In times of budgetary constraint, the cost of Australia's welfare system has been regarded by many in the Coalition as a drag on economic growth. Labor's Jenny Macklin has a different take.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull refused to engage with what attitude he would take after the defeat of the same-sex marriage bill.
The government will push on with putting its legislation for a February 11 same-sex marriage plebiscite to the Senate.
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.
Malcolm Turnbull, Christopher Pyne and Scott Morrison look at Speaker Tony Smith after the government lost two divisions in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
Chaos reigned at Parliament House when key Liberals MPs went missing, and Labor staged an ambush.
George Wright came to prominence working on the highly successful Your Rights at Work campaign.
Victorian ALP secretary Noah Carroll is being tipped to succeed George Wright, who has resigned as Labor's national secretary.
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.
When parliament returns later this month, Labor's Anne Aly will become the first Muslim woman to take a seat in the lower house.
Bill Shorten announces his frontbench with deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek.
Bill Shorten has made some very sound decisions in his far-reaching frontbench overhaul, but the exercise contained some shockers as well. Moving deputy leader Tanya Plibersek from shadow foreign minister…
Bill Shorten has expanded his shadow ministry to keep a place for Kim Carr.
Bill Shorten has found a way to keep Kim Carr in Labor's shadow ministry by expanding his frontbench – to the fury of the left, which had withdrawn support for the Victorian senator.
Just as there were winners and losers in Malcolm Turnbull's ministerial reshuffle at the beginning of the week, there will be frontbench promotions and demotions in the Labor Party in the coming days.
Labor begins its next phase in opposition with bigger numbers in the parliament and with a new level of confidence as it confronts the government.
The federal parliamentary left is set to dump Kim Carr, who has been spokesman on higher education and industry.
A brawl over Labor's frontbench reshuffle deepened on Wednesday night when the Victorian Socialist Left executive dug in behind embattled senator Kim Carr.
Bill Shorten conceded defeat in the 2016 election on Sunday.
Labor and Bill Shorten are right to be pleased with the number of seats they picked up, but it was still not enough for them to form government – and that is the serious task ahead.
As a veteran of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years, former treasurer Wayne Swan is a politician with a great deal of experience with parliamentary instability.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (2L) celebrates on election night.
With voters turning away from the two major parties and towards the Greens and micro-parties, it may be time to rethink our entire electoral system.
In a historical context, Labor’s ‘Medicare SMS’ was not particularly surprising or even unprecedented.
The idea of hitting voters with a powerful message on election day is just the culmination of three trends in Australian campaign communication that have been brewing for decades.
Medicare wasn’t a major election issue at the start of the campaign.
The 2016 election has shown that when there is a close result, negative advertising can be a very powerful campaign tool.
Malcolm Turnbull has blown both of his chances as Liberal leader.
Malcolm Turnbull's immediate blaming of Labor's 'Mediscare' campaign for the Coalition's poor performance at the polls goes in fact to his real problem: he’s not a very talented politician.