Albanese and Morrison share certain political qualities. They’re both solid and stolid, with the ability to relate to ordinary people.
Labor's new policy process shouldn't be rushed, but taking time inevitably leaves a vacuum, which Albanese will try to fill the space with a series of “vision statements”.
About 4,000 climate activists and pro-pipeline supporters gathered on the steps of the Alberta legislature in Edmonton on Oct. 19, 2019.
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Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets in support of action on climate change, but that didn't lead to seats for the Green Party.
Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau speaks about health care in Hamilton, Ont. in September 2019.
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Canada has lots of doctors. The challenge is that the people who need health-care services cannot access the right care.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh participates in a climate strike event as he makes a campaign stop in Victoria on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019.
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Polls show that climate change is one of the top-three issues for Canadians heading to the ballot box.
The Morrison win doesn’t mean the issue of climate change lacks cut through, or won’t have potency in the future.
Sometimes birthdays are best let pass quietly. The Liberals are finding the 75th anniversary of their founding another unfortunate occasion for the blood sport they thought they'd put behind them.
John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks.
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Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
Ben Morton wants big business to forget “activist” issues and do more to sell the government’s agenda.
After an extraordinary speech, Ben Morton would do well to remember that big business is not - and should not be - the corporate wing of the Liberal Party.
There are legitimate questions about Liu’s past connections to associations with direct or indirect links with the Chinese Communist Party.
Liu's disastrous interview on Sky News forced the government into a full scale defence of her, saying that Labor, in pursuing her, was being “xenophobic” and “grubby”.
According to new research, the majority of Canadians in all but three ridings across the country believe their province has already felt the effects of climate change.
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Climate change could take centre stage during Canada's federal election.
Nine’s fundraiser for the Liberal party left journalists appalled, as they should have been.
While the Liberal party reaped mega dollars at Nine's Monday fundraiser, Nine and its chief executive faced a backlash from staff at the company's recently acquired former Fairfax newspapers.
There has been sustained criticism of the Liberal Party for its under-representation of women in parliament.
What's needed is strong leadership and sustained public pressure that makes it is harder for political parties to turn a blind eye to sexual harassment and assault.
Senator Cory Bernardi, who defected from the Liberals and formed his Australian Conservatives party, will wind it up.
Bernardi said that at the election his Australian Conservative party polled “a tiny fraction of the votes” required. He said potential voters returned to supporting the Coalition under Morrison.
Scott Morrison has pulled off an unexpected victory, and will forever be a Liberal hero.
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The Coalition should not use this unexpected win to allow itself to be complacent and drift. It needs to work out its agenda for the next three years and how it allows internal debate.
Visualisation of election-related Twitter activity on QUT’s Sphere display.
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
The Democratic Alliance has transformed itself from an overwhelmingly white party to a majority black party.
Despite its endurance, the Democratic Alliance still hasn't found a firm foothold to grow the votes in South Africa's changing political landscape.
Front pages from Australian newspapers covering terrorist attacks on the United States.
The 2001 federal election was a watershed moment for Australian national security that has set a policy agenda for almost two decades.
Labor’s campaign communications are organised around the word ‘fair’, while the Coalition is focusing on ‘strength’ and ‘security’.
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Sloganeering has always been integral to elections, but this kind of messaging risks adding to the problem of voter disengagement.
Morrison warned against those who wanted to run scare campaigns as a result of the announcements, saying they would be taking Australians for mugs.
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'.
It is becoming harder to argue that neoliberal market solutions, from tax cuts to deregulation, will necessarily benefit and protect ordinary voters.
Whether they form the next government or not, the Liberals need to reconsider their reliance on neoliberal economics, which may no longer be serving the party – or the country.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan talk about the week in politics.