Productivity Commission calls for Veterans’ Affairs Department to be shut down

A draft report from the Productivity Commission calls for the formation of the Ministry of Defence Personnel and Veterans to deal with policy, with a Veteran Services Commission providing support in what would be the biggest shake-up to the portfolio since World War II.

Liberals are exploiting Shorten’s weak point — but there’s a bigger one waiting in the wings

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.

Morrison’s religion debate has divided his colleagues, but that’s not the whole story

Some Liberal MPS fear taking a proposal for a religious discrimination act to an election is a risky move by the Prime Minister, but by framing the issue around multiculturalism he is presenting a challenge to Labor, writes Patricia Karvelas.