Kerryn Phelps' style is of the outsider who is politically effective. But she's up against a representative of a system of power that is used to getting its own way.
Australian asylum policy has been a 20-year fight to the bottom. Is there finally a turning point in sight?
Good morning, early birds. The government has been delivered its long-awaited historic loss in parliament over medical evacuation legislation, and the Coalition and Labor continue to duke it out in a jam-packed start to the sitting year. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Good morning, early birds. Freed Bahraini refugee Hakeem al-Araibi is expected to be home in Australia within hours, and Bill Shorten faces the year's first parliamentary sitting day having backflipped on support for medical transfer legislation. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Good morning, early birds. There are warnings that Bill Shorten is set to ramp down his support for Kerryn Phelps' medical transfer legislation, and a NSW Liberal power broker backs Labor. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Good morning, early birds. Labor is seeking an inquiry into the potential leaking of the banking royal commission report, and Home Affairs comes out swinging against Kerryn Phelps' medical evacuation bill. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
After trying to appease Kerryn Phelps and the crossbench, Morrison has returned to talking tough on asylum seekers. But was his policy ever a big shift?
Good morning, early birds. Chinese lobbyist and billionaire political donor Huang Xiangmo has had his Australian permanent residency blocked, and Scott Morrison rules out a snap election resulting from any upcoming losses in parliament. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
It goes without saying that the crossbenchers are hugely important for next week's vote on medical evacuations. But where do they stand?
Good morning, early birds. The government's anti-encryption bill is set to be passed today after last-minute recommendations were tabled, the Coalition calls for voter ID laws to counter "mistrust of politicians", and Indigenous and LGBTIQ storytelling cleans up at the AACTAs. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.