2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
Malcolm Turnbull’s excitement, no doubt fuelled by relief, at the Bennelong byelection win was obvious.
The win in Saturday's byelection was a crucial fillip for Malcolm Turnbull, who has finished a rocky year on a relative high – one he will hope continues into the new year.
Malcolm Turnbull and John Alexander celebrate victory in the Bennelong byelection.
John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong after a fiercely contested byelection, and declared it 'the renaissance' of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.
Sam Dastyari leaves parliament but insists he is a patriotic Australian.
Sam Dastyari has given in to pressure from within his party and resigned from parliament, saying he had always acted with integrity.
Sam Dastyari is facing increased pressure to consider his position as a Labor senator.
Sam Dastyari is again in hot water after allegations he pressed Tanya Plibersek not to meet an advocate for Chinese democracy in 2015.
Barnaby Joyce’s big win in the New England byelection had little to do with recent political developments.
Unlike Tony Windsor in 2016, none of Barnaby Joyce's New England byelection opponents had the resources to run a strong campaign.
Labor’s Sam Dastyari has been sacked from his position as deputy Senate whip for his poor judgement.
The Sam Dastyari episode underscores the need for clear-cut rules to prevent those with links to foreign governments from using money to influence the political process.
Sam Dastyari has been forced to resign as Labor’s deputy Senate whip.
Bill Shorten has forced Labor senator Sam Dastyari to quit as opposition deputy whip in the Senate.
Voters still prefer Malcolm Turnbull over Bill Shorten, according to focus group research ahead of Saturday’s state election.
Malcolm Turnbull's cancellation of next week's House of Representatives sitting has been received sceptically by Queensland 'soft' voters, but they still prefer him over Bill Shorten.
Supporters of same-sex marriage in Melbourne celebrate the ‘yes’ result.
The same-sex marriage ballot was strongly carried in all states and territories, and won in all but 17 of the 150 electorates.
Malcolm Turnbull has dealt with the Bennelong byelection news from the Phillipines.
If Kristina Keneally could wrest Bennelong once again for Labor, the opposition would inflict a massive blow on the Coalition.
Bill Shorten is demanding a tougher, faster citizenship disclosure system.
Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten are inching toward an agreement on the form of a citizenship declaration that each MP would have to make within weeks.
Bill Shorten has said Labor would support a ‘universal disclosure to the parliament’ on citizenship.
Labor has been on a unity ticket with the Coalition in opposing an audit, but as the crisis continues to unfold it has moved to a position that falls short of bringing in an outside auditor.
Michaelia Cash wrote a letter on Thursday asking the Registered Organisations Commission to refer the leak of the raids to the AFP.
The government's obvious attempt to use the recently established Registered Organisations Commission for political purposes is an abuse of power.
Michaelia Cash told a Senate estimates hearing the tip-off was made without her knowledge.
A senior staffer of Employment Minister Michaelia Cash was forced to quit after tipping off the media about police raids on the Australian Workers Union's offices.
Bill Shorten said that the proposed fund would help local manufacturers innovate and diversify.
Bill Shorten is promising that a Labor government would set up a A$1 billion fund to assist 'advanced manufacturing'.
Bill Shorten will be buoyed by the latest Newspoll figures, which show Labor increasing its lead over the Coalition.
Labor extends its crucial two-party preferred lead over the government, while in the marriage equality postal survey, the 'yes' case appears to be losing its advantage.
Malcolm Turnbull received the result via a text during question time.
The seven judges were unanimous, and costs were awarded against those that brought the challenges.
Bill Shorten tabled a copy of his UK citizenship renunciation documents on Monday.
While it would have been much easier for the government if Barnaby Joyce had stood aside from cabinet while the High Court determined his parliamentary eligibility, the Nationals leader was too big a fish…
The University of Canberra’s Michelle Grattan and Michael de Percy discuss the week in politics.