Abbott lose to an independent?

STRANGELY enough, there’s a link between “Kevin07” as an electoral phenomenon and the recent successes of independents such as Kerryn Phelps (Wentworth), Cathy McGowan...

Grattan / Suspense over medical transfers bill goes down to the wire

THE battle over the medical transfers legislation has become something of a thriller for political tragics.  The government is desperate to head off a defeat...

Grattan / Morrison plays scare card on medical transfer bill

AS the battle escalates ahead of next week’s vote on legislation to facilitate medical transfers from Manus and Nauru, Scott Morrison is playing up...

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 / Bowen fires back in economy debate

IN his first economic speech of the year Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said workers are being denied “a fair go”.  “Under the Liberals, the economy...

Grattan / McGowan stays quiet after removal of refugee children

THE government has finalised the removal of the last children from Nauru, as it battles to head off a parliamentary defeat on legislation to...

Grattan / Agriculture Department won’t release live sheep video

OFFICIAL reports and photos from observers appointed by the government covering eight live export voyages from April to June last year have documented further...

Grattan / Coalition commits to creating more jobs

A RE-ELECTED Coalition government would create 1.25 million jobs over the next five years, Scott Morrison will promise as he campaigns on the next...

Grattan / Liberals stir the culture war pot but who’s listening?

AS a new round of the culture wars bubbles, West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith has urged that we should legislate to “protect” the...

Grattan / Gilmore candidate triggers implosion

SCOTT Morrison’s controversial move to install former Labor party president Warren Mundine as Liberal candidate in the ultra-marginal NSW seat of Gilmore has triggered...

Grattan / Frydenberg warns of economic waves ahead

TREASURER Josh Frydenberg warned that Australia must navigate difficult economic currents in coming days, in a speech setting the government’s policy in a framework...

Grattan / O’Dwyer’s decision turns the spotlight onto Bishop

THE political down time over summer can be something of a respite for an embattled government. But for Scott Morrison, it has just brought...

Grattan / 2018, the year of governing badly

LOOKING back on the federal politics of 2018, voters can conclude they’ve been given a rough trot.  What’s been dubbed “the permanent election campaign” to...

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