Michelle Grattan speaks with Lawrence Pratchett about this weekend's elections.
There are undoubtedly advantages for unions in terms of access and policy influence by having former officials as MPs.
Both male and female participants were in favour of more women in parliament, and pointed to the value of more diverse opinions than just those of 'middle-aged white male lawyers'.
Labor sources are talking down the chances of Ged Kearney in Batman, though the party is not writing off the seat.
Politics podcast: the Batman byelection battleground.
On Saturday, Labor and Bill Shorten face a major test in the Melbourne seat of Batman.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
Adani is being seen as a test of Bill Shorten's commitment to policy integrity versus his willingness to say and do whatever is politically expedient.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
Barnaby Joyce's position appears to have been weakened rather than strengthened by his publicity tactic.
The reallocation is short and long Senate terms for Tasmania distorts the 2016 election result.
We are paying more for our health insurance because we are using it more. No crude, short-term measures to restrict premium growth will deal with this fact.
While this Newspoll is Malcolm Turnbull's 26th consecutive loss (four short of Tony Abbott's streak), it is the Coalition's best position since April 2017.
Bill Shorten has taken a further step toward opposing the proposed Queensland Adani coal mine.
Bill Shorten for a long time seemed to have the political breaks running his way, but suddenly things have turned.
Labor MP David Feeney has quit parliament and triggered a byelection in the Victorian seat of Batman.
Come election time, votes won't turn on an integrity commission. They will turn on such issues as cost of living, discontent with flat wages, and health.
Bill Shorten said a proposed National Integrity Commission would operate 'as a standing royal commission into serious and systematic corruption'.
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.
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.
John Alexander won the seat of Bennelong after a fiercely contested byelection, and declared it 'the renaissance' of Malcolm Turnbull's leadership.