Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue.
A Shorten government would further substantially increase the excise on tobacco, taking the price of a packet of 25 cigarettes to nearly A$41 by 2020 and boosting revenue by $47.7 billion over a decade.
Bill Shorten’s strong ties to the union movement are problematic for his credibility as alternative prime minister.
Bill Shorten can heave a sigh of relief at the statement from the royal commission into union corruption that he didn’t do anything illegal in the activities it examined in his Australian Workers' Union…
Bill Shorten said politicians and government must find ways to re-engage a generation of young people.
There is a growing canyon now separating politics as understood and practiced by political authorities from the political practices of everyday people.
Bill Shorten has charged Sam Dastyari to recommend whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 or 17.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is promising a Labor government would reduce the voting age – at least to 17 and perhaps 16.
Bill Shorten’s rating of 17% as preferred prime minister in the latest Newspoll is his worst.
Malcolm Turnbull has widened already huge leads over Bill Shorten on satisfaction and better prime minister ratings while the Coalition leads on the two-party vote in Newspoll.
The government has taken the lead in the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll.
The government has opened a decisive 53-47% two-party lead in the Fairfax-Ipsos poll, with two-thirds of voters opting for Malcolm Turnbull as preferred prime minister.
Former ACT chief minister Katy Gallagher will join the shadow cabinet with responsibility for mental health, housing, homelessness and women.
Bill Shorten has elevated two more women to his shadow cabinet, giving Labor a total of seven compared with the Turnbull cabinet's five, in a minor reshuffle of his frontbench.
What do we learn about Labor leader Bill Shorten from David Marr’s new Quarterly Essay?
Faction Man is a product of Black Inc. From their perspective, Bill Shorten – and his fascination with grimy Labor machine politics – is an alien figure.
Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss Bill Shorten’s second anniversary as opposition leader, the next election, the possibility of a Labor frontbench reshuffle and the safety of his leadership.
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.
A university graduate outside Parliament House in Canberra.
Universities Australia on Wednesday is releasing a pre-election blueprint calling for major investment in research and innovation.
Labor want to position itself as the education party.
Labor has released a higher education policy intended to restart a discussion stalled by the failure of the Coalition’s deregulation package to pass the Senate. What is the point of the promised funding guarantee?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaking on Q&A.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten told Q&A viewers that Australia is the most unequal it has been in 75 years. Is that statement supported by the research?
Students likely to drop out need support - one of the best sources of support is current students.
Bill Shorten has said he wants to reduce the number of uni students dropping out. Here's one way to do it.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a picture after a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
The change of prime minister has put the Coalition ahead in Newspoll for the first time since before the 2014 draconian budget.
Labor has said it would immediately scrap cuts to higher education if it won office.
The opposition’s statement today rules out a number of the current government’s policies. Deregulation, as they’ve said before, but also plans to expand the demand-driven system.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop confer during Question Time.
Now the Liberals have done what they condemned Labor for doing, they are holding their breaths in the hope new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will live up to his promise.
It is not entirely clear that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has what it takes to defeat Malcolm Turnbull at the polls.
Three important claims against Malcolm Turnbull are emerging. Labor may achieve some traction on them if it plays its cards right.
Tony Abbott told parliament that Australia ‘can and must do more’ for refugees displaced by the Syrian crisis.
The Abbott government is under pressure to increase its overall humanitarian refugee intake, as Labor declared Australia should offer a one-off additional 10,000 places for refugees.