Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is on track to return to state parliament and a minority LNP government would likely replace Labor.
Aggressive rhetoric from US President Donald Trump has helped sway the Chinese over their approach to North Korea: Julie Bishop.
The ABS will reveal the turnout rate so far on the marriage equality survey amid speculation more than 50pc of eligible voters have already taken part.
Angela Merkel will have to make some compromises if she’s to form government.
US President Donald Trump has talked tough to the Chinese over North Korea but it is good the US is also seeking direct contact with Pyongyang, says the foreign minister.
Germany’s major parties avoided talking about migrants. So how should politicians tackle the worries that fuel populist insurgencies?
French President Emmanuel Macron said the EU can be the solution for countries reeling from an anti-immigration backlash.
Stunning her AfD colleagues at a post-election press conference, Frauke Petry announced she wouldn’t join the party’s parliamentary bloc and walked out.
The shock performance of the far right has raised fears that consensus politics as usual in Berlin may now be over.
The leaders of the far-right Alternative for Deutschland party that no-one in politics wants to deal with say Germany needs to take pride in its military achievements.
Sunday’s election sent shockwaves across a Europe which believed a wave of xenophobic, anti-immigration sentiment this year had already passed
Imagine our political leaders getting together and having it out – saying what they really thought – a couple of hours after polls closed and the election result became clear.
Angela Merkel’s dominance over German politics has taken a major hit in Sunday’s elections which have seen her own party lose one million votes to the far right.
A combined vote of just 55 per cent for the two major political parties points to the fracturing of German politics on both the left and the right.
The certainty that Angela Merkel will remain as Chancellor after Sunday’s federal elections in Germany masks major changes in the country’s politics expected to be reflected in the results.
The results of this weekend’s election in Germany will be as important for Europe as they are for its biggest nation.
Germany’s right wing party plays the race card hard, and its surging support reflects the same disillusion with the major parties seen elsewhere, including Australia
The Social Democrats joins another Merkel-led government, the far right AfD would become the major opposition party.
Much of the attention in the lead-up to the election has been on Russian hacking. But there are many more strands to Russian influence in this election.
In the 2017 election campaign, everything is focused on Angela Merkel. And that really is, in a way, the issue.
With polls putting the far right afD in third place, German politics could be changing forever.
The German chancellor is likely to win a fourth term but that conceals a worrying fragmentation of politics in Europe’s key economy.
Secretaries have been moved in all but four of Canberra’s senior departments.
Rather than being in a world of pain on energy and climate change policy, the Prime Minister is happily talking dispatchable energy and storage.
In all the confusion about the future of AGL’s Liddell power station some rather interesting twists in the politics of the energy debate may have got lost.
An existing power plant operator is expected to announce later today that it is prepared to buy the Liddell power station in NSW.
The AEMO report brings the energy debate smack up into the face of real time decisions that will have to be made by governments right now.
Nick Xenophon has got media reform past Labor’s obstruction. But his amendments may offer only false hope to the industry.
Former small business minister Bruce Billson has been referred to the Privileges Committee after it was revealed he was being paid by the Franchise Council while still an MP.
It sometimes feels like it takes something reasonably substantial to force a change of focus in federal Parliament.
When you lose the moral high ground, you soon start to lose all the arguments. Something the business community is finding to its cost.
Spare a thought for those sturdy Americans who specialise in the study of, and pronouncements about, US foreign policy. Times are tough.
Two former prime ministers reflect on 65-year-old alliance with the US now being shaped by more forces than ever before.
America will not be able to recover its position as the dominant power in the world – nor its approach to globalism – even if Donald Trump were to be replaced.
There was cause for hope about the presidency of Donald Trump, if people could forget the “optics”, former Prime Minister John Howard said on Monday, reversing his previous stance that he trembled at the thought of a Trump presidency.
The government will ask the High Court to deal urgently with the citizenship question as it put pressure on Bill Shorten over his own citizenship status.
The Turnbull government is expected to shortly commence the biggest review of the Family Law Act since it was introduced in 1976.
