From Pericles to Trump, a good speech has been an integral part of the democratic process.
Australian politicians – unlike their American counterparts – have largely abandoned the art of stirring speeches. Good rhetoric doesn't equal good policy, but at least it's evidence of imaginative thinking.
As of Friday no explanation for Stephen Conroy’s departure had emerged beyond his own comments about family.
Bill Shorten has lost a very important member of his praetorian guard, in an exit from parliament that came as a complete surprise and was executed in the strangest manner. Stephen Conroy, Labor’s deputy…
In a week marking the first anniversary of Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership, the government was able to show it could work with the new parliament.
Bill Shorten will miss two days of parliament this week for meetings in Canada and the US.
Bill Shorten has now signalled he will kill the same-sex marriage plebiscite, but he seems determined to make it a slow death. As Shorten departed on Wednesday for Canada and the United States, Labor sources…
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate.
The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
Bill Shorten, flanked by Chris Bowen and Jim Chalmers, was first out of the blocks to announce the detailed budget savings.
A government-Labor deal will see the passage of $6.3 billion in savings over the forward estimates in the Coalition's omnibus bill.
Malcolm Turnbull has suggested the political donations issue is complex.
Every reform politicians suggest for Australia's political donations regime needs to be motivated solely by the desire to enhance the public interest.
Bill Shorten has pledged to take action following Sam Dastyari’s resignation.
The opposition leader has promised to push for a ban on foreign donations.
There was concern in Labor ranks that more damaging information about Sam Dastyari might be about to come out.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari has been forced to quit the frontbench after Bill Shorten decided his position was untenable.
Labor senator Sam Dastyari admits he ‘made a mistake’ by accepting money from a Chinese company to cover a travel bill.
The pernicious influence of money on politics is a problem of political donations more generally, not just from foreign donors.
The inaugural week of the new parliament reinforced the point that Bill Shorten plans to do everything possible to harass Malcolm Turnbull.
As any good farmer will tell you, always shut the gate. On Thursday a number of government MPs, including several ministers, rushed away from parliament, leaving the gate wide open, and the opposition…
Malcolm Turnbull explicitly chose to assume the mantle of his predecessor Tony Abbott as ‘prime minister for Indigenous affairs’.
For many, relations between Indigenous Australians and the government are best described as being in a state of crisis.
Malcolm Turnbull has painted a grim picture about the dangers of terrorism.
The rules of engagement for Australian forces fighting Islamic State will be widened, with a proposed change in the law giving them legal power to target all parts of the armed organisation.
Anthony Albanese has expressed concern about supporting the scrapping of the clean energy supplement for new welfare recipients.
Federal MPs reassemble in Canberra on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s opening of parliament, with the government talking up what the Coalition used to call a budget emergency and Labor keeping maximum pressure…
The government and Labor have offered up competing packages of budget savings. The question of whether they can meet halfway will be a test for both sides.
In many ways Bill Shorten is in a box seat as parliament begins, with Malcolm Turnbull beset by difficult issues and politics.
With the new parliament finally opening on Tuesday, Bill Shorten's tightrope tactics will soon be tested.
Bill Shorten stepped up his attack on the Coalition’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
Bill Shorten has proposed specific changes to the budget's controversial superannuation reforms, which have been under attack from the conservatives in the Coalition ranks.
Political reporter Karen Middleton is releasing a book about the life and career of Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese. At its heart is a deeply personal story of Albanese's absent father.
Bill Shorten will say in a speech that his package would save more than $80 billion over a decade.
Bill Shorten on Wednesday will propose a budget repair package worth $8 billion over the forward estimates.
Bill Shorten is continuing his push for a royal commission into the banks.
Bill Shorten is continuing to pressure for a banking royal commission by highlighting rising bank profits and escalating consumer complaints in recent years.