Parliament gives Pauline Hanson a platform but also, for the first time, the opportunity for a seat at the table.
The election for the Senate hasn't ended well. To have four senators from One Nation in the upper house is worse than unfortunate.
How Pauline Hanson will use her influence in the Senate is unknown.
Pauline Hanson's One Nation has won four Senate seats – two, including Hanson's, in Queensland, one in NSW and one in Western Australia.
Labor’s Cathy O'Toole has beaten sitting Liberal Ewen Jones in Herbert by 37 votes.
Labor has won the Queensland seat of Herbert, but the Liberal National Party has left the way open for a court challenge.
The need for innovation, but what does it mean?
The message of an exciting future through innovation and high-tech start-ups has failed to engage the Australian community.
The Western Distributor project announced by the Andrews government will benefit Melbourne’s suburban residents in the west and north, but inner-city elites are mobilising against it.
It's a project that creates benefits for Melbourne's western suburbs and the state as a whole. But the inner-city elite don't like it and recent experience suggests their opinion holds sway.
Now that the election is done and dusted what needs to change in politics?
The major parties seem to be having considerable difficulty drawing lessons from the recent election campaign. Of course, there are many. The most obvious, but probably the most difficult for them to accept…
The new vote capture system is a consequence of the recent Senate voting rule changes.
The new Senate vote capture system had to be built rapidly, with little time for design or testing, and is being operated in a way that allows only part of the process to be scrutinised.
The government’s first priority should be to improve conditions in offshore detention centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
The key challenge for the returned Turnbull government is to formulate policies that present Australia as a good global citizen willing to take its fair share of refugees.
The idea of regulating what is ‘true’ in political speech is neither new nor easy.
'Mediscare', Brexit and the negative-gearing campaign have all demonstrated that it is time for tighter regulation on truth in political advertising.
University of Canberra Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Nicholas Klomp and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
All the policies announced on multinational tax avoidance so far, fail to address one of the simplest avoidance measures used.
The reelected Coalition government will be forced to confront multinational tax avoidance more effectively or suffer the revenue problems.
Labor’s ‘Mediscare’ campaign played to an existing belief about the Coalition’s health policies.
Labor's 'Mediscare' is a reminder of just how potent a well-developed and executed scare campaign can be in an electoral contest.
Turnbull might be hamstrung by his barely-there majority.
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Malcolm Turnbull returns to the helm with a wafer-thin majority and a significant element in his government who still oppose climate action - can he defy the odds and serve up some credible policy?
Malcolm Turnbull reaffirmed the government’s intention to put its industrial relations bills back to the parliament.
Malcolm Turnbull has publicly conceded the Nationals are entitled to two more ministers.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible.
To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
By increasing their numbers within the government, the Nationals were the surprise success story of the election, with a very locally focused campaign.
Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party is seen as the favourite to secure the final WA Senate position.
One Nation candidate Rod Culleton could win Western Australia's final Senate position, but Section 44 of the Constitution suggests he is ineligible to take his seat.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign.
The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
Joint sittings of federal parliament are rare, usually only taking place for addresses by foreign leaders.
Now that we have had the double-dissolution election, the next step is for the government to attempt to pass the industrial relations bills through the House of Representatives and Senate again.
Australians contribute almost a fifth of all health care spending through fees.
Health policy was an important factor in the election outcome, but one of the most important issues in the health sector – the impact of out-of-pocket costs – was mostly ignored.