We should be under no illusions that Pauline Hanson’s ultimate agenda pursues a racist immigration policy.
Malcolm Turnbull’s decision to stand by Barnaby Joyce is likely to prove the point from which history decides his government entered a death spiral – if every single thing doesn’t now go his way.
If you weren’t unnerved on Monday about the implications of the uncertain grip of the Turnbull government on office, it’s most senior members seemed determined on Tuesday that you should be.
In one fell swoop, all the nightmares that haunted the Labor government between 2010 and 2013 are now haunting Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition.
Thinking you can somehow leap over the political horror by “putting it to the people” could yield unexpected results. Just ask the British.
The same-sex marriage plebiscite will be almost meaningless if people aren’t voting on the exact wording of the legislative change.
We now have an actual dollar figure for the failures of the Coalition to manage its deep and bitter divisions, and for the Prime Minister to be able to overcome them.
Australia needs to develop a China policy that looks at “what China actually is, rather than through the lens of risk management,” Senator Penny Wong says.
Labor will move to embarrass South Australian Liberal MPs over the alleged theft of water in the Murray-Darling basin.
Voters are disappointed with Malcolm Turnbull but they don’t like or trust Bill Shorten.
It turns out Donald Trump, and the unbelievable freak show that is his presidency, does have some positives.
Australia, New Zealand and the European Union have an interest in assisting Pacific nations standardize their export products, says Pascal Lamy.
The renewed debacle over the issue of same sex marriage within the Coalition is, to outsiders, almost beyond belief.
The High Court will hold a two-day hearing into legal challenges against the same-sex marriage postal vote less than a week before voting is scheduled to begin.
Labor has signalled a shift to a more independent foreign policy and actively asserts Australia’s support for an international rules-based order.
The question facing the Prime Minister is whether he will act to try to control the inevitable debate over same-sex marriage, or risk events running on without him.
Bill Shorten has implored gay marriage advocates to drop their resistance to a postal ballot, warning disunity is exactly what opponents want.
AFR readers’ Letters to the Editor, Wednesday 9 August, 2017.
These announcements are not ones the government can simply ignore: it will be forced to either agree to them or find some complicated reasons why it can’t.
The new shake-up of security and intelligence services makes sense, but could start off a bureaucratic game of thrones.
Company tax cuts remain the only lever available to government to boost growth to levels needed to lift wages and employment: BCA.
Business leaders have scathingly dismissed proposals for government to fund a coal fired power station as an answer to high energy prices.
The Turnbull government is looking for a new mandarin to head the department at the centre of the contentious environment and energy debate after the resignation of Gordon de Brouwer, who is leaving to pursue “other interests”.
The debate surrounding Australia’s national security structures has raged for years and been much broader than a simple turf war.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will detail a Labor clampdown on trusts and other tax minimisation vehicles available to high income earners next weekend.
Peter Dutton is ramping up pressure for a national postal vote on legalising same sex marriage before the next election.
The Turnbull government will take the first steps on Monday to formally determine whether it will impose export controls on LNG.
Immigration, it seems, is becoming nothing more than a subset of our obsession with national security: keeping out scary people.
The important questions raised by the citizenship debacle go to the nature, balance and judgement of the Greens in the federal parliament
The new national security structure has a logic to recommend it. It also gives massive new status and power to a crucial prime ministerial ally in Peter Dutton.
Australia has been urged by an expert panel to support a referendum which would give a “Voice to the Parliament” for Indigenous people.
Read an edited transcript of <i>The Australian Financial Review</i>’s round table with the Business Council of Australia board.
Malcolm Turnbull has picked a pointless fight in his own ranks at a time when the policy-making engine is spluttering.
Malcolm Turnbull might muse over the rarified arm-wrestling at the G20 and the more prosaic brawling in his own ranks.
Changes in American society are likely to ensure the US will ultimately return to greater engagement in international affairs.
A picture of a much more benign strategic environment for Australia – despite the uncertainty following the election of Donald Trump and tensions in the region – has emerged from the Crawford Australian Leadership Forum.
