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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.
LNP candidate Trevor Ruthenberg, One Nation candidate Matthew Stephen and Labor candidate Susan Lamb. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics Podcast: Dennis Atkins on the Longman byelection

Dennis Atkins on the Longman byelection.
Dennis Atkins, the Courier Mail's national affairs editor, says the result in the Longman byelection is anybody's guess due to preference changes.
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.
Latham appeals to voters not to reward Shorten’s dishonesty. Daniel Munoz/AAP

Mark Latham helps Hanson in robocall attacking Shorten

Incoming ALP President Wayne Swan has lashed out at Mark Latham as "someone who ratted on battlers'' after the former Labor leader's robo message to Longman voters, authorised by Pauline Hanson".
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.
Turnbull said on Sunday that Australia’s 30% rate for larger companies was the second highest in the OECD. Jeremy Ng/AAP

Labor makes company tax fight all about Malcolm Turnbull’s money

The inflammatory ad runs as the government is making a last ditch effort against the odds to gather Senate support for the company tax legislation, due to be voted on this week.
Pauline Hanson has had a spectacular meltdown on live television. Sky News

Pauline unplugged lets rip against Senate colleague

In an extraordinary Thursday night interview on Sky Hanson, who accused Burston of trying to defect to the Shooters party, said it was not the first time he had stabbed her in the back.

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