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On racist dog-whistling and on climate change, the "right" now finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion – so the acrimonious public debates on ideological lines may be coming to an end.
Bill Shorten will hope his new energy policy package is a crowd-pleaser.
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The Labor Party's newly announced energy policy could finally set Australia's electricity sector on the path to a renewables-driven future. But policies are still needed to cut emissions elsewhere.
With the right settings, Labor’s new scheme could benefit householders as well as the grid itself.
Federal Labor has promised to give rebates of up to $2,000 to 100,000 households to install batteries to store power from solar panels. Is this good energy policy, or just middle-class welfare?
Scandals, and a progressive Labor government, may hinder the Greens’ progress in both houses at the Victorian election.
The Victorian state election presents opportunities and risks for the Greens – including whether they can transition from being a protest party to a major party.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
Happy days: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.
Complaints that staff performed non-work related and personal duties for Husar had merit.
The ALP's internal investigation found the MP treated staff badly, but did not find evidence of sexual harassment or lewd conduct.
Bill Shorten and the ALP will need to work hard to win July byelections in Longman and Braddon.
ReachTEL polls show Labor is behind in key byelections, but Essential has better news for Bill Shorten.
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.
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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.
Labor has promised 50% of electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050, but has left the detail for after the election.
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Labor's detailed climate policy is ambitious, but it remains to be seen if it will capture the voters.
Everlastings in the Australian Alps. But will they be?
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We're set to hear very little about nature conservation in Australia's upcoming election campaign. Here's why that's a huge oversight.
While Labor goes into the election year as underdogs, the party's strategy to win government will capitalise on what it sees as its competitive advantages.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is looking at his third year being vastly harder than he might have hoped.
Bill Shorten, having seen off a prime minister, next week will mark his second anniversary as opposition leader.
Kim Carr says that $100,000 university degrees are ‘totally unnecessary’.
Shadow Higher Education Minister Kim Carr talks to Michelle Grattan about Labor's new higher education policy.
Clare O'Neil, with her colleague Tim Watts, has written a book that looks at Australia in 2040. She speaks with Michelle Grattan about the book, and the future of progressive politics in Australia.
Chris Bowen talks about his new book, The Money Men, in which he analyses twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers.
Chris Bowen and Michelle Grattan step away from the day-to-day politics to talk about Bowen’s new book, The Money Men, in which he writes about twelve of Australia’s most notable treasurers.
California has realised that investing in renewables is smart economic policy.
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Ramping up investment in renewable energy would put Australia on a footing with competitors such as China, Germany and California, which are set to reap the economic benefits of this emerging sector.
Mark Butler was elected ALP national president on a platform of internal party reform.
Incoming ALP president Mark Butler intends to use his speech at Friday's opening of Labor's national conference to press for party reform.
Joel Fitzgibbon has predicted that asylum seeker boat turnbacks will be part of Labor’s policy for the election.
Frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has fired an opening shot in one of the most electorally important issues for Bill Shorten at the ALP national conference – whether a Labor government should be allowed to turn back boats.
Mark Butler talks about climate change, ETS, an early election, and much more.
Michelle Grattan talks to Labor environment spokesman Mark Butler about climate change, an ETS, the possibility of an early election, the ALP national conference and much more.