What this election will really be about for Malcolm Turnbull is the size of his post-election majority.
What might be Malcolm Turnbull's worst nightmare, apart from losing the election? Scraping back as a minority government, with Tony Windsor in balance of power.
Ricky Muir from the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party this week made an unsuccessful last roll of the dice to try to delay the government's Senate voting reform legislation.
Labor will not support moves to recall the Senate but Bill Shorten reaffirmed that Labor would not block supply.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said Labor would not support an early recall of the Senate, further complicating the situation if the government wants to call a double dissolution.
One only has to know Malcolm Turnbull’s nature to understand his deep frustration at the government’s internal dissent.
The momentum for a July 2 double dissolution has accelerated with Malcolm Turnbull opening the way to bring the May 10 budget forward by a week. “The budget will be in May,” he said on Tuesday, as he prepared…
It has been a week of political contests, both within party lines and across them. Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan take a look at the bitter rivalry between Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.
Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison often seem in different places, and not just on tax options.
Politics has its own purgatory, as Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott might have reflected when they sat on the same table at the Howard government's 20th anniversary dinner on Wednesday.
Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann has announced that the Senate voting reforms will include a provision for optional preferential voting below the line.
The government is making a major change to its legislation to reform the Senate voting system after a recommendation from a brief parliamentary inquiry.
South Australian Greens’ rank and file are set to decide the order on a double dissolution ticket.
The Greens' agreement to Senate voting changes has sparked a potential preselection battle between the party's two South Australian senators.
Malcolm Turnbull and Kelly O'Dwyer this week made contradictory comments about the effects of implementing Labor’s capital gains tax reforms.
The Turnbull government desperately needs a circuit breaker. It is in an appalling mess over tax policy and it can't afford to wait until the budget to have it sorted out.
Family First senator Bob Day is one of eight crossbenchers who would face an election in the event of a double dissolution.
Family First senator Bob Day is set to propose an amendment to the legislation changing the Senate voting system that would prevent the government using the new rules in a double dissolution.
Malcolm Turnbull and Mathias Cormann have announced changes to the Senate voting system.
The government is set to secure reforms to the Senate voting system that will squeeze out micro-players.
Malcolm Turnbull already has ‘trigger bills’ that he could present to the Governor-General to call a double dissolution election.
Malcolm Turnbull is fond of saying that we need to be less risk averse. Now the question is whether he will follow his own advice. He is waving around the possibility of a double dissolution in early July…
Malcolm Turnbull must wait for Nationals leader Warren Truss to decide his future before announcing a ministerial reshuffle.
When Malcolm Turnbull addressed his party room on Tuesday, he had a double message.
Malcolm Turnbull will need to allow himself plenty of time to spruik tax reform before an election in 2016.
Call me naïve, but I can't see why Malcolm Turnbull would rush to an election early next year after flagging he will go full term.
Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics including the recent chatter of a double dissolution, what would happen to crossbenchers if it did happen and three Nationals crossing the floor in the Senate.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott desperately needs to be projecting an air of stability.
One government man has an interesting theory on why Tony Abbott mightn't mind talk of a double dissolution election. The PM finds governing very hard – and would love to be back on the campaign trail.
Environment minister Greg Hunt and prime minister Tiny Abbott are keen to repeal the carbon tax as soon as parliament sits - but it may prove harder than they thought.
The Coalition will introduce its draft bill to repeal the Clean Energy Act into parliament next week. The bill would effectively remove the current carbon tax and its planned replacement, an emissions…
What are the constitutional and political issues for Tony Abbott to consider around double dissolution elections?
Prime minister Tony Abbott has indicated (again) that he is willing to set in motion the procedures necessary to call a double dissolution election, in order to force the repeal of the carbon tax through…