Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley

Jacqueline Maley is the Canberra-based Parliamentary Sketch Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Press Club speech critical moment for floundering Abbott

Jacqueline Maley and James Massola When the Prime Minister stands on the podium at the National Press Club on Monday, he has one chief task: to wrench our gaze forward and make his listeners, from the journalists in the room to the...

Tony Abbott's sentimental journey to Britain and Oxford University

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Jacqueline Maley When the 20-something Tony Abbott winged into Heathrow bound for Oxford University, he did not experience England as a foreigner.

Advocates plan same-sex marriage push in federal electorates for 2015

Jacqueline Maley Same sex marriage advocates are planning a 2015 blitz on western Sydney as part of a push across 50 key federal electorates for the enactment of marriage equality legislation before the next election.

Women rate Tony Abbott poorly on all fronts

Jacqueline Maley Poll highlights deficiencies but also provides clues as to how women might be wooed.

Menzies Awards: 2014's most entertaining politicians

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Jacqueline Maley Movie stars have the Oscars, TV stars have the Logies. So Jacqueline Maley, tongue firmly in cheek, announces which of Australia's politicians deserve a Hanson Award for their performances in 2014.

Women in cabinet: Prime Minister doubles women's cabinet representation to two

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Jacqueline Maley It must have been awkward, all this time, commencing cabinet meetings with the greeting: "Good morning, lady and gentlemen".

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Climate change proving a persistent biter of prime ministerial bottoms

Jacqueline Maley For climate-change doomsayers and "warmists" alike, this has become the force majeure in Australian politics.

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Abbott's Coalition 'not a happy family', say backbenchers

Criticised: The PM's chief of staff, Peta Credlin.

Jacqueline Maley The Coalition is "not a happy family" and there is a "shitload of room for improvement" say government MPs.

The princess principle: why both the Greens and their detractors are wrong

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Jacqueline Maley The "No Gender December" campaign has raised the stakes in the battle of the sex stereotypes, and the newly launched book Women in Clothes is sowing further confusion.

Why Mark Latham misses the point

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Jacqueline Maley No, Mark Latham is not taking anti-depressants. He must be on something far stronger.

Tony Abbott tries hostessing, G20 style

Jacqueline Maley Call it Tony Abbott's Mrs Dalloway moment. History has not recorded whether our Prime Minister Tony Abbott has read the classic Virginia Woolf novel, which wrings maximum drama out of the eponymous...

Forget sorry, for Mathias Cormann tax is the hardest word to say in parliament

Tricky talk: Mathias Cormann has skirted around the words taxes and tariffs on Twitter.

Jacqueline Maley There have been a few linguistic twists in parliament this week with politicians seeking to avoid certain words they just don't like the sound of - or know the public don't.

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Julie Bishop sparks own Coalition leadership rumours

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Jacqueline Maley Just because Julie Bishop, our briskly efficacious Foreign Minister, has been busy leading the Australian response to the MH17 disaster, eyeballing President Vladimir Putin and basking in the praise...

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Parliamentary sketch: Capital capers all come down to tax

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Jacqueline Maley When three men dressed as a biker, a niqab-wearing woman and a Ku Klux Klan member turned up at Parliament House on Monday, it looked like the set-up of a joke your casually racist great-uncle would...

Sir John Kerr came off worse in the dismissal of Gough Whitlam's government

Sir John Kerr and Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in procession in the King's Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, for the swearing in of Kerr as the new Governor General, 11 July 1974.
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Jacqueline Maley When Sir John Kerr presented the 1977 Melbourne Cup, it was almost exactly two years since he had committed his constitutional faux pas.

Burqa-gate: serious business or just a great big cover up?

You don't see many women donning burqas in Canberra, and yet more members of Parliament are calling for its ban.

Jacqueline Maley The burqa, a full-length, head-covering garment worn almost exclusively by Afghan women in Afghanistan, is not a frequent sight on Capital Hill.

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Kevin Andrews' Hunger Games policy a matter of survival for both sides

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Jacqueline Maley One of the more startling of the government's budget measures was the idiosyncratic decision by Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews to make young people under 30 "wait" six months before they can...

Girl evacuated from Nauru after self-harm attempt

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng hold a flute of champagne after signing a deal to resettle refugees from Australia to Cambodia.

Jacqueline Maley A 15-year-old asylum seeker girl believed to have attempted self-harm has been evacuated to Australia from the Nauru detention centre, the government confirmed on Saturday, as it drew strong...

Julia Gillard book launch a relaxed rerun of the 43rd Parliament, without the Liberals

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Jacqueline Maley It was like a reunion of the 43rd parliament, except, well, it was pleasant. The harbour was drenched in the solar glitter of the Sydney spring.

Julia Gillard in Royal Commission hot seat

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Jacqueline Maley Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been grilled for hours at the Royal Commission into trade union corruption. Jacqueline Maley reports.