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Anthony Albanese points to Labor’s limited capacity to alter legislation in the Senate, as he defends the decision to vote for passing the government’s full tax package. Lukas Coch/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times

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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
Morrison warned against those who wanted to run scare campaigns as a result of the announcements, saying they would be taking Australians for mugs. David Mariuz/AAP

Slimmed-down migration program has regional focus

The overhaul of the program comes after pressure from various quarters including conservative Liberals for immigration to be lowered, and the government talking up the need for 'congestion busting'.
The government leader in the Senate, Mathias Cormann, congratulates Steven Martin after his maiden speech. Now Martin has joined the Coalition team. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Independent crossbencher Steve Martin joins Nationals, giving the party a Tasmanian presence

The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
Protesters carry signs during a march for science Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Denver. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Want to change federal policies? Here’s how

One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum lives within a single federal electorate. Their local MP has a responsibility to be their voice. Zoos Victoria

Just ten MPs represent more than 600 threatened species in their electorates

Just a handful of federal members of parliament represent hundreds of Australia's threatened species.
Chair of the parliamentary joint committee on human rights, WA Liberal Ian Goodenough. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull sympathetic to parliamentary inquiry on 18C

The Prime Minister seems to be less resistant to changing the wording of 18C, after much campaigning on the topic from within his own party.
The imperative for major reform of Australia’s political and policy processes is more real and urgent than ever. AAP/Lukas Coch

Australia needs to lead again on democratic innovation

Australia’s national politicians again need to step up and lead the way on the inevitable process of national and global democratic innovation.
Malcolm Turnbull is keen on big ideas, but so far has been slow to put any of his own into action. AAP/Dean Lewins

Why has the ‘ideas boom’ eluded the Turnbull government?

Five months into his prime ministership, it is difficult to know what Malcolm Turnbull really stands for, and his government risks paralysis as a result.
Malcolm Turnbull may struggle to persuade Daniel Andrews and some other state leaders to back major tax change, though Mike Baird has been arguing for reform. Sam Mooy/AAP

Turnbull faces his most taxing test yet: wooing the states to overhaul the GST

Despite all the media coverage, don't expect any clear decisions on national tax reform on Friday. But we should see more progress on other issues, including domestic violence and violent extremism.
Malcolm Turnbull’s potentially most dangerous opposition has begun to emerge from inside his own party. AAP/Lukas Coch

Albanese offers Labor a counter to Turnbull’s polished charms

If Anthony Albanese becomes Labor leader, Australians will have the strongest ideological and stylistic contrast in major party leaders since Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke 33 years before.

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