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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.
Sources said Chalmers would not run if Bowen, also from the right, stood. Rohan Thomson/AAP

Jim Chalmers considers tilt at leadership

Labor's finance spokesman Jim Chalmers confirmed he is considering standing for leader, which would put him up against leftwinger Anthony Albanese, who is already campaigning hard for the position.
Malcolm Turnbull is trying to take some of the shine off Labor’s political advantage on education. Joel Carrett/AAP

Turnbull announces schools funding and a new Gonski review

The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a big funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski to chair a 'Gonski 2.0' review.
With 700,000 vulnerable Australians depending on public housing, any proposal to change its status is likely to set off alarm bells. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Productivity Commission stance has potential for social housing gains

The report's stated goal is to make the social housing system work better. It does not present as a manifesto for an entirely marketised and deregulated framework driven by the profit motive.
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate. Lukas Coch/AAP

Gay Liberal senator denounces marriage plebiscite

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.
The campaigning is building up for the byelection in Canning on September 19. Rebecca Le May/AAP

Politics podcast: Canning byelection special

Michelle Grattan speaks with Labor candidate Matt Keogh, deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and Greens candidate Vanessa Rauland.

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