#Australian Federal Politics

Politics

Politics

Dutton's New Childcare Centre Raises Fresh Section 44 Issues

5 min read

Labor could again move to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court over his financial interests in childcare centres, with questions over a new facility linked to the Minister for Home Affairs which may open in Townsville.

Politics

Politics

Wake Up Scott! Even The Wiggles Want The Kids Off Nauru

2 min read

A campaign to bring refugee children on Nauru to Australia has scored some new high-profile supporters.

Richie Merzian

Richie Merzian

Why Wentworth Was A Message To The Government On Climate Change

5 min read

If there’s one specific message that’s been sent, loud and clear, to the Morrison Government through the disastrous Wentworth by-election, it is 'do more on climate change'.

Jordon Steele-John

Jordon Steele-John

What It's Like To Travel As A Disabled Person

4 min read

International travel is a whole different ballgame for me; for most of my life the rest of world has seemed closed.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Loss Could Throw The Government Into Chaos

5 min read

Phelps' likely win in Wentworth will see the government's numbers drop from 76 to 75 in the 150-seat House of Representatives.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

PM ScoMo's Week Has Been A Disaster In Slo Mo

5 min read

Scott Morrison's government is in chaos, wracked with internal division and ill discipline.

Politics

Politics

Climate Policy Won't Change Despite Wentworth Disaster, Treasurer Says

2 min read

Not even being on track for a minority government will force the coalition into a shift in thinking on climate change, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has confirmed.

Politics

Politics

The Wentworth Race Isn't Over Yet And The Liberals Could Actually Still Win

3 min read

Maybe it was called too early, because the margin in Wentworth is just a few hundred votes.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

Think The Wentworth Loss Was Shocking? The Blame Game Will Be Brutal

4 min read

Not the most optimistic Liberal hater -- or the most pessimistic Liberal diehard -- predicted it.

News

News

'Sending a Message': Phelps Reveals First Order Of Business After Victory

6 min read

Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps has claimed a historic victory in the Wentworth by-election, as the seat's 100,000 electors shattered tradition in the east Sydney seat.

Politics

Politics

Wentworth And The Simmering Mood For Change

5 min read

Wentworth voters are still angry about Malcolm Turnbull's dumping, and are ready to punish the Liberals.

Politics

Politics

Kerryn Phelps On Peter Dutton, Being 'Sensible', And Chocolate

4 min read

If Kerryn Phelps was a chocolate, she'd be "something dark" with a "sensible centre".

National

National

Refugees On Nauru Would Sign Deal Banning Them From Australia

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is considering accepting New Zealand's long-standing offer to resettle refugees languishing on the islands.

Politics

Politics

Gay Teacher Legal Protections Can Wait: PM

1 min read

Laws protecting gay teachers from discrimination at religious schools will be dealt with when there is a proposal on the table, the prime minister says.

Politics

Politics

Embassy 'Move' Not About Wentworth: Sharma

1 min read

The Liberal candidate for Wentworth insists it's a coincidence the government is considering moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem as he campaigns in the crucial seat with thousands of Jewish voters.

Satire

Satire

As An Oppressed White Person I'm Not OK The Vote Protecting My Privilege Didn't Pass

4 min read

Oh sure, the vote was close, but it doesn’t matter how many you lose by.

Politics

Politics

Government Senators Support Controversial 'It's OK To Be White' Motion

2 min read

The phrase, a favourite of far-right movements, was adopted by One Nation leader Hanson in a Senate motion that was briefly debated on Monday afternoon.

Politics

Politics

'Held At Gunpoint': Alex Turnbull Dishes On 'Weird' Liberal Party Politics

4 min read

Malcolm Turnbull's son Alex has called out the Liberal Party's 'frustrating' policy priorities, further backing in the Labor candidate in the by-election for his dad's former seat of Wentworth.

Alex Greenwich

Alex Greenwich

Is ScoMo A PM For ALL Australians Or Just Straight Ones?

3 min read

In 2015 I reached out to young LGBTI Australians to hear about their experiences of discrimination in private religious schools, while consulting on a bill to prevent students from being expelled from school for being gay.

Gary Nunn

Gary Nunn

When Both Major Parties Ignore The Public, The Public Rises Up

5 min read

If there’s one tired, meaningless word we need to expunge from the English language in 2018, it’s ‘slacktivism.’

