Bill Shorten with wife Chloe the day after his party’s electoral defeat.
Labor's defeat revives a familiar problem in Australian political history: the left's inability to show how its policies can improve people's material conditions.
Against expectations, Scott Morrison has led the Coalition government back to power.
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This result, which is vastly different from what opinion polls were indicating, shows the probability of "herding" in polls, and also emphasises that betting odds are to be treated with great caution.
In 1990, Bob Hawke and his cabinet looked poised to take climate action. But the following year his prime ministership ended.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually 'got' environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
Visualisation of election-related Twitter activity on QUT’s Sphere display.
Analysis of tweets from the election campaign reveal two key trends: independents are organising, and embattled Liberal candidates are having to take the fight to their rivals.
Arthur Caldwell almost defeated Robert Menzies in the poll in 1961, and won the debate about policy.
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History suggests we can run sizable budget deficits while shrinking the budget debt burden. Mid last century our leaders weren't afraid to say so.
Bill Shorten and his colleagues are offering a broad suite of policies, but little explicit mention of cutting out fossil fuels.
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Labor has ditched its reliance on a single economy-wide climate policy, in favour of a range of different measures that will all help drive down emissions. But some crucial issues remain unaddressed.
The WA Environmental Defenders Office was a crucial part of the legal fight against the James Price Point gas hub proposal.
For more than 30 years, Environmental Defenders Offices around the country have worked to help people take legal action on environmental issues. They've notched some big wins along the way.
The losers from Labor’s capital gains tax policy aren’t all where you would expect them to be, whatever you expect.
At times we are told Labor's capital gains tax policy will hit mainly high earners. At other times, low earners. The truth, uncovered by our microsimulation model, tells us something about ourselves.
Scandals have dominated the recent headlines, but healthcare, education and public transport have been at the core of the policy debates.
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With just days to go before the election, Labor is making a last-minute appeal to voters to stay in power, while the Liberals are pressing for change.
Clare O'Neil on Labor’s listening tour for banking victims.
Shadow minister for financial services Clare O'Neil says the ALP exercise will give a voice to people in areas the Royal Commission hasn't had time to visit.
The Labor party has announced roundtables in cities and towns that haven’t been visited by the banking royal commission.
Shorten's extra royal commission hearings and legislating the GST carve-up.
Labor’s plan to pay super to women on paid parental leave would barely boost their retirement incomes.
Bill Shorten says Labor's plan to make super contributions on behalf of women on paid parental leave would have a "big impact". We find its impact would be be minuscule.
The latest Fairfax Ipsos poll gives Labor a 53-47 lead, a two-point gain for the Coalition since mid-August.
Fairfax Ipsos gives Labor another win on two-party preferred, albeit with weird primary vote numbers, while the Labor party in Victoria has another poll win just over two months ahead of the state election.
Politics podcast: Wayne Swan on Labor’s byelection victories and beyond.
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Incoming national president and outgoing MP Wayne Swan dismissed the notion that party reform is on that agenda saying there "is no issue ... my priority is winning the battle of ideas.”
If Malcolm Turnbull is to draw any comfort from a self-inflicted wound, he might consider the history of leaders who have endured bad polling and prevailed.
History warns us to beware of the fickleness of polls taken mid-term, which tend to be a snapshot rather than a deep reading of the electoral mood.
Ged Kearney and Bill Shorten pose for a photo at Preston Market.
'Super Saturday' had positive spin-offs for both federal leaders, but substantially more for Bill Shorten than Malcolm Turnbull.
Ged Kearney winning the seat of Batman is a big relief for Labor leader Bill Shorten.
The failure to wrest Batman is a big setback for the Greens.
Bill Shorten is the longest-serving Labor leader since Kim Beazley in his first stint in office.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.
The Hodgman government has been returned for a second term.
The Liberals went from a losing position in Tasmanian polls months ago to a comfortable victory on election day.
Education research is inherently political, and can never be objective and value-free.
Labor’s pledge injects much-needed funds into education research, but it problematically evokes a biomedical model of research and teaching practice.