2017 has felt like a chaotic year in Australian politics, and one in which policy progress has been swamped by other distractions. We can only hope that 2018 is calmer and more productive.
The easy win for John Alexander in the Bennelong byelection restores the Coalition’s two-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
The seemingly disproportionate media attention given to One Nation is the result of a potent news-making brew.
With 45 seats held by parties other than Labor, Labor has won a three-seat majority in Queensland.
Voters in Queensland and the rest of Australia may need to accustom themselves to a new norm of tight, drawn-out contests, where party leaders’ election night speeches might be obsolete.
Labor looks set to win the Queensland election with a bare majority. And while same-sex marriage has passed the Senate, the strong support in regional areas has surprised some commentators.
Politics Podcast: Matt Canavan on divorce in the LNP and discipline in the Coaliton.
Nationals cabinet minister Matt Canavan doesn't agree that breaking up the Queensland LNP would solve any problems politically.
For the Queensland LNP, the divisions between the progressive and conservative forces within the party may hamper its political prospects.
The Adani project is already a stranded asset, and definitely not worthy of taxpayer support, or the risks to the Chinese of any involvement.
Malcolm Turnbull may say that the Queensland election was decided on state issues, but there are plenty of lessons for the federal LNP in the results.
Labor is still shy of the 47 seats it needs to form government in Queensland, but it is best placed to do so in the coming days.
With the results now hours away, much attention will also be on the performance of One Nation.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in Australian politics.
Tim Nicholls said the introduction of a youth curfew in the WA suburb of Northbridge ‘saw a dramatic drop in crime and a reduction in the anti-social behaviour of young people’. Is that right?
With Labor having largely defused the Adani issue, debate on Twitter in the final weeks of the 2017 Queensland election campaign has come to focus chiefly on the role of One Nation.
The Queensland government pays a higher interest rate than Queensland mortgage holders. Plans for both urban and rural rejuvenation need to start with fixing government finances.
Malcolm Turnbull’s cancellation of next week’s House of Representatives sitting has been received sceptically by Queensland ‘soft’ voters, but they still prefer him over Bill Shorten.
In the upcoming Queensland election all major parties are talking up public investment in energy generation. But are these policies paying heed to climate science?
One Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson said the Safe Schools program contained ‘highly explicit material’ that is being ‘directed at young children’. We asked the experts to look at the facts.
Psychological abuse of intimate partners is a public health problem, and is not well-regulated by the law.