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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.
The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Turnbull flays colleagues after government’s humiliation

As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
Malcolm Turnbull explicitly chose to assume the mantle of his predecessor Tony Abbott as ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Can Turnbull change course in Indigenous affairs?

For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull has painted a grim picture about the dangers of terrorism. AAP/Mick Tsikas

ADF set to hit more Islamic State targets under legal change

The rules of engagement for Australian forces fighting Islamic State will be widened, with a proposed change in the law giving them legal power to target all parts of the armed organisation.
Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients. Joel Carrett/AAP

Albanese warns Labor over clean energy supplement in omnibus bill

Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten offers deal on super while hardening stand on plebiscite

Bill Shorten has proposed specific changes to the budget's controversial superannuation reforms, which have been under attack from the conservatives in the Coalition ranks.

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