Tony Abbott is simply losing all credibility by calling on the government to enact policies he welched on or mismanaged while in power.
In what will be uncomfortable advice for Australia, Helen Clark says national governments cannot afford to simply cut foreign aid budgets, or fail to act on climate change.
It has been energy-intensive in federal politics over the past week.
The simplified takeout from the Coalition’s party-room brawl is that Tony Abbott was at the front of another climate policy revolt. But the reality is far more complex.
Departing French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier has some advice for Australia on how to be a “middle power”.
Pressure is growing on Labor over its refusal to fully support the proposed 0.5pc increase in the Medicare levy to fund the NDIS.
A parliamentary attack on Labor over foreign donations from Chinese supporters backfired badly on Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Wednesday.
The PM needs to claim a few more wins before he can build a political recovery and avoid any more landmines along the way.
For the Prime Minister, the Finkel report offers the base for a slow climb back with voters on climate policy – if his party lets him.
It may just be that business may prove to be an ultimate force for good in seeing an end to a domestic political war that has also destroyed plenty in politics.
Trade with Europe is moving from wrangles over agriculture to opportunities in services as the EU regroups strongly after Brexit.
Even in the 18th century, opera was hustling for bums on seats.
Turnbull understands only too well that energy policy can be the modern killing fields of Australian politics.
The EU is trying to deepen ties with Australia in the post-Trump Brexit world.
The advantage the Coalition has enjoyed – complete with the first mumblings in a long time of divisions in Labor ranks – is likely to evaporate under the influence of The Donald and The Finkel.
Martin Koehne’s storage battery system went live just a few days before AGL Energy revealed SA power prices would jump 18 per cent from July 1.
Soaring east coast gas prices are foiling hopes of a renaissance of the fuel’s use in power generation.
A Clean Energy Target is effectively an extension of the existing Renewable Target, but it will be a politically easier fix for the Turnbull government.
If a Clean Energy Target is to succeed, both the far left and the far right have to be ignored.
The government believes Bill Shorten will eventually succumb to pressure over his opposition to the Medicare levy increase.
For many Australians, the proposal from Uluru for a constitutionally recognised institutional advisory body may have come as a bolt from the blue.
The Turnbull government has told senior members of the Trump administration that Australia is committed to the Paris climate change agreement.
A proposal for a referendum to establish a body to advise federal Parliament on indigenous issues has run in to immediate trouble even before it is formally presented to political leaders.
Australia’s political leaders will be asked to consider backing a referendum to establish a body to advise federal parliament on indigenous issues.
Indigenous leaders have rejected a push for constitutional recognition and will instead seek a treaty, as well as an elected body in federal parliament.
The government has been leaning towards a “low emissions target”, a third option that the Prime Minister hopes will hold the line as Donald Trump’s Paris decision threatens to make climate politics as ugly as it was in 2009.
Labor seems determined to not just deny the policy victory the 2017 budget represents, but to stand in the way of its own policies being entrenched
The energy market regulator says an emissions intensity scheme remains the best mechanism for reducing carbon emissions and dismissed suggestions such a scheme only works with low gas prices.
A Coalition Treasurer who picks a fight with the banks and battles to fund social spending means that the world has changed this week.
The Turnbull government will borrow for capital works, but not to finance services like health and education.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has cleared the path for personal income tax cuts ahead of a 2018 federal election.
There is a creeping corruption near the President, and it’s of his own making, writes the former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden
Labor Leader Bill Shorten is on the backfoot over a television ad spruiking the employment of Australians First which featured only white people.
Malcolm Turnbull has had one of the best weeks of his leadership and hopes are that voters will look afresh at the Coalition.
An emissions intensity scheme is not just politically unpopular, the PM thinks it isn’t the right policy
There must have been some pale faces among the Labor strategists on Tuesday when Malcolm Turnbull kidnapped one of the party’s iconic policy platforms.
Continuing soft growth in wage and jobs means a $100 billion surge in national income this year will not translate immediately into stronger numbers in the federal budget next week.
