Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick says the Federal Government's legal advice that disputes a royal commission finding that parts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan were unlawful should not be "cloak and dagger stuff" and calls for its release.
For all the blood and guts hurled in Parliament this week, the question of how much real change has occurred in our treatment of asylum seekers is very murky, writes Laura Tingle.
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.
Attorney-General Christian Porter defends criticism of what Labor describes as an "extraordinary" number of Coalition figures sitting among 34 new appointments to Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
In carving her own path to the top of the political game, Julie Bishop has learned to be as bold, confident and skilful as anyone in Parliament — traits all on display in a cutting final speech, writes Annabel Crabb.
The Agriculture Minister used the phrase "off reservation" to caution one of his Nationals colleagues over a "racist" comment made on Tuesday.
The classroom is shaping up as one key battleground for this year's federal election with Labor and the Coalition trying to lure teachers into the profession, but those already in the job say money can't fix everything.
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.
Morrison's border scare campaign appears to be working. But the doomed Victorian Liberals' campaign on "African gangs" shows fear doesn't always work at the polling booth, writes James Norman.