Parliament has closed for the Christmas break after a turbulent year.
Malcolm Turnbull's government has had a rocky year, almost losing an election and incurring a number of self-inflicted wounds. They will be hoping for better in 2017.
Looking to America, Australia's politicians are reaching out to voters feeling left behind in times of economic transition.
This week the Trump ripples played out, particularly over the issue of foreign workers.
Pauline Hanson knows how to hurt. She tweeted this week: 'When you look at Bill Shorten's recent rhetoric it seems Labor is now taking its cues from Pauline Hanson's One Nation. Good to see.'
Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government.
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Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe says Bill Shorten must channel the abilities of his colleagues in parliament and the broader progressive movement if he is to lead the ALP back to government.
The plebiscite has been defeated, but the fight to end discrimination against gay couples who want to marry will continue.
Now that same-sex marriage will not be put to a national vote, it is up to the Prime Minister to ensure that marriage equality is written into law.
Bill Shorten called on the government to reveal the detail of any accompanying arrangements for resettling the Nauru and Manus people.
Shortly after Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton aggressively targeted Labor on Sunday when announcing the government’s latest draconian border deterrent, Turnbull rang Bill Shorten…
Kimberley Kitching was preselected for the Senate amid deep fighting within the Victorian Labor right faction.
The government is targeting Kimberley Kitching, Labor's controversial Senate replacement for Stephen Conroy.
BIll Shorten has announced Labor will block legislation to set up a plebiscite on marriage equality.
It is inevitable that Australia will, in the not-too-distant future, allow two people to marry regardless of their gender. But which prime minister will get to claim this as their legacy?
Bill Shorten says Donald Trump is ‘entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world’.
On Tuesday, Bill Shorten is set to declare Donald Trump 'entirely unsuitable to be leader of the free world'.
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…