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.

In their topsy-turvy Liberal universe, MPs take a ‘socialist’ tack

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.

‘So far, so good’, Trump says of relationship with Australia’s latest PM

Meeting with Australia's leader at the G20 Summit in Argentina, the US President gets a personal explanation of events that led to him meeting Scott Morrison as Prime Minister — not the man he has been used to meeting at the White House, in New York and at world summits for the last two years.

‘Abandon Cold War mentality’ China warns ahead of APEC

The strongly-worded comments follow the Australian Government's recently-unveiled "pivot to the Pacific", with Prime Minister Scott Morrison promising closer defence and security ties with Australia's Pacific neighbours as a bulwark against rising Chinese influence.