The area of greater uncertainty under Labor is a very different one –
that is, how much of the unions’ agenda a Shorten government would be willing to embrace.
In the lead up to next week's ALP national conference, which Shorten
needs to run smoothly, the government has been trying to exploit what
it sees as a Labor weak point – border protection.
An ACCC interim report is one of the most consequential documents for media policy in decades, while a government report finds both public broadcasters are acting in the public interest.
The proposed integrity commission is an improvement on the patchwork of mechanisms in place now, but does not go nearly far enough to prevent and investigate corruption.
While pushing for changes to increase protections for religious belief, the government has not yet answered if that should extend to being allowed to discriminate against LGBTI people.
This was the party admitting that no one else could do a better job of negotating Brexit.
The federal government's proposed changes to how and when citizenship can be stripped need close scrutiny.
Speaking to The Conversation, Albanese wouldn't comment on Bill Shorten's unpopularity with voters, arguing instead that it's a matter of whether the Labor team is “seen as worthy of election".
The four people and a newspaper who are Time magazine's "Person of the Year" have been given the acknowledgment not just for what they have done, but for what they have come to represent.
At one time, law and order was seen by some as a sure-fire voter winner in elections - but that's changing after a concerted effort by Victoria's opposition appeared to backfire badly.
The final results post-election Victorian upper house are not a ringing endorsement for democracy - and provide a strong case for reform.
The refugee and migration compacts are not perfect, but they offer the chance for countries to do better by people on the move, and should be joined.
Meng Wanzhou's arrest in Canada has caused further tensions in the strained relationship between China and the US.
Indigenous Australians are vastly over-represented in the prison population, but the success of a new program is offering hope that it can be turned around.
We can't agree what the 'will of the people' was in 2016, but these are the representatives they elected in 2017.
The issues that captured the world’s attention this year show the struggle to secure human rights is far from over.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
As both sides played the tactics, a remarkable thing happened in the House of Representatives. Behaviour improved 100%, with
none of the usual screaming and exchanges of insults.
On the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it is worth remembering how it provided America with an unparalleled position of power following the second world war.
The biggest issues of 2018, with The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner.
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In conversation with Andrew Dodd, Andrea Carson and Matthew Ricketson, The Guardian's editor-in-chief discusses the big stories of 2018 and what she sees as the major challenges of 2019.
Random-controlled testing is widely accepted in medicine, and yet voters are not convinced this would be a good approach to testing out government policy before it is implemented.
Primary prevention programs with a footballing focus aim to change behaviours and attitudes among men towards women.
Formerly blue-ribbon Liberal seats such as Hawthorn and Nepean have fallen to Labor in the wash-up of Labor's thumping state election win.
Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan
Australians' trust in politicians and democracy continues to plummet, posing significant problems for the effective running of the country.
Since leaving secure jobs in newsrooms, employment has been unstable for many former journalists – but job satisfaction has been surprisingly high.
This and Turnbull's observations on energy policy provided abundant material for a question time attack by Labor bloated from dining on the unending manna that's been flowing from political heaven.
The royal commission will examine the conduct of a defence barrister who became an informant to the police - supplying information on her own clients that had been given to her in strict confidence.
While anger mobilises opposition to coal seam gas projects, it is also joy, especially the joy of social connection, that helps to sustain involvement.