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Lobbying: bin the code of conduct, time to learn from the Canadians

Lobbying: bin the code of conduct, time to learn from the Canadians

The ministerial code of conduct on lobbying is a dead letter -- it's time to legislate what lobbyists can and can't do.

Chainsaw gets chopped down, but more climate quarrels beckon

Chainsaw gets chopped down, but more climate quarrels beckon

The failed defection of Ian Macfarlane is a win for Malcolm Turnbull but will exacerbate what will be a difficult relationship with the Nationals over climate policy.

Poll Bludger: could Turnbull-haters revive the irrelevant Nats?

Poll Bludger: could Turnbull-haters revive the irrelevant Nats?

Ian Macfarlane was the first to go, but will he be the last?

Isentia Index: Macfarlane buys the farm… erm, joins the Nats

Isentia Index: Macfarlane buys the farm… erm, joins the Nats

It was all about defections and exits in this week's media coverage.

Innovation! Turn to the left. Innovation! Turn to the right …

Innovation! Turn to the left. Innovation! Turn to the right …

"Innovation policy" is a big challenge for policymakers. And they tend to let their ideology dictate how they approach it.

The gloss is vanishing quickly from Turnbull’s shiny new government

The gloss is vanishing quickly from Turnbull’s shiny new government

New governments always lose their sheen, but Malcolm Turnbull's paintwork has been battered by problems that aren't going to go away soon.

Tips and rumours: Ludlam’s sick burn

Tips and rumours: Ludlam’s sick burn

The art of the insult. Greens Senator Scott Ludlam used a speech in the Senate last night to wage a blistering attack on Senator Ian Macdonald. Speaking on the report handed down from the inquiry into the government’s National Program for Excellence in the Arts, Ludlam called Macdonald “an individual who uniquely combines aggression with total […]

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

Is "green lawfare" really destroying our economy and way of life? Er ...

Bomb attack rocks fragile Thailand ahead of Australian trade visit

Bomb attack rocks fragile Thailand ahead of Australian trade visit

Even before last night's bomb attack in Bangkok, Thailand's political economy was on shaky ground.

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

The good news is the Abbott government has finally agreed to a Renewable Energy Target. The bad news is it is nowhere near where it should be.