The Political Weekly: All we saw was vote-buying with money the Government doesn’t have.

The Political Weekly: Bali Nine executions, Anzac Day and marriage equality captured the attention of Australia’s politicians this week.

And then there was one. In the Senate, at least. Palmer United Party’s Glenn Lazarus announced overnight that he’d left PUP to become an independent, leaving the party with only one vote in the upper house. Lazarus made the announcement via Facebookand Twitter just after midnight, noting this was a difficult decision and hinting at irreconcilable differences with party leader […]

With any luck, the unedifying display of Clive Palmer attempting to bully journalists at the National Press Club yesterday will end his year-long honeymoon with the Canberra press gallery. Weekly column for The Hoopla (3 free reads a month).

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Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

I won’t add my thoughts to the likely millions of condolences expressed at the sudden death of Phillip Hughes. Mainly because I’d never heard of him until this week as I don’t follow cricket.

That’s not to say Hughes’ death didn’t affect me. I was reminded of my own fragile mortality, gave thanks for the health and safety of those I love, and also looked afresh at the week’s political antics.

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Clive Palmer’s bullying attempts to bring his rogue senator into line will sit uncomfortably with voters who prefer to see him as a benevolent maverick. Post for Guardian Australia.

I was showing someone my blog yesterday and was mortified to realise I don’t post much any more, other than links to my columns and posts that are published elsewhere. This has made my blog a pretty boring place to visit.

Today I’ve decided to rectify this with at least a semi-regular commentary on my week (or so) in politics including published pieces and observations of the discussions that followed, particularly on Twitter.

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There is no question that Jacqui Lambie will soon be on the crossbench as an independent, but there’s a lot at stake when it comes to how she gets there.

Ex-communicating Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party for disloyalty would only seal her reputation as Queen of the Underdogs, and Clive Palmer knows it.

Trust me. A multimedia post on political lies for ABC’s The_Brief. (Best viewed on a tablet/ipad.)