Queensland was a smoking ruin for federal Labor in 2019. As we head towards a possible election later this year, the sunshine state presents a big challenge — and opportunity — for Anthony Albanese.
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.
The fact remains, however, that Turnbull tried very hard in seats the government thought it was possible to win, and he failed.
The weekend results, in particular the way they’re being read, haven’t only confirmed Labor’s trajectory but in doing so, have given the opposition, and Shorten especially, a huge confidence boost.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Nicholas Klomp about the week in politics.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Mark Evans about the week in politics.
Some who flirt with the idea of a change believe Labor is on the cusp of regaining office but fear Shorten mightn’t get over the final hurdle.
Shorten might have done better to have said, “I stuffed up – that’s my recommendation, it’s not yet our decision”, and summoned a shadow cabinet meeting immediately to fix the matter.
Turnbull said on Sunday that Australia’s 30% rate for larger companies was the second highest in the OECD.
The inflammatory ad runs as the government is making a last ditch effort against the odds to gather Senate support for the company tax legislation, due to be voted on this week.
Anthony Albanese is considered the Labor party’s only leadership alternative to Bill Shorten.
Albanese’s speech comes against a background of speculation that Bill Shorten’s leadership could be under pressure if the party performs badly at the Super Saturday byelections.
Bill Shorten and daughter Clementine after a press conference in Moonee Ponds on Sunday.
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.
If Kevin Rudd replaces Julia Gillard as Labor leader next week, constitutional conventions dictate that he may not necessarily become prime minister again.
If some reports are to be believed, Kevin Rudd will replace Julia Gillard as leader of the ALP and become prime minister again by the end of next week. This raises questions about the political and constitutional…