New research shows parliamentarians believe the key to improving trust between them and their constituents is in improving links to the community and better educating the public about our democracy.
Another stormy week in federal parliament has seen debate around Gladys Liu's alleged links to China and the ethics of the government's push to drug-test Newstart recipients.
South Australia has lifted its moratorium on GM crops, while Tasmania has extended its ban. But the question should no longer be a simple binary of being "for" or "against" GM technology.
A group of school students have just shown what real leadership looks like on Indigenous issues – and you'll hear more about their ideas in coming months at your local school, childcare centre or uni.
New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
The Stage 3 cuts would make Australia's income tax system the least progressive in 60 years.
What everyone should want is a healthy system of government that can serve the public interest by bringing important matters to light.
Online bookies can tap into the wisdom of the crowd better than pollsters.
Leigh Sullivan speaks to Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
Australian populism is more of a long-term grumble about the state of the world than a sharp reaction to the threat of cultural loss.
It remains to be seen whether the Liberals' campaign woes in Lyons will have any impact on the neighbouring battleground seats of Bass or Braddon, which recent polls suggest the Liberals could regain.
Thanks to preferential voting, Australian House of Representatives members are each elected by an absolute majority of the voters in the electorate they represent.
‘Labor will win this election. I think that’s virtually unquestionable’: political scientist Andy Marks on #AusVotes2019 and the key issues in NSW.
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We are but a few weeks from a federal election, and the way the political wind is blowing may depend on what state you're in.
The myth of ‘the Queensland voter’, Australia’s trust deficit, and the path to Indigenous recognition.
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Today, an election-themed episode about some of the biggest policy questions Australia faces, featuring Indigenous academic lawyer Eddie Synot and political scientist Anne Tiernan.
Scott Morrison has called the election for May 18. Labor remains the campaign favourite, having had a long-term consistent lead in the polls.
Are you an #auspol addict? Did you watch budget speech for fun? Test yourself with our quiz.
Michelle Grattan, Peter Martin and Tim Colebatch on the election-eve budget chock full of sweeteners.
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Fresh from the budget lockup, chief political correspondent Michelle Grattan talks with Business and Economics Editor Peter Martin and political and economic journalist Tim Colebatch.
The government wants this election to be all about tax. The tax cuts you will get, now and later. And the “higher taxes” that Bill Shorten would impose.
People under 18 can leave school, get a job, drive a car and pay taxes. Should they be allowed to vote too?