The Victoria branch-stacking scandal couldn't have hit at a worse time for Anthony Albanese - the middle of the byelection in Eden-Monaro, a marginal Labor seat which he desperately needs to hold.
Daniel Andrews speaks about the allegations against Somyurek.
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.
Mark Butler expresses his confidence in the Labor party's climate change policy, especially in light of the next election.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese, pictured at a cabinet meeting this month, says coal has a future under the renewables expansion.
On the issue of a retreat from coal, Albanese is trying to walk both sides of the highway by wandering down the middle.
Coal stockpiled before being loaded on to ships at a terminal in Gladstone. researchers say Labor should not “cozy up” to the coal industry.
Labor will not win an election by cozying up to coal or weakening its climate target. Instead, it must find the common ground uniting workers in the cities and the regions - job insecurity.
John Setka is battling attacks from all sides after union meeting recording leaks.
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Rogue construction union boss John Setka is already in fights with the Labor party and the ACTU leadership. Now he faces a battle with parliament. Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick is moving to refer…
Are southern-born politicians talking about a state they essentially don’t understand?
Queensland still mystifies too many politicians but its needs are surprisingly simple.
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Two Queensland-based experts discuss what so many politicians and pundits get wrong about the Sunshine State – and what its citizens are crying out for.
Anthony Albanese points to Labor’s limited capacity to alter legislation in the Senate, as he defends the decision to vote for passing the government’s full tax package.
Anthony Albanese on Labor’s hard times
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Anthony Albanese defends Labor's vote for the government's $158 billion tax package, supports an increase in Newstart, and strongly argues the need to take the superannuation guarantee to 12%.
Anthony Albanese speaks to the media in Sydney on Thursday.
Labor needs to better tune into middle suburbia, yet it can't afford to turn its back on the issues that concern its more progressive supporters. It will be a tricky balancing act.
Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese speaks to the media at Henson Park in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville on Wednesday.
Jim Chalmers, from the right of the Labor party, has been receiving support from those who believe the party needs generational change.
Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen MP addresses the media outside his childhood home in Smithfield on Tuesday.
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The leadership will be decided by ballots of the party membership and the caucus, with a 50-50 weighting.
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How did the numbers of election 2019 fall across the country? And what seats are still in play?
In 1990, Bob Hawke and his cabinet looked poised to take climate action. But the following year his prime ministership ended.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually 'got' environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
Bill Shorten and his colleagues are offering a broad suite of policies, but little explicit mention of cutting out fossil fuels.
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Labor has ditched its reliance on a single economy-wide climate policy, in favour of a range of different measures that will all help drive down emissions. But some crucial issues remain unaddressed.
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On racist dog-whistling and on climate change, the "right" now finds itself on the wrong side of public opinion – so the acrimonious public debates on ideological lines may be coming to an end.
Bill Shorten will hope his new energy policy package is a crowd-pleaser.
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The Labor Party's newly announced energy policy could finally set Australia's electricity sector on the path to a renewables-driven future. But policies are still needed to cut emissions elsewhere.
With the right settings, Labor’s new scheme could benefit householders as well as the grid itself.
Federal Labor has promised to give rebates of up to $2,000 to 100,000 households to install batteries to store power from solar panels. Is this good energy policy, or just middle-class welfare?
Scandals, and a progressive Labor government, may hinder the Greens’ progress in both houses at the Victorian election.
The Victorian state election presents opportunities and risks for the Greens – including whether they can transition from being a protest party to a major party.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has said Labor MPs disproportionately come from unions.
Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said "you can’t reflect society if 90% of your members of parliament were chosen from trade unions and worked in trade unions". Let's take a look at the numbers.
Happy days: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament.
Labor has managed more cohesion in recent years because its left and right wings have shifted to common ground - partly through its factions.