The federal Opposition is waiting for legal advice on whether the recent High Court decision concerning the eligibility of Family First Senator Bob Day raises questions about the eligibility of one of its junior ministers, NSW Liberal David Gillespie.
The first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders could turn the page on a relationship that got off to a bad state over refugee issues.
The Turnbull government has squibbed on reforming the petroleum resources rent tax in next month’s federal budget.
Getting IT systems right is key to virtually any budget savings measures. So why do stuff ups seem to keep occurring?
US Vice-President Mike Pence will seek to reassure Australian business that the US economy is not being closed to outsiders.
With Malcolm Turnbull perceived as a prime minister in trouble, his efforts this week have been seen as something else all together: a panicked move to head off trouble.
Mr Richardson, who has served twelve prime ministers and is held in high esteem by both sides of politics, had been expected to retire from the public service this year.
Greg Moriarty will take up one of the most powerful positions in the country upon the retirement of Drew Clarke at the end of this week.
Beyond the anti-immigration political rhetoric the visa overhaul embraces and also presages, the change to temporary migration will have a profound impact on the economy.
The government has investigated putting a limit on the number of properties that investors can buy, in a bid to cap the value of tax breaks for housing investment.
With Malcolm Turnbull perceived as a prime minister in trouble, his efforts this week have been seen as something else all together: a panicked move to head off trouble.
Malcolm Turnbull has all but ruled out use superannuation to buy a house saying “the whole purpose of super is for retirement”.
Treasurer Scott Morrison gave his strongest signals yet that he is cooling on the idea of changes to the capital gains tax regime.
Foreigners buying properties and leaving them empty is a “big issue” that’s “got my attention”, Treasurer Scott Morrison says.
The increasing tensions between the United States and Russia over Syria in recent days may have many implications but they also have many causes, including the impact of climate change on food and energy security around the world.
Australia has backed the US missile strikes against Syria, but Russia has condemned it, leaving the world on edge.
Whatever the moral case for a targeted strike on Syria, the complexities of the conflict mean its impact on the US and Australia are not clear cut.
Australia “strongly supports the swift and just response of the United States” to chemical attacks on Syrian civilians, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has played down the likelihood of significant change to the petroleum resource rent tax regime.
Once again, the government finds itself trying to clean up the messes of its Coalition predecessors. And in the meantime, it seems unable to find anything to say of its own about where to take the country.
The Turnbull Government is postponing discussions with the states about school funding until after the budget.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will announce plans to encourage super fund investment in housing for low-income Australians.
The real question on the standoff over the company tax cut is a political one not a financial one.
One Nation’s political power ultimately rests on getting voters, but what do we really know about people who vote for Pauline Hanson?
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says Australia will stand by the Paris climate deal despite US President Donald Trump’s new order on the environment.
If there is any event that is likely to ensure there is an energy crisis, it is the (long-heralded) move to close the Hazelwood power station.
Former treasurer Wayne Swan says the lack of governance around the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility is a fiscal risk to taxpayers.
Snapshot of a jaded, fed-up electorate
It’s not just that the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll captures the four-month decline of the Coalition’s fortunes since the end of last year, but it seems that voters are utterly underwhelmed and unpersuaded by any of the policy discussions on offer.
Beef exporters are set to gain an additional $400 million a year as a result of a new trade deal that makes Australia the only country to have full access for chilled beef into China.
China’s second most powerful leader has denied China is militarising islands it claims in the South China Sea.
AFR readers’ Letters to the Editor, Sunday March 3.
In an era of low wages growth, the relative value of government services for voters grows – as does the political cost of meddling with them
The Turnbull government is coming under pressure to intervene to keep the massive Hazelwood power plant open in the face of increasing alarm about power shortages.
Australia and China will agree on beef exports, energy and security during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has urged Australia not to take sides as happened during the cold war.
The Victoria government has poured scorn on a last minute push to reprieve the Hazelwood brown coal power station to reduce the likelihood of blackouts next summer
The proposed changes to the race hate laws are designed to make the fight with people outside the tent instead of inside it.
Industry Minister Arthur Sinodinos has likened denying the threat of climate change to the anti-vaccination lobby.
