Arthur Sinodinos, former minister and Australia’s ambassador-designate to Washington, has warned that the media is becoming a polarised “battleground”, which is dangerous for democracy and science.
As a parliament that will be unmourned winds down to the election, this fortnight has been the season for goodbyes from those departing (voluntarily).
As both sides played the tactics, a remarkable thing happened in the House of Representatives: behaviour improved 100 per cent, with none of the usual screaming and exchanges of insults.
Ministers scrapping publicly over whether our embassy should be relocated is adding to the perception of government disunity and fanning the friction the issue has already caused with our neighbours, writes Michelle Grattan.
Scott Morrison, unless his prayers for a political miracle are answered, will go down as the fireman who arrived late armed only with leaky buckets to confront a building ablaze and collapsing.
It’s very hard for a crossbencher to get into the House of Representatives. But when they do, these small players can be difficult to blast out, for reasons revealed again in research carried out in the South Australian seat of Mayo this week.