It's eight weeks now since the election and it's frankly astounding how little the Government has done to prepare for the resumption of parliament next week. Malcolm Turnbull badly needs some victories to prove he's in control of this "stable majority Government". At the moment, there's barely one victory in sight.
By Peter Switzer Following the Olympics is an inspirational experience and watching our modern pentathlon winner, Chloe Esposito, on Saturday morning was a classic case in point. However, I have to admit how so many Australians have ignored the unheralded great performer called the Australian economy!
By David Speers Turnbull's had no luck lately, but there's a chance for that to change. Malcolm Turnbull's so-called "reverse-Midas Touch" was on show again this week. He must be starting to wonder when he's going to win a trick. He gave a perfectly respectable speech on the economy only to be upstaged by protesters.
This has not been a good week for Australia-China relations, to put it mildly. I'm not just talking about swimmer Mack Horton's swipe at his "drug cheat" rival Sun Yang in Rio and the extraordinary social media backlash from China's "netizens".
By David Speers The last Senate cross bench was famously dubbed the "bar scene from Star Wars". A collection of odd-bods and mis-fits. The new Senate cross bench looks to me more like a school playground. A couple of gang leaders and their devotees combined with a bunch of loners, all with little in common.
By David Speers Malcolm Turnbull finally looked like a Prime Minister this week. He acted swiftly and decisively in setting up the Royal Commission with sound terms of reference. He used his authority to force action and reflected the national mood of shock and dismay about revelations of children being mistreated in the Northern Territory's juvenile detention system.
By David Speers The government is in a much weakened position after the election, but this week showed much needed signs of strength. On superannuation and health policies, Treasurer Scott Morrison held firm. He refused to throw away budget repair to appease sectional interests, even on the government's own backbench.
By David Speers Has Malcolm Turnbull just won Australia's greatest booby prize? Winning is better than losing, to be sure. But in less than a week, we've seen just how difficult the Prime Minister's job has now become.
By David Speers I feel a little sorry for David Feeney. Just a little. He should have declared his negatively geared $2.3m house. And he should have been better prepared to handle simple questions about costings on Wednesday, given it was the dominant issue of the week.
By David Speers It's rare for a politician's office to be raided by the Australian Federal Police. It's unprecedented for a raid to occur smack in the middle of an election campaign. So when the AFP searched the Melbourne office of Labor's Stephen Conroy, and the home of another Labor staffer, it was always going to rock a rather dull campaign.
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