MPs from all sides are jumping ship in the dying days of Parliament, as both major parties writhe in damage control — Labor on boats and the Coalition on the Helloworld scandal that smacks of overly cosy relationships, writes Michelle Grattan.
Even if we give Mathias Cormann the benefit of the doubt over the airfare affair, it smacks of cosiness and cronyism — a politician using his connections to smooth his way, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Morrison Government is attempting to turn Labor's support for the medevac legislation into a mini "Tampa" crisis, while stalling the push for another royal commission, writes Michelle Grattan.
This week, the Government wheeled out the heavy ammunition in its battle against the medical transfer legislation — and the political tragics reached for the popcorn, writes Michelle Grattan.
"Scare" campaigns are distasteful but potent, and after another bad few days on the campaign trail, the Coalition judges the best way to "save furniture" is to wave the fear flags, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Coalition has been using the (annual) debate about Australia Day as political ammunition. But this year it got messy, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Minister for Women's decision to walk away is appalling timing for the Morrison Government. Now, speculation abounds that the Liberals' most popular woman could follow suit, writes Michelle Grattan.
The Morrison Government is going over the top in trying to smother Bill Shorten and the Labor national conference, but at the end of day one, the Government was looking desperate while the Opposition was looking determined, writes Michelle Grattan.
With an overwhelming expectation of Labor victory at the next election, "union bred, fed and led" Bill Shorten, as Scott Morrison likes to call him, needs to make it clear how he would work with the union movement and where his industrial relations policies lie, writes Michelle Grattan.
After an excruciating two weeks, with a trouncing in Victoria, a Liberal defection, Malcolm Turnbull's provocations and an impasse with Labor, Scott Morrison retires to enjoy his first — and likely last — Christmas at Kirribilli, writes Michelle Grattan.