Riots, disobedience and the philosophy of protests [TED Talk Video]

July 29, 2021

  From Hong Kong to France, political protest is rarely off the news these days. But what tactics are morally justified when resisting injustice? A common view among media and politicians is that protest should always be “civil”, avoiding...[Read More]

The PM’s dilemma: 747 or 24/7 governing

August 28, 2019

Katina Curtis, AAP Senior Political Writer(Australian Associated Press)   Prime ministerial travel is a tricky business. There’s a certain amount of time overseas needed to maintain Australia’s standing in the world and protect our...[Read More]

Bishop calls for 50% women in fed parly

August 14, 2019

(Australian Associated Press)   Former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop says women need to take up 50 per cent of federal parliamentary seats before the toxic misogyny she witnessed during her 20-year political career ends. Ms Bishop, who...[Read More]

Changes to farmer welfare pass parliament

July 31, 2019

Matt Coughlan(Australian Associated Press)   A fortnightly welfare payment for farmers doing it tough will have a permanent asset test of $5 million, up from $2.6 million. The Morrison government made changes to the Farm Household Allowance an...[Read More]

Budget surplus over roads, rail: treasurer

July 10, 2019

Angus Livingston, AAP National Economics Writer(Australian Associated Press)   Experts want more infrastructure spending to boost the economy, but Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says delivering a budget surplus is the key priority for the federal...[Read More]

What happens on first day of parliament

July 3, 2019

Paul Osborne(Australian Associated Press)   MAIN EVENTS FOR OPENING OF 46TH PARLIAMENT * Church service * Welcome to country * Clerks in both houses call the parliament together * Procession to Senate chamber for parliament opening by Chief...[Read More]

Morrison faces easier Senate post-election

June 19, 2019

Marnie Banger and Rebecca Gredley(Australian Associated Press)   Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have a less complicated job of getting bills through parliament after a Senate election results were finalised. Coalition Senate negotiators...[Read More]

Scott Morrison sworn in as prime minister, meet the cabinet

May 29, 2019

Daniel McCulloch and Paul Osborne(Australian Associated Press)   There are plenty of kangaroos in the grounds of Government House. But Ken Wyatt has made history by being the first cabinet minister to wear a kangaroo skin to a function in...[Read More]

What’s in Scott Morrison’s in-tray?

May 22, 2019

(Australian Associated Press)   WHAT’S ON IMMEDIATE AGENDA FOR GOVERNMENT * Caretaker period is now officially over * Swearing in of cabinet and wider ministry * Parliament, possibly opening in late June * Passing the federal budget...[Read More]

Morrison secures 76 seats for majority

May 22, 2019

Paul Osborne(Australian Associated Press)   Prime Minister Scott Morrison will have the 76 seats he needs to govern in majority, but could have up to two more. The Australian Electoral Commission took the Victorian seat of Chisholm off the...[Read More]

Govt plan to improve young people’s health

May 8, 2019

Marnie Banger(Australian Associated Press)   Preventing illnesses is at the heart of a new plan to improve the health of young Australians over the coming decade. The Morrison government has released its national action plan for the health of...[Read More]

Key seats to watch in federal election

April 17, 2019

Paul Osborne(Australian Associated Press)   KEY SEATS TO WATCH IN FEDERAL ELECTION 2019 (Based on marginality, curiosity or candidates of interest) Note: Actual margins from 2016 election can be found in brackets after seat name. Some seats...[Read More]

How Australia gets to a federal election

April 17, 2019

Matt Coughlan(Australian Associated Press)   FEDERAL ELECTION: HOW WE GET HERE With the budget brought forward a month to April 2, the prime minister is now expected to announce a May 18 poll.   The Australian Electoral Commissioner finds...[Read More]

Morrison targets health, Labor the economy

April 10, 2019

Angus Livingston(Australian Associated Press)   Scott Morrison is going after Labor’s political edge on health, but the opposition is pushing back to take on the coalition’s strength on the economy. The prime minister announced more...[Read More]

Budget’s winners and losers

April 3, 2019

(Australian Associated Press)   Winners and losers in the 2019 federal budget.   WINNERS Taxpayers – $158 billion of additional tax relief for those earning up to $126,000 a year West Australians – Rules around $69 billion GST...[Read More]