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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy arrive for the Mid Winter Ball at Parliament House in Canberra on ...

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Legislation, maiden speeches and political battle: MPs are back in Parliament for the final sitting day of the week.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time last week.

Turnbull calls poll for July 2

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is about to make his pitch to voters to re elect his government ahead of the July 2 election.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a joint press conference with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Chief of Navy ...

Politics Live: April 19, 2016

Only 74 days to go people. We are in the warm up campaign following the Senate's rejection of the government's building watchdog legislation which handed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a trigger for a double dissolution election.

Future, tense: Malcolm Turnbull needs a strong win to have credibility.

Politics Live: April 18, 2016

Australia faces a double dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate rejected Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's building industry watchdog legislation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 16 March 2016. ...

Politics Live: March 17, 2016

It's the last day of the sitting week although the Senate is expected to sit late into the night to pass the government's upper house voting changes. And lower house MPs will have to stick around to approve the changes. So it's not quite the last day. Between now then things could get a bit testy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister Christopher Pyne during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra ...

Politics Live: March 16, 2016

Hello and welcome to the day in politics. As well as more talk about the budget - what's in, what's out, when it will be - the report into the Safe Schools is the topic of conversation. It's basically a stick of dynamite that will get thrown onto an already fiery week.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced his new ministry Parliament House in Canberra on Sunday 20 September 2015. ...

Politics Live: March 15, 2016

Hello and welcome to the start of another sitting week. Will it be the last week before the government goes all crazy na na and decides to have an early double dissolution election? Will the budget be moved? Will we even find out the answers to these questions?

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia has a big stake in the success of China's economic transition because it will generate ...

Politics Live: March 3, 2016

The Prime Minister calls in the police to investigate a leak that may or may not have something to do with his predecessor - it's just like old times. Suspicion and tax are the themes of the day.

"We respect every member of this House": Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time on Tuesday.

Politics Live: March 2, 2016

Tax, tax, tax, that's all anyone wants to talk about. Is Labor trying to destroy the housing market or is the Coalition merely governing for the rich? Let's see who is winning the war of hyperbole.

Former prime minister John Howard with Malcolm Turnbull.

Politics Live: February 29, 2016

Never miss a meal is the advice from one of the most successful prime ministers. Words for Malcolm Turnbull as he heads into another sitting week.

The realisation has sunk in that making Malcolm Turnbull the leader has not miraculously transformed politics, nor ...

Politics Live: February 25, 2016

Hello and welcome to the final day of the week. The debate about tax reform - or the lack thereof - continues and the government will release its defence white paper later this morning.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Photo: ...

Politics Live: February 24, 2016

Hello and welcome to Wednesday - hump day - and the government and opposition are locked in a battle over house prices and whether making housing more affordable is a good or a bad thing.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday 22 February 2016. ...

Politics Live: February 23, 2016

Hello and welcome to another day in federal politics where the talk is all about whether or not Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will pull the trigger on an early double dissolution election. And a bit of tax.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, whose son has sold the family's million-dollar debt in failed sports technology firm PlayUp.

Politics Live: February 22, 2016

After a messy start to the political year a new opinion poll shows that, perhaps not surprisingly, the public has marked the government down. Let's see how it responds.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time. He wants a referendum worded to 'sing' to Aboriginal and Torres ...

Politics Live: February 11, 2016

Hello and welcome to the day in politics. Two senior ministers are leaving Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's ranks and another is under a cloud. There's never a more exciting time for a reshuffle.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time in Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday 9 February 2016. Photo: ...

Politics Live: February 10, 2016

Hello there and welcome to the day in politics. At 10 am Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver the tenth annual address to Parliament on indigenous disadvantage.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 4 February 2016. Photo: ...

Politics Live: February 9, 2016

The week's themes are coalescing around tax and asylum seekers but a new front is opening up around whether or not the government wants to outsource a large swathe of Medicare.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tasted a freakshake when he visited the cafe precinct at the Manuka Lawns in Canberra on ...

Politics Live: February 8, 2016

Hello and welcome to Monday. After a picnic on the lawns of The Lodge yesterday MPs are back talking about what they were talking about when we left them on Thursday - the GST and asylum seekers.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 3 February 2016. ...

Politics Live: February 4, 2016

Hello there and welcome to another day in politics. The repercussions of yesterday's High Court decision continue and the pressure on the Prime Minister in relation to the GST grows. What a time to be alive.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time as Parliament resumes.

Politics Live: February 3, 2016

Hello and welcome to Wednesday. The High Court has thrown out a challenge to the government's policy of offshore detention. Let's listen in on the reaction to the decision.

Photo: Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten: Not the time for serious reform of negative gearing.

Politics Live: February 2, 2016

Hello and welcome back to the first day of Parliament for 2016. The summer beards have been shaved off and everyone's shoes are shiny.

Special minister of State Mal Brough during question time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 2 December 2015. ...

Politics Live: December 3, 2015

Hello there and welcome to the last sitting day of the year. Will Mal Brough still be Special Minister of State by the day's end? Let's find out.