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Bill Shorten and daughter Clementine after a press conference in Moonee Ponds on Sunday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Labor leadership talk a bit of mischievous arson

In an election full of drama, it is still remarkable that media speculation on Sunday was not about whether Malcolm Turnbull's leadership might be shaky but the possibility of a challenge to Bill Shorten.
Malcolm Turnbull continued to say he was ‘quietly confident’ the Coalition would reach a majority in its own right. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull stands solid against returning Abbott to frontbench

Malcolm Turnbull has slapped down the prospect of Tony Abbott returning to the ministry, as both he and Bill Shorten talk to crossbenchers who could determine their fate in a hung parliament.
University education has paid a rate of return of around 15%. from www.shutterstock.com

Higher education pays for itself many times over

Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
It’s now up to voters to decide the fate of Bill Shorten. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Shorten struggles as campaign winds down

The fag end of a campaign is an agony of suspense for the leaders, when exhaustion, anxiety and adrenaline mix to a strong brew of stomach-churning anticipation. Resilience and discipline have driven Malcolm…
UKIP leader Nigel Farage was an architect of Britain’s seismic decision to leave the European Union. Chatham House/flickr

Britain’s ‘Bregret’ offers timely lessons for Australian voters this weekend

The populist appeal of simplistic answers to complex solutions is a challenge for political leaders.There are times when expertise and experience must prevail over the popular mood of the moment.
Australia continues to enjoy voter turnout levels that are the envy of voluntary-voting regimes the world over. AAP/Lukas Coch

Election explainer: why do I have to vote, anyway?

The majority of Australians approve of compulsory voting – and have done so for decades. The nay-sayers continue to be a minority.

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