Politicians are allowed to spam you with campaign texts.
Spamming in texts or by robo-calls may seem perverse, but it's unlikely to disappear. Here are some things you can expect leading up to the May election, and why they're allowed.
Clive Palmer (right) and former One Nation Senator Brian Burston announce the formation of the United Australia Party in Canberra.
Clive Palmer believes he can recapture the magic that saw him elected to Parliament in 2013, but what his new party – and others on the right – need is more discipline.
Recently, hard-right Coalition MPs have not had as much influence on government policy as they used to, and Malcolm Turnbull is probably benefiting from this.
While the Turnbull government's ratings have improved, the focus on its tax policies and the Barnaby Joyce story may be holding back its vote.
Brian Burston and Clive Palmer leave a press conference after a water sprinkler is turned on.
Any voters so angry about the more conventional parties that they are tempted to look Palmer's way again might like to consider the shenanigans on Monday.
Scott Morrison has been on the campaign trail selling the budget.
A combination of incompetence and expediency has let down the country in the task of fixing up the budget.
Glenn Lazarus and former MP Pauline Hanson are competing for every PUP vote to win a Queensland Senate seat.
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One in 20 Australians voted for the Palmer United Party in 2013. Their votes will be crucial again – especially in Queensland, where ex-PUP senator Glenn Lazarus could be replaced by Pauline Hanson.
Malcolm Turnbull receives a lick during a visit to the Port of Eden on the NSW south coast on Monday.
Finally, Clive Palmer has formally put a full stop to his personal political career, announcing on Monday he won’t be running for the Senate. Palmer United Party (PUP) will still field Senate candidates…
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education Nick Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss how it all went wrong for Clive Palmer.
The court may find Clive Palmer was a shadow director of Queensland Nickel if he is found to have been calling the shots.
Clive Palmer denies being a shadow director of Queensland Nickel, but in eyes of the law, it will be his involvement in business decisions that matters.
An embattled Clive Palmer again defended himself in the media on Tuesday.
The administrators investigating Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel have accused him of behaving "recklessly" and perhaps illegally.
The Clive Palmer story is one of the most remarkable in recent federal politics.
In his typical blustering manner, Clive Palmer, having refused every attempt to persuade him to participate in Monday’s ABC Four Corners – an expose of his controversial business affairs and overbearing…
Bernie Fraser, Greg Hunt and Clive Palmer announce the Climate Change Authority’s emissions trading review last year, after Palmer prevented the authority being abolished.
The Climate Change Authority, rocked by this week's resignation of its chairman Bernie Fraser but saved last year by the Senate, will continue reviewing climate policy - even if its advice is ignored.
Like Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi (right), PUP leader Clive Palmer heads up what can be termed a ‘personal’ party.
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While Silvio Berlusconi has shown himself to be adept at transferring business organisational and marketing skills to politics, Clive Palmer has appeared completely out of his depth in this sense.
Then there were two: Clive Palmer and Dio Wang are now the two lone Palmer United Party parliamentarians.
PUP is now in a tiny kennel, which will be an interesting test of the relationship between the bombastic but diminished Clive Palmer and his lone Senate player, the understated and unassuming Dio Wang
Senator Glenn Lazarus has left the Palmer United Party.
The Senate numbers have been thrown into new confusion and Clive Palmer's power much weakened with the defection of the Palmer United Party's Senate leader, Glenn Lazarus.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s fortunes from now on will swing from poll to poll.
The cameras were in the cabinet room on Monday, apparently so the TV stations could get footage of the new line-up after last year’s reshuffle. But Tony Abbott also wanted to get a message out – one he’s…
PUP leader Clive Palmer is looking at a potentially difficult year.
When Tony Abbott was asked on Friday whether he’d consider stepping aside for Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull – both of whom are more popular than he is – the Prime Minister defaulted to chutzpah. Abbott…
Palmer United Party founder Clive Palmer had to miss the Queensland election launch, leaving it to state leader John Bjelke-Petersen – backed by senators Glenn Lazarus and Dio Wang – to make the pitch to voters.
It’s been a surprisingly muted campaign from the Palmer United Party (PUP) ahead of Queensland’s January 31 poll – and on Sunday, the man who started it all couldn’t even make it to his own party. At the…
Senator Jacqui Lambie has further complicated an already difficult Senate.
The full ramifications of Jacqui Lambie’s decision to leave the PUP kennel to sit as an independent won’t be clear for some time. Obviously, however, it is a major blow to Clive Palmer’s power. It further…