It started with Labor, but both major parties now emphasise unity on most policy matters.
The 'party discipline' that has its roots in the Labor Party's precursor of the 1890s has stifled real political debate, making even the smartest politicians sound like hacks and act like sheep.
Malcolm Turnbull is facing many of the same obstacles as James Scullin but in a less extreme form.
James Scullin’s prime ministership was ultimately cut short because, in the face of a great economic crisis, he did not appear to have a coherent plan.
In his speech, Bill Shorten tapped into community hopes and fears, positives and negatives.
With the polls remaining close and confusing but a general feeling that Malcolm Turnbull has the edge in this election, Bill Shorten has made a spirited appeal to Labor’s faithful to put their shoulders…
Bill Shorten rallied his party for a big effort in the final fortnight of the campaign.
Bill Shorten has pledged Labor would reverse the government's cuts to pathology and give a modest tax break to small businesses to get people back into the workforce.
As election day edges closer, the Labor Party finds itself without much of a tailwind. At Labor's official campaign launch on Sunday, Bill Shorten will need to bring together the party's story.
Bill Shorten visiting Townsville Hospital on Sunday.
Labor has pledged to spend $2 billion more than the Coalition on hospitals over four years and brought Bob Hawke into the election campaign.
Labor announced a suite of savings measures at a press conference in Sydney.
Labor’s weakest flank in this election is economic credibility and it knows it. A combination of the past, including memories of Wayne Swan’s ever-elusive surplus, and the present, with the perception…
Chris Bowen stressed that Labor’s fiscal program, when fully released, would ‘see us return to budget balance in exactly the same time frame as the government’.
The opposition will attempt to strengthen its economic credentials by announcing on Friday a package of savings to help pay for its policies and improve the budget bottom line.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with daughter Clementine.
Labor has unveiled a $3 billion child care policy it will take to the polls on July 2. What has the party proposed and how is it different?
Is Labor right to say that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen by 20% under the current government?
Labor says that public sector infrastructure investment has fallen 20% under the Abbott-Turnbull government. Is that right?
Labor’s strategy is to portray Bill Shorten as a caring politician, in contrast to an out-of-touch Malcolm Turnbull.
History suggests Labor should be more concerned than it currently appears to be about the effects of its populist rhetoric in mobilising opposition from business.
Who are the major donors to Australia's big political parties? And what are the rules around disclosure at state and federal level?
Nova Peris has been reported to be a candidate to be senior Indigenous affairs advisor at the AFL.
High-profile Indigenous Labor senator Nova Peris is quitting after just one term in parliament.
The Labor Party has been driving a campaign bus from Cairns to Canberra. On Sunday night Sam Dastyari told supporters they had raised enough money to extend its journey through to Melbourne.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and Greens candidate for Grayndler Jim Casey are eyeing off the inner-Sydney seat.
With the election result almost certain to be close, preferencing will play a key role, leaving the progressive parties in particular in a difficult bind.
It's difficult to pick which side of politics won the first week of the election campaign.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (right) and the party’s candidate for the seat of Grayndler, Jim Casey, talk during a visit to the seat.
Resembling a rough game of ice hockey, the 2016 campaign already has seen slips, slides and own goals. Neither side has scored a big breakthrough.
Bill Shorten has agreed with the recommendation that Chris Brown be disendorsed for the seat of Fremantle.
The Labor Party is dumping its candidate for Fremantle, Chris Brown, an official of the Maritime Union, because he failed to disclose convictions.
Anthony Albanese has well-honed political skills, displayed both within the Labor Party and electorally.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is not the only senior politician having conniptions about his seat. Anthony Albanese was in his New South Wales electorate of Grayndler on Monday, the first full day…
Bill Shorten said the budget had tax cuts for high-income earners but nothing for families and ‘not one cent for ordinary Australians’.
Bill Shorten has claimed savings of $71 billion over ten years – most of it from rejecting almost all the budget's company tax cut.