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.
Turnbull seems to have lost interest in that super important ABCC bill
You know, the reason we had the election ... allegedly.