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Bill Shorten sees a fresh opportunity to re-assert Labor as the Gonski saviour. Joel Carrett/ AAP

Labor’s struggle to remain ‘the education party’

Funding is one of the few areas Labor has left to distinguish itself from the Coalition when it comes to school policy at the national level.
When Malcolm Turnbull became prime minister, the innovation debate began in earnest, but some of Australia’s rivals have a head start in the fierce global contest of ideas. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Battle of ideas is on as election-year innovation debate starts to make up for lost time

Politicians and policymakers are at last grappling with the urgent need to generate new ideas and fresh ways of doing things. But in the race to the top, Australia has barely reached base camp.
Malcolm Turnbull’s potentially most dangerous opposition has begun to emerge from inside his own party. AAP/Lukas Coch

Albanese offers Labor a counter to Turnbull’s polished charms

If Anthony Albanese becomes Labor leader, Australians will have the strongest ideological and stylistic contrast in major party leaders since Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke 33 years before.
Labor is presenting its proposal to increase tax on cigarettes as an aid to the health of Australians and a boost to government revenue. 55Laney69/Flickr

Labor would slug smokers to boost revenue, improve health

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. AAP/Lukas Coch

Bill Shorten needs to demonstrate independence from the unions

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 has charged Sam Dastyari to recommend whether the voting age should be lowered to 16 or 17. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Shorten pledges to lower voting age

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. AAP/Lukas Coch

Newspoll brings more bad news for Bill Shorten

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. Lukas Coch/AAP

Coalition leads 53-47% in 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. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor reshuffle boosts women in shadow cabinet

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? AAP/Andrew Brownbill

Review: Faction Man – Bill Shorten’s Path to Power

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.

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