Government to be grilled over awarding of Manus Island security contracts

Labor and the crossbench plan to zero in on the awarding of contracts for security services on Manus Island, amid revelations more than $420 million is going to a relatively unknown company that was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island.

From confident to hysterical hair-trigger: Welcome to the chaotic 45th Parliament’s leaving do

As the 45th Parliament enters its last sitting days, you might wonder why royal commissions carry the moral heft that governments can no longer muster. When considered in the cold light of day, the answer's chillingly obvious, writes Annabel Crabb.