Kim Carr (left) and Christopher Pyne (right) debating on innovation at the National Press Club.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
Bailout proposals are a pale facsimile for proper industry policy.
The mantra of propping up manufacturing to save jobs is no substitute for a property industry policy focused on growth.
Polling is against Shorten.
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Shorten has decided to risk all, to hopefully create enough doubt in key seats, to shift enough votes, to get across the line.
It started with Labor, but both major parties now emphasise unity on most policy matters.
The 'party discipline' that has its roots in the Labor Party's precursor of the 1890s has stifled real political debate, making even the smartest politicians sound like hacks and act like sheep.
In 2011 Malcolm Turnbull said federal Liberal Party members should be allowed to conduct a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull says while the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was not his idea, Australians like it.
Labor and the Coalition’s plans to employ more disadvantaged young people are very similar.
The economic reasoning is the same behind Labor and the Coalition's job plans for young people.
There needs to be a frank discussion about how the government spends its education dollars.
The huge growth in student numbers is restricting the government’s capacity to increase levels of public funding per student and for research.
The best way to ensure your vote contributes as much as it can to the election of senators is to number as many squares as you can.
Following the Turnbull government’s recent changes, Australia has new rules for electing senators. How will they work in practise?
Many Australians who rely on welfare support have been let down by the major parties.
Neither major party seems to understand the structural causes of unemployment, or how to adapt welfare policy to meet those needs.
In his speech, Bill Shorten tapped into community hopes and fears, positives and negatives.
With the polls remaining close and confusing but a general feeling that Malcolm Turnbull has the edge in this election, Bill Shorten has made a spirited appeal to Labor’s faithful to put their shoulders…
Bill Shorten rallied his party for a big effort in the final fortnight of the campaign.
Bill Shorten has pledged Labor would reverse the government's cuts to pathology and give a modest tax break to small businesses to get people back into the workforce.
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Malcolm Turnbull and Simon Birmingham meet with students in the western Sydney seat of Lindsay.
Sure, western Sydney hosts a slew of marginal seats, but it is also a powerful metaphor for the concerns of middle Australia.
As election day edges closer, the Labor Party finds itself without much of a tailwind. At Labor's official campaign launch on Sunday, Bill Shorten will need to bring together the party's story.
Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university.
While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.
Solomon MP Natasha Griggs holds one of the most marginal Coalition seats, so will be hoping for more prime ministerial visits – with funding attached.
Territorians will go to the polls for the next Northern Territory election only eight weeks after the July 2 election – blurring the lines between local controversies and how people vote federally.
Glenn Lazarus and former MP Pauline Hanson are competing for every PUP vote to win a Queensland Senate seat.
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One in 20 Australians voted for the Palmer United Party in 2013. Their votes will be crucial again – especially in Queensland, where ex-PUP senator Glenn Lazarus could be replaced by Pauline Hanson.
If Bill Shorten fell just short of victory, he would have a substantial case to hang onto his post.
As election day nears – well, only a fortnight away – speculation within each side is already turning to what happens after July 2.
An Australian bull pictured in a Vietnamese abattoir before slaughter.
The latest horrific footage of the appalling treatment of cattle sent for slaughter in the live export trade is a fresh indictment of Australian authorities. Animals Australia has exposed that in Vietnam…
The public appetite for climate policy is bigger now than when Julia Gillard’s government passed the carbon tax in 2011.
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Climate has been something of a sleeper issue in this election. But a new survey suggests voters are keener for action now then they were when the carbon tax was making its way through parliament.