The Turnbull government has hand-balled responsibility for protecting people facing big pay cuts on Sundays and public holidays to the Fair Work Commission, effectively guaranteeing Labor and the union movement will mount a ferocious industrial relations campaign all the way until the next election.
Michael Gordon is the political editor of The Age.
High-profile Aboriginal politicians insist they are waiting on the work of the Referendum Council.
The case doesn't stack up and send a message that, in the words of George Brandis, people have a right to be bigots.
Indigenous Australians have rejected a referendum that offers only minimal recognition in the constitution, insisting they will walk away unless more meaningful change is offered.
When Malcolm Turnbull assumed the mantle of a nation-building prime minister this week, evoking the vision and courage of those who delivered Australia's biggest engineering project, he could have offered a silent prayer to his Liberal predecessors.
Australia's tortured and toxic debate on energy policy has entered its most destructive phase.
The preference deal helped to turn a certain debacle into an unmitigated disaster.
Nasir* waited almost five years for the chance to state his case. Then he had just a single day to nail it.
Malcolm Turnbull needs to change tack if he is to have any prospect of neutralising the debate on Sunday penalty rates in the retail and hospitality industries, let alone winning it – and change tack fast.
Indigenous Australians should think big, but be willing to compromise to ensure the referendum to recognise them in the constitution wins overwhelming support, the country's most senior Aboriginal politician, Ken Wyatt, has urged.