Health

Health

Mental Health 'The Cinderella' Of Australian Medical Care, Expert Warns

3 min read

Australia has had a mental health review every 30 months since the 1950's, but little is being done to actually update or reform the country's systems according to a leading expert in the field.

Politics

Politics

Experts Slam 'Discriminatory' Regional Migrants Plan

5 min read

Immigration and infrastructure experts have rubbished the government's thought-bubble to force migrants into regional areas, saying the plan is unnecessary and could even harm both citizens and cities.

Roz Bellamy

Roz Bellamy

The 5 Types Of Tears Of High-Profile People

5 min read

Crying is the way that most of us enter the world.

Politics

Politics

This Is How Bill Shorten Plans To Win The Next Election For Labor

1 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has dismissed Bill Shorten's five-point election manifesto, saying the Labor leader's sole objective is hiking taxes.

Politics

Politics

Australia Condemns 'Malicious' Russia Over Hacking

2 min read

Australia has called out "malicious" cyber activity from Russia's military, backing British accusations that the government has targeted politics, business and media.

Politics

Politics

Sarah Hanson-Young: Sl*t Shaming Is A Weapon Used Against Women

1 min read

The use of the term 'sl*t shaming' is a weapon that silences and disempowers women, Hanson-Young said.

Politics

Politics

Reef Grant 'Common Sense', Says Morrison

1 min read

A $444 million lump-sum payment to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was "pretty good common sense" to help the reef, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

National

National

US-Style Confirmation Hearings For ABC Appointments, Under Senator's Proposal

2 min read

Candidates for positions on the ABC board would be subjected to US-style confirmation hearings under a proposal by a South Australian senator who wants to stamp out political interference.

Politics

Politics

Abbott A 'Miserable Ghost', Turnbull Says

2 min read

Malcolm Turnbull has described former prime ministers Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd as "miserable ghosts" while delivering a brutal assessment of the federal government.

Politics

Politics

Facebook Deletes Fraser Anning Over 'Hate Speech' Complaint

2 min read

Former One Nation senator has been removed from Facebook after his video was deemed 'hate speech'.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

ScoMo Needs Some Major Moves To Win The Next Election

3 min read

He just needs to find his soap box.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh

How Our Tax System Exacerbates Gender Inequality

5 min read

There are significant gender differences in Australia today. More large companies are run by men named John than by women.

National

National

OMG ABC WTF Is Going On?

3 min read

ABC staff have called on their chairman to stand aside, after reports he wanted a star journalist fired because of "hate" from government.

Politics

Politics

Long Way Back For Liberals And Morrison, Polls Show

3 min read

The Coalition is still facing electoral wipeout under new PM Scott Morrison, but the polls are slowly moving in the right direction for the government.

Politics

Politics

Forty Percent Of Political Donations Come From Unknown Donors

4 min read

In news that won't surprise many, money buys access and results in Australian politics, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

News

News

Michelle Guthrie Dumped As ABC Boss

3 min read

Michelle Guthrie is "devastated" by her dumping as ABC managing director, and is considering legal action.

Politics

Politics

This Man In A Truck Wants To Be Your Next PM

3 min read

He has a truck, a loudspeaker, a motor-mouth and seemingly endless energy -- and he's coming to a town near you.

Abby Alexander

Abby Alexander

Pauline Hanson Was Right, It's More Than OK To Be White

4 min read

Last night, Pauline Hanson announced she'll be moving a motion in the Senate asking it to acknowledge: "It is okay to be white".

Politics

Politics

'It Is Okay To Be White': Hanson's Senate Motion

1 min read

Pauline Hanson submitted the motion for Thursday's Senate sitting.

Politics

Politics

Dutton Misled Parliament Over Au Pairs, Senate Committee Says

2 min read

Peter Dutton should be censured by parliament over his dealings with several foreign au pairs who were given visas despite immigration department recommendations, a Labor-led Senate committee has recommended. 

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison Has An 'I Stopped These' Boat Trophy In His Office

1 min read

Scott Morrison, the former immigration minister, is clearly proud of his past.

Rebecca Shaw

Rebecca Shaw

Why ScoMo's First Few Weeks In Office Have Me Worried

4 min read

A couple of weekends ago I went to the Opera House to watch an event called Queerstories.

Politics

Politics

Left In Soiled Clothes: Family Shocked At Aged Care Home Care

5 min read

Kristina Shepherd's father George was in the Bupa Seaforth aged care home for just 21 days before she pulled him out.

