UPDATED | Pauline Hanson’s chief-of-staff James Ashby has been banned from parliament after an ugly physical fight with United Australia Party senator Brian Burston.
The Coalition continues to lag Labor in the latest Newspoll after three ministers quit ahead of this year’s election.
Victorian independent MP Cathy McGowan will retire from politics after her supporters anointed rural health researcher Dr Helen Haines to replace her.
Labor has promised to abolish a controversial work-for-the-dole scheme meant to help indigenous people in remote Australia if it wins the next federal election.
Scott Morrison has fended off criticism of a proposed national integrity commission, warning against a NSW-style “kangaroo court” model with frequent public hearings.
Labor looks set to avoid a bruising stoush on refugee policy at the party’s national conference, with key factional players locking in behind offshore processing and boat turnbacks.