Australia's PM Anthony Albanese has held policy discussions with US President Joe Biden during his visit to Washington. Bernard says part of the rationale for the trip to the US was to minimise the impacts on investment in Australia of the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS Act.
These provide mammoth subsidies for renewables and critical minerals manufacturing and processing in the US.
And national carrier, Qantas is at the heart of another scandal after it defended itself in court against charges of selling tickets to ghost flights by claiming it doesn't actually sell tickets to flights, it sells "bundles of rights".
Bernard Keane is politics editor of Australia's Crikey website