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Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Brian Howe on what Bill Shorten must do to revitalise social democracy

Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe says Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government.
Bill Shorten called on the government to reveal the detail of any accompanying arrangements for resettling the Nauru and Manus people. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shorten exploits the missing link in government’s visa ban plan

Shortly after Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton aggressively targeted Labor on Sunday when announcing the government’s latest draconian border deterrent, Turnbull rang Bill Shorten…
Kimberley Kitching was preselected for the Senate amid deep fighting within the Victorian Labor right faction. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Government targets ALP’s Kitching over union past

The government is targeting Kimberley Kitching, Labor's controversial Senate replacement for Stephen Conroy.
Bill Shorten says Donald Trump is ‘entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Bill Shorten steps up attack on Donald Trump

On Tuesday, Bill Shorten is set to declare Donald Trump 'entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world'.
From Pericles to Trump, a good speech has been an integral part of the democratic process. William Chew/Flickr

In an age of rhetoric, Australian politics is missing the American flair

Australian politicians – unlike their American counterparts – have largely abandoned the art of stirring speeches. Good rhetoric doesn't equal good policy, but at least it's evidence of imaginative thinking.
As of Friday no explanation for Stephen Conroy’s departure had emerged beyond his own comments about family. AAP/Mick Tsikas

The strange case of Stephen Conroy’s invisible resignation

Bill Shorten has lost a very important member of his praetorian guard, in an exit from parliament that came as a complete surprise and was executed in the strangest manner. Stephen Conroy, Labor’s deputy…
Bill Shorten will miss two days of parliament this week for meetings in Canada and the US. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten shoots down plebiscite

Bill Shorten has now signalled he will kill the same-sex marriage plebiscite, but he seems determined to make it a slow death. As Shorten departed on Wednesday for Canada and the United States, Labor sources…
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gay Liberal senator denounces marriage plebiscite

The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
There was concern in Labor ranks that more damaging information about Sam Dastyari might be about to come out. Dean Lewins/AAP

Dastyari forced off frontbench

Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.

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