Barnaby Joyce rolled by party leadership spill, while Peter Dutton pledges to lead the Liberals with “policies squarely aimed at the forgotten Australians in the suburbs”.
A strategic lie is designed to grab media attention with an initial, deliberate lie. This shifts the news agenda onto a politician’s preferred territory.
Clive Palmer is back trying to win a Senate seat, while Jacqui Lambie is aiming to get a second senator elected.
Each day seems to bring a new announcement of an independent taking on a high-profile Liberal candidate.
A study of Facebook’s Ad Library over the past three months, shows what federal MPs, state premiers and political parties are spending on the social media platform.
This year is a whole new ball game for pandemic politics. For a prime minister not accustomed to pressure, Scott Morrison is proving far less equipped.
One analyst describes Labor’s lead in WA as “scarcely possible”, while new focus on sexual assault at Parliament House has not had an impact on the latest federal Newspoll.
The horror of the last weeks and months are a compressed version of the last 30 years in bushfire and climate politics.
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 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%.
The state of budget-balance fetishism in Australia means political leaders promise to balance the budget, no matter what.
A new study looking at the social media interactions of Australian political journalists finds that they are often talking among themselves.
The overhaul of the program comes after pressure from various quarters including conservative Liberals for immigration to be lowered, and the government talking up the need for ‘congestion busting’.
The firestorm over foreign donations was set alight by former Senator Sam Dastyari, whose links to donors with Chinese links prompted him to quit parliament.
The Nationals now have their first Tasmanian senator since the Tasmanian tiger was last sighted, but that does not greatly reduce the challenges the government faces in passing legislation.
More than 180 individuals have moved between senior public service roles and the fossil fuel industry in Australia over the past decade - providing a golden escalator for former senior politicians.
One of the best ways to shape public policy is for experts to submit detailed, technical information through the public comment process.
Just a handful of federal members of parliament represent hundreds of Australia’s threatened species.
Australians are likely to vote for longer parliamentary terms. They want fewer elections and are dissatisfied with politics.
Bernardi’s defection from the Liberal Party this week is less important in itself than what it says about a wider trend towards a fracturing of Australian politics.