The latest poll was conspicuously not just a numerical booster for the prime minister but a psychological one.
Economics has been going backwards in terms of the representation of women in the field.
The timescales in energy policy will now prove crucial in determining the winners and losers in the political debate.
The government has used shock tactics that neither side of politics has engaged in until now to force the private sector to pull its finger out on domestic gas supplies.
If the government does retreat on the company tax cut, the question would still remain: what is its jobs and growth policy?
AFR readers’ Letters to the Editor, Wednesday March 22.
An electoral wipeout for the Liberal Party in the west might present the Prime Minister with the best chance he has ever had to reclaim some control.
What has changed is instead of minor party policies being regarded as a phenomena of the fringe, they are now being viewed more for what they represent.
If ever there was a test for all our politicians – and whether they can, for once, concentrate on the problem at hand rather than simply blame each other – this is it.
Australia’s AAA credit rating is at risk unless politicians abandon petty point scoring and face up to economic challenges: Malcolm Turnbull.
Senate powerbroker Nick Xenophon will not negotiate over company tax cuts until the government deals with the power crisis.
One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson has upped the stakes for the May budget, saying her support for the government’s proposed company tax cut is not certain.
Australians wish they had a leader like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, says One Nation’s Pauline Hanson, provoking an immediate rebuke from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Any prospect of the Fair Work Commission’s decision being overturned disappeared on Sunday when both the Prime Minister and One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson strengthened their support for the decision.
Penalty rates and gas shortages show a political system that cannot get to grips with big issues any more.
With too little gas and too much tax, Australian companies need better policy than they have been getting.
French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault sees new roles for middle powers such as Australia and France in the world of Donald Trump.
Politics is full of catastrophic debacles and tragedies that nonetheless finish up in weed-covered, neglected dead ends.
Two of our biggest challenges – climate change and infrastructure – are things that business can, and should, effectively fix itself.
AFR readers’ Letters to the Editor, Thursday February 2.
Changing the way Australia assists refugees into employment could radically alter their job prospects as well as provide major savings to the federal budget.
The man widely described as the world’s greatest tenor tells Laura Tingle in Paris about the risks and rewards of world of opera.
That the federal government was so keen to bury the idea that it might do something about the housing bubble is another depressing reflection on our politics.
The May budget is shaping as a major policy reset point for the Turnbull government.
The mining industry is concerned the government is looking for changes to the PRRT as the need to fill a yawning hole in the budget intensifies.
The Turnbull Government will introduce legislation on Wednesday to protect land use agreements thrown into doubt by a recent Federal Court ruling.
The Morrison/Porter NDIS push went down like a lead balloon on the cross-bench on Monday.
Overall revenue raised from company tax has risen despite cuts to the company tax, according to a key business group which argues its analysis shows that proposed tax cuts to be debated in federal parliament this week will not risk the budget bottom line.
A federal cabinet minister has shrugged off preference deals with One Nation after the WA Liberals finalised a deal at the weekend with the burgeoning party to preference it ahead of Coalition partner the Nationals.
State government energy policies are under assault, with Victoria being told by the national energy operator that the blackouts that hit South Australia could have been worse without the Hazelwood power station, which is due to close next month.
The upshot of the first week of Parliament is that Malcolm Turnbull knows he has nothing to lose but to go on the front foot.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said neither China nor the United States can “afford” a military conflict and any “sober-minded” politician knew it.
You might yearn for the political contest to be fought out as a contest of ideas. But the brutal truth is that just as important in shaping the contest can be sheer attack and aggression
The real threat is that the shift away from the major parties will splinter the two-party system as early as the next election.
Brexit doesn’t just affect Britain: it also has huge ramifications for the EU’s member states and even for those in Europe who have steadfastly remained outside the union. Just ask the Norwegians.
The PM finished the week leading a confident party free of problem-child Cory Bernadi and with a new attack strategy
Norway’s government is poised to announce a significant increase in the equity portfolio of the country’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund.
Cory Bernardi is simply the latest in a long line of political opportunists seeking to cash in on the mood of the moment.