The campaigning is building up for the byelection in Canning on September 19.
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Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor candidate Matt Keogh, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland.
Commissioner Dyson Heydon during a hearing of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption in August.
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Dyson Heydon has dismissed the unions' application that he quit the royal commission into trade union corruption on the ground of "apprehended bias".
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Joe Hockey’s difficulty in carrying the economic reform case was obvious this week.
There's an ad on TV that starts: "If you were me, what would you do next?" If I were Tony Abbott, I'd scheme to get a new treasurer without the existing one blowing me up.
Employment growth does not equal ‘jobs creation’.
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Politicians all too often use monthly jobs numbers to infer that the other mob is doing a bad job or that they are doing a great job at managing the economy. But that's a flawed use of the data.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard said she had been so concerned about the same-sex marriage plebiscite that she changed the topic of her speech.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has switched her position to now favour same-sex marriage.
Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement Peter FitzSimons at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.
As if he did not have enough problems, Joe Hockey has just created another one for himself and his colleagues. His agreement – announced by Peter FitzSimons, chair of the Australian Republican Movement…
Australia has been more comfortable in the ‘slipstream of power’, rather than leading, says Peter Varghese.
DFAT secretary Peter Varghese sat down with Michelle Grattan to talk about aid, the integration of AUSAID, Islamic State, the Asian century and much, much more.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks with a child after laying a wreath on Eddie Mabo’s grave on Mer Island in the Torres Strait on Monday.
I think it is a bit out of control and I think it’s important … not just to talk about tighter management … but actually do it. Tony Abbott would have been absolutely right – if he had been speaking about…
The application for royal commissioner Dyson Heydon to quit follows his acceptance of a invitation to deliver the Garfield Barwick address.
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon has delayed his decision on union applications that he stand down on the grounds of "apprehended bias".
Treasurer Joe Hockey addresses a forum of Tax Institute and Chartered Accountants from Australia and New Zealand, on Monday.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered yet another address saying income tax cuts must be given. That gets him an easy headline but tells us very little about the government’s plans. Hockey has also given…
Treasurer Joe Hockey has agreement from the states on one aspect of the GST.
GST will be applied to all online goods, starting from 2017, following a meeting of state and federal treasurers.
Dyson Heydon has heard applications to remove him as royal commissioner.
Dyson Heydon is set to announce on Tuesday his decision about his future as the royal commissioner investigating trade union corruption.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
This week Prime Minister Tony Abbott was beset with problems, including leaks and the sourness left by the entitlements scandal.
It's never helpful for a government to become the object of ridicule, so when the Coalition's speaking notes were leaked for a second day running it was embarrassing.
From one of the “hunters to being one of the hunted”: the Nationals’ Michael McCormack is a former journalist-turned-politician.
The Nationals member for Riverina, Michael McCormack, talks about politics and journalism, the future of the Nationals' leadership, tax reform and much more.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has asked the Productivity Commission to review intellectual property.
Intellectual property is critical to Australia's success, but we don't need another review to tell us where the problems are.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is struggling to contain instability in an openly divided team.
When Kevin Rudd came under attack from some of his ministers for the way he ran his cabinet, it turned out to be the beginning of the end. Now we are seeing Tony Abbott struggling to contain instability…
Royal commissioner Dyson Heydon’s position is untenable, according to Labor Senate leader Penny Wong.
The ACTU will ask the royal commissioner into trade union corruption, Dyson Heydon, to disqualify himself – an application he will hear on Friday.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is frustrated by both leaks and ministers speaking out publicly about the way forward on same-sex marriage.
So once again Tony Abbott has told the Coalition partyroom that he’s ticked off his cabinet ministers. Read them the riot act, he said. They seem to be slow learners, those ministers. Or, more to the point…