Crikey readers on ministerial standards, Scott Morrison's PR and the fight for renewable energy.
Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne's absence at a Senate inquiry into their post-ministerial employment speaks volumes.
With a company that specialises in boxes, a CD store, and a baking brand ranking higher than Football Federation Australia, this year's list is a real Thermomixed bag.
It looked like the deal of the century. Now the $50 billion Future Submarine contract is coming under intense scrutiny as costs mount and timelines balloon.
The Commonwealth ministerial standards are almost impossible to breach, can't be properly monitored, and are unenforceable anyway. Which makes them perfect.
Good morning, early birds. Maverick Senator Jacqui Lambie agrees to support the government's tax cut plan -- oh, and there's just one condition... Plus, Labor turns the screws on Scott Morrison over former MPs' new commercial gigs.
Christopher Pyne's role with a big four consulting firm is less important than the relentless growth of those firms within government. That's what a Senate inquiry should examine.
Defence offers a lucrative source of revenue for the big four consulting firms, and a rich tradition of former officials helping companies take advantage.
With Chinese fighter jets and US naval ships circling, Taiwan has become a hotspot once again — just in time for the federal election.