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Morrison has brought out the 'nuclear option' and it's not a good sign

It is not a good sign for the Government's political fortunes — if it does indeed plan to survive until May — that the Prime Minister felt compelled to bring out the nuclear option on Thursday, writes Laura Tingle.

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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.

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Look who’s stalking the field in takeover bid

Guess who's been on the blower to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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The government Australia left behind

While the Morrison administration suffers relevance deprivation, voters are getting on with their lives.

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Morrison government sending in the clowns

There was a wonderful exchange in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Morrison staves off historic vote defeat as Labor drops encryption fight

The Federal Government avoids a historic defeat that would have got more refugees off Manus Island and Nauru during a ...

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The Morrison government just walked away from crucial legislation to avoid losing a vote

Faced with the prospect of being the first government to lose a vote in the lower house for the first time in 90 years, the Coalition effectively shut down parliament early ...

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The 10 things Australia needs to do to become the best place in the world for startups

StartupAUS today released its annual Crossroads Report. The advocacy group makes ten recommendations to ensure a healthy startup sector. Among them are changes to R&D tax incentives and ways to encourage corporates to invest in startups. More »     

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Furious Labor says Morrison's offer on bill to ban student discrimination isn't genuine

Prime Minister Scott Morrison challenges the Federal Opposition to back the Government's bill to ban religious schools from discriminating against LGBTI students, drawing an angry response from Labor.

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Sugar tax, junk food ad bans and star ratings needed to fight obesity: committee

A Senate committee has urged the federal government to impose a tax on sugary drinks, mandate Health Star Ratings and ban junk food ads in an effort ...

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France suspends fuel tax hikes after violent protests

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced the suspension of fuel tax increases for six months in French President ...

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Your 10-second guide to today's Australian GDP report

Australia's September quarter GDP report will be released later today. While a lagging economic indicator, revealing what happened in the past, it still has significant implications for unemployment, inflation, ...

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Morrison seeks help from wiser heads on Jerusalem embassy minefield

The government has been quiet about how it will decide whether to move Australia's embassy in Israel. Behind the scenes, a major "face-saving" effort is under way.

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Morrison effectively kills off future Liberal PM spills with party changes

The Prime Minister implements one of the biggest changes to Liberal Party processes in more than 70 years, but also all but ensures the leadership coup that earned him the nation's top job will be tough to repeat.

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The AACTAs get no awards for portrayal of women

AACTA's needs some help on Twitter, Scott Morrison's agile takes on preselection, and Fraser Anning is going to get banned from Twitter, isn't he? The post The AACTAs get no awards for portrayal of women appeared first on Crikey.

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Why Scott Morrison is right on encryption but wrong on Muslims

The heads of Australia's intelligence agencies have argued publicly that they need to be able to decrypt communications to prevent attacks.

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Scott Morrison announces new leadership spill threshold

Scott Morrison announces new leadership spill threshold

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Morrison implements leadership spill guard

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has announced changes to Liberal Party rules governing leadership spills, Victoria will launch a royal commission into the convictions of notorious gangland figures, and reports emerge that the Brisbane Broncos' leadership change narrowly staved off a player revolt. It's the news you need to know, with ...

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Liberal MPs pass after-hours motion to change leadership spill rules

Scott Morrison summons Liberal Party MPs to an unscheduled meeting to pass changes that will make it harder to get rid of a sitting leader. A spill motion now needs two-thirds of the party's support to trigger a Liberal leadership change.

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Five things you might not know about controversial backbencher Craig Kelly

Just who is Sydney conservative backbencher Craig Kelly and why is he worth saving for Scott Morrison?

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Philippines journalist Maria Ressa promises Rappler will keep reporting

The high profile journalist, a target of President Rodrigo Duterte, has vowed to fight tax fraud charges.

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Turnbull tells PM to call early election, says he had planned a poll for March

The former prime minister encourages Scott Morrison to go to the polls shortly after the long summer break, arguing he ...

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The three hip-pocket issues that will decide the federal election

Scott Morrison has unofficially marked out the territorial lines over which he will argue voters will be worse off ...

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Crisis watch: the various dumpster fires threatening the Libs

The Morrison government has been overwhelmed by so many catastrophes already -- and yet, somehow, there's more in the tank. The post Crisis watch: ...

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For Gladys’ sake, go: Morrison’s circus will destroy NSW Liberals

The PM's desire to cling on to power for a couple more months will ensure that NSW voters take it out on Premier Gladys Berejiklian. The post For Gladys’ sake, go: Morrison’s circus will destroy NSW Liberals appeared first on Crikey.

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Malcolm Turnbull reveals he planned to hold an election on March 2, and wants Scott Morrison to follow through

A preselection brawl, with a sitting MP threatening to quit the party and move to the backbench if he's not re-endorsed, has led former PM Malcolm Turnbull to intervene. More »     

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Challenge-filled final sitting week to test PM's minority Government

Scott Morrison faces pushback in his quest to have new encryption legislation passed by the end of the final sitting week of the year, while the prospect of a High Court referral hangs over his colleague Peter Dutton in ...

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