Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon wants more time to decide whether he should be disqualified over a perception of bias. But what effect will that have on our political leaders?
With the Canning by-election campaign ramping up, Tony Abbott’s decision to visit Indigenous communities now muddies a narrative that should be built around jobs and the economy.
The Political Weekly: Coalition in-fighting, Julie Bishop’s tactical move and cries of racism.
Labor and the Government are locked in an arm wrestle over Dyson Heydon and the union royal commission that will define their election strategies.
The Political Weekly: There was a new Speaker but the parliamentary rabble was back to its rowdy best.
The Political Weekly: The week may have commenced with the opposition feeling chuffed about having brought down Bronwyn Bishop, but by week’s end Labor was becoming increasingly anxious about the media witch-hunt it had unleashed.
Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker and the PM has launched a review into the entitlements system. This might release the pressure valve, but it could also be a vote-changer come next election.
The Political Weekly: The PM can’t shake Choppergate, while Labor continues to refuse to implode, rather unhelpfully.
As the Labor left discovered at the party’s conference this weekend, it’s much easier to advance progressive policies while in a successful government than it is in a barely-trusted opposition.
The Political Weekly: Tony Abbott knew a big story was just around the corner. All he had to do was wait.