PM’s parliament schedule change rebuffed

Labor has rejected Scott Morrison’s plan to scrap a week of parliament and condense the sitting calendar. Parliament was due to sit for the first and final fortnights of August with a one-week break in between. Sydney’s coronavirus crisis and lockdowns have forced MPs to quarantine in Canberra and face strict health measures to attend … Read more

Paul Bongiorno: Glib assurances fail to address Australia’s critical challenges

A Martian or some other extra-terrestrial being who dropped into federal Parliament’s question time on Monday would believe that Australia’s vaccine rollout is world beating and our reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is similarly spectacular. Sparking the government’s bravado was the need to address growing concerns in the nation over the pandemic. Concerns that clearly … Read more

Regional lockdown strands Barnaby Joyce

Barnaby Joyce has been denied entry to Canberra after his regional city went into lockdown. The Deputy PM went home to Armidale last Thursday night, reportedly by government jet, and has been caught up in the growing NSW outbreak that put the regional centre in lockdown on Saturday. ACT health authorities declared more local government … Read more