Or is the Prime Minister polishing his barnacles?
A CFMMEU paper released the day before Labor's national conference outlines a bold list of demands aimed at propping up the union movement, calling on the party to support tax incentives and procurement rules to help boost membership.
Scott Morrison will recognise Palestinian claims to East Jerusalem in a strong statement on the need for a two-state solution.
Government's $18m spend a positive sign for the nation's finances.
This effort to ‘scrape off the barnacles’, as John Howard apparently used to call it, before the election campaign starts has merely created more of a mess.
The Federal Court of Australia has rejected an employer group's attempt to break up the merged Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.
Bill Shorten's colleagues want a quiet and sober ALP national conference, with no nasty surprises. The wild days of Terrigal forever remind them why.
As chaotic as it was, the leadership challenge against Theresa May acted as a force for stability. Unlike Australia's musical chairs.
Domestic violence campaigner Libby Lloyd warns good programs are at risk from funding cuts.
Federal MPs, their staff and public servants will be breathing a sigh of relief.
The Morrison government has been told Australia’s $13 billion-a-year system for supporting military veterans is broken.
Up to half a million Australians are unable to access treatment that could permanently change their lives, leading to a drag on the health and justice systems.
Scott Morrison has sparked a policy row over the powers needed to stamp out corruption among politicians.
The government on Thursday released a new test for measuring animal welfare standards on board live exports ships to the Middle East.
Gay men are currently banned from donating blood in Australia, but advocates say science has advanced and it is now safe.
The Morrison government's $7.3 billion employment services program is set for a major overhaul.
Freedom of religion is the least important and most concocted freedom in the human rights handbook.
Mr Morrison is clearly hoping he has neutralised the issue of a federal anti-graft commission as a point of difference in the election next May.
Its investigative powers and scope would be far inferior to the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.
With only seven parliamentary sitting days scheduled before the budget, it remains unlikely the law will pass before an election is called.
The Prime Minister targeted his message at multicultural Australia, arguing protecting religious freedom was "synonymous with our identity".
The Prime Minister said the government had been working on the proposal since January.
The Liberal candidate for Wentworth's late-night tweet is widely believed to be directed at far-right MPs in his party.
The government favours bidders with projects that can deliver reliable electricity.
A military business that tried to censor a government report argues it did not breach parliamentary privilege.
The Morrison government has been advised by key bureaucrats and retired “wise elders” against moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem or making other significant changes to Australia’s stance.
The premiers have demanded more say over population in a debate with the Prime Minister.
Up to 90 asylum seekers have rejected an offer to move to the United States.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne says the government has ironed out its major disagreements with French submarine builder Naval Group and will finally sign an overarching contract early next year to build the new fleet.
Brendan O'Connor has declined to commit to revealing Labor's full industrial relations policy before the federal election, leaving employers and unions in the dark about how far the party will go in reforming the system if it wins government.