If Malcolm Turnbull is to draw any comfort from a self-inflicted wound, he might consider the history of leaders who have endured bad polling and prevailed.
History warns us to beware of the fickleness of polls taken mid-term, which tend to be a snapshot rather than a deep reading of the electoral mood.
Ged Kearney and Bill Shorten pose for a photo at Preston Market.
'Super Saturday' had positive spin-offs for both federal leaders, but substantially more for Bill Shorten than Malcolm Turnbull.
Ged Kearney winning the seat of Batman is a big relief for Labor leader Bill Shorten.
The failure to wrest Batman is a big setback for the Greens.
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
The Hodgman government has been returned for a second term.
The Liberals went from a losing position in Tasmanian polls months ago to a comfortable victory on election day.
Education research is inherently political, and can never be objective and value-free.
Labor’s pledge injects much-needed funds into education research, but it problematically evokes a biomedical model of research and teaching practice.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke celebrates the final cabinet meeting in Old Parliament House, 1988.
National Archives of Australia
A new ABC documentary presents a nostalgic but compelling overview of one of Australia's most successful prime ministers.
As ACTU secretary, Sally McManus has proven effective at elevating the debate over workplace reform.
Even with the most favourable laws, unions will still need to confront the reality of a dramatic transformation in the world of work.
Government price controls start with good intentions but often result in unintended consequences.
We are paying more for our health insurance because we are using it more. No crude, short-term measures to restrict premium growth will deal with this fact.
AEC disclosures revealed Malcolm Turnbull to be the single biggest donor to a political party in 2016-17.
The annual February festival of lampooning the largest visible donor lulls Australians into a false sense of security that there is a functioning political donations disclosure regime in place.
There are five women in the Turnbull government cabinet, making up just 24% of members.
Setting targets is one way to attain more female MPs, but it must be accompanied by cultural change.
Wayne Swan has drawn a parallel between the the ALP’s ‘Laborism’ and New Labour’s ‘Third Way’ in the UK.
While both parties may have set out to modernise and renew their ideologies, the ALP's and Labour’s attempts to marry the old and new instead precipitated two separate identity crises.
Christianity’s effect on Australian politics is far from waning.
In a nation labelled secular, many of our elected representatives have strong religious ties, and this affects they way they the country is run.
Sam Dastyari was the Labor Party’s chief fundraiser in New South Wales from 2010 to 2013.
If we ban all donations from individuals and corporations, funding for political campaigns must come from elsewhere.
The fight over penalty rates is an issue made for Bill Shorten’s skill set.
For Bill Shorten, cuts to Sunday penalty rates could become a pale version of WorkChoices.
Vexed argument in the Labor Party about relations with Israel is set to come to a head at the conference later this month of the party’s dominant New South Wales branch. Barring the successful intervention…
Labor must explain how its additional funding will benefit students.
Here's why Labor’s figure for school funding is too high.
Politics podcast: Chris Bowen on Labor’s budget responses.
Labor is 'taking a bit of time' before announcing its position on the company tax cuts, Chris Bowen says.
Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the NSW Liberal budget lunch.
Only one in five believe they will be better off from the budget.
Bill Shorten used his budget-in-reply speech to appeal to middle Australia.
Labor needs to convincingly discredit the 2017 budget to the point that the government cannot use it to help restore its standing in the eyes of voters.