Elections are often close in Australia. Landslides are rare. Labor and the Greens would be very unwise to assume they already know the outcome of the next one.
Recent elections in Australia, the US and the UK have seen left-leaning parties lose votes among non-university educated whites. One way to win them back might be to disassociate from ‘elite’ opinion.
The WA Liberals’ near wipe-out includes the seat of Opposition Leader Zak Kirkup.
Labor has long been seen as the party of bold policy platforms, while the Coalition has played more of a consolidating role. The next election will determine if those characterisations still hold.
Right now, Labor’s marginal seat holders are talking about JobSeeker. Privately, many are wondering if next year they’ll be on it.
With an election possible next year, the Labor leader is faced with a near unsolvable puzzle.
It is true federal parliament is an atypical work environment. But that does not make it “special” and therefore, beyond community standards.
The ACT is set to be governed by Labor for more than two decades straight, after the Liberals failed to cut through in the weekend’s election.
Branch stacking raises broader questions about the health of our political parties. There are alternative forms of representation that could bring ordinary Australians into the political system again.
Some tax deductions for the cost of managing tax affairs exceed $1 million, but high wealth individual\s can write off the expense in other ways.
Branch stacking has been a problem for a long time in Australia, and changing it will take a genuine will to make party processes more open and accountable.
Adam Bandt on Greens’ hopes for future power sharing
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Adam Bandt expresses his disappointment with Labor's coal rhetoric. He says they have a decision to make: work with the Greens, or determine whether they have more in common with the Liberals.
In this third “vision statement”, the Labor leader has condemned online platforms for being unwilling to filter out false information.
Unexpectedly in opposition, Labor can’t win right now – it can only cope as best it can.
Across Western nations, the centre-left remains in opposition, with grim prospects for government. Whether this is a blip or its last gasp remains to be seen.
Notionally, Labor will need a 0.6% swing to win the next election. But the details make it much more complicated - and difficult.
The government’s proposed income tax cut plan has put Labor into a bind and Pauline Hanson into a hissy fit.
The latest scandal involving the CFMMEU leader has the potential to cause serious damage to the Labor Party and the union movement.
The opposition leader will move to have Setka expelled from the ALP after Setka reportedly told a union meeting that Batty’s work had led to men having fewer rights.
Keneally has called Dutton a “thug” and “the most toxic man in Australian politics”. Now she’ll shadow him, as Home Affairs spokeswoman.