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...

Opinion / McCormack’s bad handling of Broad scandal

IT took disgraced Nationals MP Andrew Broad 24 hours after the “sugar baby” story broke to announce the inevitable - that he won’t recontest...

Rudd says Murdoch media is a ‘political party’

FORMER prime minister Kevin Rudd has used an address to the Labor national conference to deliver a fresh swingeing attack on the Murdoch media,...

Broad quits frontbench amid ‘sugar baby’ allegation

  VICTORIAN Nationals MP Andrew Broad has been forced to quit as assistant minster to Deputy Michael McCormack after extraordinary claims about his exchanges with...

Grattan / David Hurley will be Australia’s new Governor-General

YESTERDAY (December 16) Scott Morrison announced that NSW Governor David Hurley will become Australia’s next Governor-General, succeeding Sir Peter Cosgrove.  The Prime Minister timed his...

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 / Liberal’s topsy turvy universe

IN the topsy turvy Liberal universe, just when the right is trying to tighten its grip on the throat of the party, the government...

Grattan / Political impasse stops protection for LGBT students passing

THE government’s bid to legislate this year to protect LGBT students from discrimination at religious schools has failed because of an impasse over the...

Grattan / Turnbull and his NEG continue to haunt the government

IF anyone needs further evidence of the self-defeating weird places the Liberals seem to find themselves in, consider what happened on Tuesday.  Malcolm Turnbull made...

Moore / Teens bring hope to the climate horizon

"The ACT has provided serious leadership in setting goals and targets to address climate change," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE

Grattan / Kelly triumphs in the ‘outwit, outplay, outlast’ game of Survivor

REBEL right wing Liberal Craig Kelly is a paradox – a man who chronically lacks the numbers but possesses the power to force prime...

Grattan / Turnbull versus Morrison in Liberal crisis over Kelly

SCOTT Morrison faces a major Liberal party crisis after Malcolm Turnbull moved to torpedo the Prime Minister’s plan to protect the preselection of controversial...

Grattan / Morrison’s authority deficit on show at home and abroad

WHEN a prime minister has diminished authority, people don’t bother so much with the niceties. Scott Morrison admitted on Wednesday that Julia Banks had not...

Grattan / Banks defects to crossbench as Morrison confirms May election

THE government has been delivered a fresh major blow with the defection of Victorian backbencher Julia Banks to the crossbench, delivering a swingeing attack...

Grattan / Government entangled in integrity commission issue

WHATEVER it does, the Morrison government seems to find itself caught on the sticky fly paper. As if it didn’t have trouble enough with...

Grattan / Labor lead adds to Liberals’ weekend of woe

LABOR has maintained a 55-45 per cent two-party lead in the latest Newspoll, in a weekend of woe for the Morrison government, which is...

Grattan / Is Labor’s energy policy scare-proof?

HOURS before Bill Shorten delivered his energy policy on Thursday (November 22), Scott Morrison’s office had circulated an attack.  Labor’s plan was for a “carbon...

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