Scott Morrison will use his first major 2020 speech to press his plan for more federal government power to intervene directly when there are natural disasters, including by deploying the defence force without requests from the states.
The government appears set to secure Senate support this week for tough legislation to crack down on bad behaviour in the union movement, after the near finalisation of an agreement with Centre Alliance for several significant changes.
Scott Morrison has a good deal riding on Donald Trump winning re-election next year, and tied himself to the President to a remarkable degree during his week in the US – but it’s a trip that will carry some costs, writes Michelle Grattan.
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).
Meanwhile in Canberra… politics this year has seen a series of meltdowns. Will 2019 offer respite from the chaos?
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.