Politics

Politics

Boosting 'Embarassment' Welfare Payments Would Help Economy

3 min read

Newstart payments haven't increased in 24 years.

Updated

Updated

Fatman Scoop Ft. ScoMo -- It's Happening

1 min read

What a 24 hours it has been.

Politics

Politics

ScoMo Has Had An Absolute Shocker Of A Week

3 min read

Some weeks in Canberra you just can't take a trick.

Views

Views

The Time For The Government To Save Itself Has Nearly Passed

3 min read

There's something positively dystopian about the Canberra bubble.

Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen Faruqi

The Prime Minister Must Allow A Free Debate On Live Export Ban Bill

3 min read

When an industry puts profit ahead of animal welfare, there is no reason to think it is capable of reform.

Politics

Politics

What The XXXX? The Push To Split QLD Into Separate States

6 min read

"We're big enough and strong enough and wealthy enough to represent ourselves".

Updated

Updated

Scott Morrison Deletes And Apologises For Excruciatingly Bad Video

2 min read

If you got a $100 bill put your hand up.

Politics

Politics

Joyce Accused Turnbull Of 'Active Campaign' To Sabotage Government

3 min read

"That is bitterly disappointing".

Politics

Politics

Larissa Waters, Back In The Senate, 'Proud' She Quit After Section 44 Issues

4 min read

"You've only got one chance to do the right thing. I don't regret it at all."

Politics

Politics

Exclusive: Quaedvlieg Disputes Dutton's 'Rambling' Question Time Claims

3 min read

Former Border Force boss slams Dutton's as "a bit odd".

Politics

Politics

Dutton Brought Actual Dirt Files Into Parliament, Slammed Quaedvlieg Again

3 min read

Quaedvlieg called the claims "disgusting and offensive".

Tanya Plibersek

Tanya Plibersek

Why ScoMo Should Listen To Bishop's Bullying Claims

4 min read

Misogyny should be condemned, never used for political profit.

Politics

Politics

There Could Be A Fourth Dutton Au Pair Case, Roman Quaedvlieg Claims

2 min read

Two pairs of au pairs?

Politics

Politics

Parliament's Most Awkward And Stupid Moments

1 min read

It's the Muppet Show in here some days.

Politics

Politics

Christopher Pyne Blames Labor For Liberal Leadership Chaos

2 min read

"The change in the leader is not the right thing to do".

Politics

Politics

It's Going To Be A Wild Week In Parliament

4 min read

The circus is back in town.

Politics

Politics

The Unprecedented Storm Hitting Peter Dutton

4 min read

Multiple issues could lead to him being forced from parliament altogether

Politics

Politics

Barnaby Joyce Sex Harassment Investigation Ends With No Determination

1 min read

"This outcome simply isn't good enough," Joyce's accuser said.

Politics

Politics

Australia's Next Election Will Be The Battle Of The Daggy Dads

4 min read

Meat pies, footy, baseball caps... and Parliament House.

Politics

Politics

AFL Boss McLachlan Also Lobbied For Polo Player Visa

3 min read

What's the go with the a̶u̶ ̶p̶a̶i̶r̶s̶ polo player?

Politics

Politics

Dutton AFL Au Pair Email Leak Referred To Federal Police

2 min read

The 'what's the go with the au pairs?' Senate inquiry has kicked off.

Views

Views

We Must Keep #Scomophobia Out Of Our Classrooms

5 min read

I’m not sure why their skin would “curl”, but mine was certainly crawling after hearing their conversation.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Libspill Bullying Claims Deepen, Outrage After Journalists Jailed

3 min read

All the news you need to know on this Tuesday morning.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison On That Time He Carted Coal Into Parliament

3 min read

The PM is all about ‘fair dinkum’ power that will drive prices down.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Labor To Rein In Gas Prices, Chelsea Manning Speaks Via Video Link

3 min read

All the news you need to know this Monday morning.

Politics

Politics

Exclusive: French Au Pair 'Scared' By Dutton Visa Scandal

1 min read

Alexandra Deuwel's family said she didn't know anything about the visa drama.

Politics

Politics

The Maleficent Seven: Why Minor Parties Will Troll The Next Election

6 min read

"His only chance of being re-elected is appealing to radicals"

Politics

Politics

Dutton 'May Have Misled Parliament' With Au Pair Answer, Greens Say

3 min read

"He urgently needs to explain himself"

Views

Views

Alas Poor Malcolm, We Didn't Know Him Well

5 min read

Too right-wing for Labor, too left-wing for the Liberals

Politics

Politics

Shorten Speaks Of He Who Should Not Be Named

1 min read

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten gets cheeky in radio interview.

