As Alan Tudge tried to protect Christian Porter from embarrassment, so Porter is trying to protect Alexander Downer from scrutiny over his role in the bugging of Timor-Leste.
Woodside Energy being paid to take care of its own mess is certainly eyebrow raising, but it's simply a small part of the long and questionable relationship between the company and the Australian government.
As the government scores a win in its shameful secret prosecution of Bernard Collaery, it seems like Labor is finally starting to wake up.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made his name by employing ethnonationalism and anti-Semitism. Where's the outcry about his Australian cheer squad?
Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has taken a swipe at the UN, and the Russia probe escalates as Alexander Downer rejects Republican claims he was "directed" to contact the Trump election campaign. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.
Crikey readers discuss Scott Morrison's White House adventures.
The Australian government has offered its full support to Donald Trump's investigation of the FBI's Russia probe. The fact that the investigation is bullshit doesn't seem to matter.
The conservative, Queen-loving Alexander Downer will forever be remembered, in the US at least, as the Australian who kicked off the Mueller investigation. That's got to sting a bit.
The former foreign minister, now ex-pat, has found a gig close to his heart.
The issue has been dormant for a few months, but expect the Liberals to go after industry super again if they're returned to government.