• Dutton’s nuclear gamble

    Michelle Grattan     |      June 21, 2024

    Peter Dutton needed a big idea to challenge Labor at the next election, and his proposal to meet Australia’s future energy needs with up to 7 nuclear plants is a gamble which will either make or break his political career.

  • Second time around

    Michelle Grattan     |      June 8, 2024

    Anthony Albanese recently told the Labor caucus his cabinet is preparing “an offer” to put to the Australian people at the election. As it crafts its pitch, the biggest uncertainty looming over Labor is what sort of parliament a second term Albanese government would likely face.

  • Corruption watch

    Michelle Grattan     |      February 24, 2024

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission will provide guidance on “corruption vulnerabilities” ahead of next year’s federal election, given increasing public concern on the issue.

  • Turning off the tap

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 11, 2023

    Politicians have boosted Australia’s economic performance through increases in immigration rather than productivity over the last 20 years, but the current housing and infrastructure crisis has prompted a rethink, not least in the much abused foreign student visa system.

  • Marking the class of 2023

    Michelle Grattan     |      December 8, 2023

    It’s not just Australian children who get report cards as school breaks up. So do government ministers, when parliament rises at the end of the year, so how is Anthony Albanese’s administration faring as the inevitable political problems pile up now the honeymoon is over.

  • Happy Christmas, Albo?

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 25, 2023

    Halfway into its first term, the big question is whether the Albanese government is in a temporary bad patch, or at the beginning of a downhill slide.

  • Why don’t Jews feel safe?

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 13, 2023

    Jewish organisations have criticised Foreign Minister Penny Wong over her latest comments on the Israel-Gaza conflict, while Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles has said Jewish Australians “have never felt less safe”.

  • Does politics let down the people?

    Michelle Grattan     |      November 1, 2023

    While Australians remain strong supporters of democracy, criticisms of the political system which delivers and administers it continue to mount, so what are the problems and what can be done to solve them?

  • Voices off

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 22, 2023

    The failure of the Voice campaign has set back the cause of indigenous representation, rather than advanced it, and by blaming anyone but themselves for their failure, Voice advocates risk repeating the same mistakes in the future.

  • No, thanks

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 15, 2023

    In a major setback for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Australian voters have overwhelmingly rejected the proposal to inject racial preference into the constitution, with every state and the Northern Territory voting no by a decisive margin.

  • Albo’s folly?

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 13, 2023

    In the glow of his triumphant election victory, Anthony Albanese gambled on enshrining an indigenous Voice to Parliament within the constitution, rather than legislating such a body or listening to existing groups. As with other referendums before him, that decision now looks like a mistake.

  • The Yes campaign goes down in flames

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 16, 2023

    A barnstorming speech by Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, the leading Indigenous woman of the “no” campaign, at the National Press Club capped another disastrous week for the Yes campaign, which now seems unlikely to carry a single state in October’s referendum.