The government failed to get enough support from the crossbench to resurrect the ABCC.
Australians will go to a double-dissolution election on July 2 after the Senate voted 36-34 on Monday night to defeat the government's legislation to resurrect the ABCC.
Michaelia Cash is in the fortunate position that whatever happens to the industrial legislation, she won’t look bad.
Malcolm Turnbull says bluntly that he expects the coming special Senate sitting to reject the industrial relations legislation. Labor's Penny Wong indicates the opposition won't try to delay the bills.
The Clive Palmer story is one of the most remarkable in recent federal politics.
In his typical blustering manner, Clive Palmer, having refused every attempt to persuade him to participate in Monday’s ABC Four Corners – an expose of his controversial business affairs and overbearing…
As Labor nosed ahead of the government in the latest Newspoll, Michelle Grattan tells Stephen Parker this won't necessarily translate into an election loss for the Coalition.
Senators will return to Canberra later this month with the expectation that they will give final consideration to the government's industrial relations legislation.
While Bill Shorten insists Labor has zero tolerance for instances of union thuggery and corruption, he tends to minimise the issue.
Bill Shorten should be praying those pesky crossbenchers give in to Malcolm Turnbull and pass the government's industrial legislation.
What this election will really be about for Malcolm Turnbull is the size of his post-election majority.
What might be Malcolm Turnbull's worst nightmare, apart from losing the election? Scraping back as a minority government, with Tony Windsor in balance of power.
Labor will not support moves to recall the Senate but Bill Shorten reaffirmed that Labor would not block supply.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said Labor would not support an early recall of the Senate, further complicating the situation if the government wants to call a double dissolution.
Family First senator Bob Day is one of eight crossbenchers who would face an election in the event of a double dissolution.
Family First senator Bob Day is set to propose an amendment to the legislation changing the Senate voting system that would prevent the government using the new rules in a double dissolution.
Crossbenchers Jacqui Lambie, Ricky Muir and Dio Wang are far from aligned.
Regardless of what is or isn't in this week's federal budget, a disparate group of people stand to make or break any new reform measures.
Because their votes may be open to negotiation, crossbench senators often have the final say on the form, and passage, of legislation.
Instead of treating crossbenchers in parliament as a source of chaos and an aberration, we should recognise that they play a crucial role in shaping legislation as the constitution provides.
Crossbenchers Tony Windsor and Rob Oakleshott arrive at a press conference on asylum seekers.
It is fair to say that, in the eyes of the Australian public at least, the view of our politicians is currently at a very low ebb. The tone of the Australian Parliament is at its most toxic for a generation…