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Late Saturday night, on counting so far, Lamb led the Liberal National Party’s Trevor Ruthenberg by 55-45% on the two-party vote – a swing to Labor of about 4%. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Crucial Super Saturday Labor victories a major fillip for Shorten

The results are a deep disappointment for the government, which had hoped it might snatch at least one of the Braddon or Longman, and had hopes of winning Mayo although it quickly gave these up.
Bill Shorten, speaking on Sunday in Longman at Susan Lamb’s formal campaign launch. Darren England/AAP

Leaders seek underdog status in byelection battle to be top dog

The outcomes in Longman and Braddon are vital for Shorten, who would face very serious leadership instability if he lost both seats, and a rough patch if the ALP were defeated in one.
The Longman byelection is so tightly contested it has drawn many senior politicians to campaign. Here Labor candidate Susan Lamb is flanked by Shadow Minister for Skills, TAFE and Apprenticeships Doug Cameron, and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Tanya Plibersek. AAP/Glenn Hunt

As Super Saturday nears, Labor gains poll lead in Braddon, but trails in Longman, while UK Tories slump

With the much anticipated Super Saturday byelections on Saturday, the polls in Longman and Braddon still show a very tight race.
Some who flirt with the idea of a change believe Labor is on the cusp of regaining office but fear Shorten mightn’t get over the final hurdle. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Bill Shorten had a ‘captain’s fall’ rather than making a ‘captain’s call’

Shorten might have done better to have said, "I stuffed up – that's my recommendation, it's not yet our decision", and summoned a shadow cabinet meeting immediately to fix the matter.
Smith told parliament the date – which means a nine-week campaign - had been advised by the AEC. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor outraged as July 28 Super Saturday overlaps ALP conference

The byelections, which span four states, are especially crucial for opposition leader Bill Shorten, because four are in ALP seats and two of those are on wafer thin margins.

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