A week of transitions in politics: five things to ponder |

A week of transitions in politics: five things to ponder | World news | NewsWire
The new senators gather in the Senate chamber during their orientation session on Friday. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

1. National security: hard to miss, yet harder to see

The Abbott government is trying very hard to make the transition out of a very bad budget period into a post-July period where it might be able to kick some goals. After roadtesting the concept for a couple of weeks, the government has now flicked the switch decisively to national security.

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A week of transitions in politics: five things to ponder

A week of transitions in politics: five things to ponder | World news | NewsWire
The new senators gather in the Senate chamber during their orientation session on Friday. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAP

1. National security: hard to miss, yet harder to see

The Abbott government is trying very hard to make the transition out of a very bad budget period into a post-July period where it might be able to kick some goals. After roadtesting the concept for a couple of weeks, the government has now flicked the switch decisively to national security.

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'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour
'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol" XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes).

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‘American Idol’ Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour
'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

American Idol Winner Caleb Johnson performs onstage during Fox's "American Idol" XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 

Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes).

Read More >