If you’re wondering what’s happening with the ABCC bill, the passage of which was supposed to provide a triumphant end of the year for the Turnbull government, it’s been pulled off the Senate agenda for this week. There’s no deal with the crossbench yet, apparently — and it seems like Barnaby Joyce’s welshing on his Murray-Darling Basin deal with South Australia, which has enraged Nick Xenophon, is the culprit. But there are four days next week for passage. Our tip is: expect an ABCC deal, but only after significant compromise. The government desperately wants those “massive win for Turnbull” headlines, meaningless as they are.

Peter Fray

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