Why was Christopher Pyne waving a piece of paper over his head while calling his opposite number 'scum'? Tradition.
Tony Wright is the National Affairs Editor of The Age. He has been based in the Canberra Press Gallery for 20 years, working for The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Bulletin before joining The Age in 2007. He has written two plays and two best-selling books, was named Magazine Feature Writer of the Year twice, has won several UN Media Peace Prizes and has been a Walkley Awards finalist five times.
There seemed something particularly apt about the 19-gun salute to the opening of the latest Parliament.
Australia's former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, has proposed what is surely a world-first plan for shooting down the gun-loving US Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump: a "massacre tax" on US gun exports.
Mathias Cormann, when he offered up his "wibble wobble, jelly on a plate" line on Monday, surely had a hotter verse from that annoying nursery rhyme on the tip of his tongue.
Malcolm Turnbull had barely got through his predictable declaration that Australia needed a clear economic plan to secure its future, the high-powered audience was happily digging in to the remains of its luncheon dessert, a chocolate confection with icecream….when the whole enterprise turned to custard.
Pro-refugee demonstrators who secretly infiltrated a Melbourne business audience suddenly stormed the stage on Tuesday as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tried to deliver his first major economic speech since the election.
The new Senator is right, of course. Everyone has been manipulating the data.
There was high anxiety in the family as the census night of 1966 approached.
Senator Hinch was in hot form, declaring Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had taken only five months to present himself as an emperor with no clothes and Pauline Hanson was "repugnant".
How can Malcolm Turnbull be rid of the Kevin Rudd curse? In a moment of desperation he seeks the help of another former prime minister.