Joe Hildebrand

Joe Hildebrand

Joe-splaining #2: The Maths Behind Australia's Massive Political Cock-Up

1 min read

We count on them, so they should learn to count.

Politics

Politics

John Hewson Answered Your Questions About #libspill

1 min read

It was a tumultuous time for the government and the ramifications may be far-reaching.

Politics

Politics

Dutton Said Deporting Au Pairs Would Be "A Bit Rough"

2 min read

How about those kids on Nauru?

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison's "New Generation" Ministry Isn't Really New

3 min read

And still lacking in women.

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Peter Dutton Will Help Au Pairs, But Not These People Who Need Help

3 min read

Massive public outcry isn't enough for a young family to avoid deportation, but just one phone call from an au pair is.

Politics

Politics

Dutton Denies Wrongdoing Over Au Pairs As Opponents Demand Answers

3 min read

What's the go with the au pairs?

News

News

What's The Go With The Au Pairs?

2 min read

Dutton’s trouble sparks a never-ending Twitter meme

Politics

Politics

Deuwel Citizen: Peter Dutton Helped Au Pair Stay In Australia After Lobbying From AFL Boss

2 min read

Peter Dutton intervened to stop the deportation of a French woman in 2015, it is reported.

Politics

Politics

Julie Bishop On 'Life-Changing Decisions' Of #libspill

2 min read

She's had one hell of a week.

Politics

Politics

'Don't Keep Saying That!': Katter Blows Up

4 min read

Firebrand MP defends Anning "final solution" speech, wants a breakaway North QLD state

National

National

Here Are The Latest Shocking Findings Of The Banks Royal Commission

4 min read

Some banks may face criminal charges.

Politics

Politics

Kirribilli House Or The Lodge? PM Morrison's Choice Of Home

2 min read

The decision has ruffled feathers in the past.

Politics

Politics

PM Scott Morrison Has Blocked Lots Of People On Twitter

5 min read

"It sends the wrong message if you're meant to be representing the people."

Comedy

Comedy

ScoMo’s Old Phone No. Reportedly Delivers Text Barrage To 16 Year Old Girl

1 min read

Teenager chooses not to leak, showing more responsibility than most MPs

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

If Julie Bishop Was 'One Of The Boys' She'd Be Prime Minister

4 min read

Imagine if a woman had done as Peter Dutton did.

Politics

Politics

Turnbull’s Grandson Doesn't Hold Back

1 min read

The five-year-old seemed to assume the role of 'unofficial translator' for Turnbull.

Politics

Politics

Our ScoMost Favourite Tweets To Come Out Of #LibSpill

1 min read

Because if you don't laugh, you'll cry.

Politics

Politics

ScoMo Borrowed The Veep 'Continuity And Change' Slogan Again

1 min read

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS AGAIN???

Politics

Politics

Yes, We Have A PM, But The Battle For The Soul Of The Liberal Party Lives On

4 min read

The festering wound has been ripped open and may not be about to heal.

Politics

Politics

Turnbull A Man Of Many Achievements, According To Himself

4 min read

Claimed Australians would be "shaking their head in disbelief" at the "deliberate destructive action" of #Libspill.

Views

Views

Will Peter Dutton Be Disqualified From The Parliament?

8 min read

Probably not.

Joe Hildebrand

Joe Hildebrand

Joe-splains #1: How To Get Your Revenge On Australia's Pitiful Politicians

1 min read

If you can't punch a politician, Joe Hildebrand shows you the next best thing.

Politics

Politics

The State Of Play Right Now In #LibSpill

2 min read

It's now potentially a four-way contest for the top job.

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

You Win A Leadership Ballot By Getting Dirty

3 min read

Strap in, this leadership contest is about to get dirty. Well... dirtier.

Politics

Politics

The #Libspill For Dummies

5 min read

Everything you need to know about the clusterf*** that is Australian politics right now.

Politics

Politics

'Waging War': Uhlmann Takes Down Media Over Leadership Spill

3 min read

"People have to see this for what it is."

Views

Views

Hugh Riminton: Peter Dutton's Legal Advice Is Out Of Date

2 min read

Gough Whitlam’s prime ministership ended in a constitutional crisis. Peter Dutton’s prime ministership would start with one.