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The Greens and independent MPs are pushing for Australia to declare a national ‘climate emergency’, in line with several other nations. Darren England/AAP

Why declaring a national climate emergency would neither be realistic or effective

Because climate change is so heavily politicised, the declaration of a national emergency would be a disaster for the major parties – and for bringing greater awareness to the problem.
Scott Morrison with newly-election Coalition MPs. The 2019 election has done little to improve the representation of women in parliament. AAP/Lukas Coch

Why is it taking so long to achieve gender equality in parliament?

While Scott Morrison has touted the record seven women in his cabinet, the overall representation of women in parliament has barely improved since the last election in 2016.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions. ABC

FactCheck Q&A: have 90% of Labor MPs worked in trade unions?

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull campaigning at a Tasmania factory for Brett Whiteley, the Liberal candidate in the Braddon by-election. Bob Iddon

Byelection guide: what’s at stake on Super Saturday

On Saturday, five federal seats will have a byelection, with particular attention being paid to tight races in Longman and Braddon. And all have implications for the major parties and their leaders.

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