Shorten would be better off if the conference could be scrapped.
The ALP just has to suck it up and throw itself into battle, because the stakes are very high.
Smith told parliament the date – which means a nine-week campaign - had been advised by the AEC.
The byelections, which span four states, are especially crucial for opposition leader Bill Shorten, because four are in ALP seats and two of those are on wafer thin margins.
Joyce said that as an accountant, he understood the issues with audit process.
The audit has been underway since early this year, sparked by the controversy around his affair with his former staffer and now partner Vikki Campion.
In explaining his motives, Hastie cited national interest and democratic traditions, including press freedom.
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If he had forewarned Turnbull, Hastie – who is head of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security - would have been firmly ordered to button his lips.
Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese is confident their candidates will win back their seats and is gearing up for the ALP's National Conference in late July.
Xiong’an represents Xi Jinping’s plan to outdo even the extraordinary rise of Shenzhen (above) from small market town to mega-city in just a few decades.
Xiong’an is called China’s No.1 urban project. Orchestrated by President Xi Jinping, the mega-city to be built just over 100 kilometres south of Beijing is also very much a political project.
Hanson denies her reneging is driven by her political needs in the Queensland seat of Longman.
As much as the Senate is unpredictable, this does look like the end of the government's chances of getting its company tax package through parliament before the election.
Victorian Russell Broadbent said he had recently been with a group of very conservative women from farming families, among whom the topic was white hot.
Broadbent didn't use the term "doctors' wives", but these are the people he meant – Liberal supporters whose vote can be moved by particular causes.
Dean Smith on the pros and risks of new religious freedom protections.
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Western Australia Liberal Senator Dean Smith is a man of forthright opinions, not afraid to take on fights within his party.
Smith said he would take the issue to the party’s state council on Saturday.
Liberal backbench senator Dean Smith will challenge on Saturday his party's decision not to field a candidate in the byelection for the federal seat of Perth.
Falinski said it was more efficient to have the sheep processed in Australia.
He told The Conversation that even when he finished his degree in the 1990s "the economic rationale for continuing the trade wasn't strong".
Greens leader Richard Di Natale said with inequality rising, reinvestment in public services should be the priority.
Instead, the funds should be spent on services, the Greens say.
NAPLAN is a “dumb” test administered to all students, regardless of contextual factors such as location and culture.
There is no need for all students to sit the same test, that asks the same questions, on the same day. We are smarter than that.
This week the Liberal Party also faced questions over the proportion of female MPs it has in parliament.
It was the week that saw a parliamentary committee recommend a referendum to end the dual citizenship debacle- but the idea was immediately shut down by the government.
According to the committee more than half of all Australians would have to reorder some aspect of their affairs if they wanted to nominate for parliament.
Ahead, the choice is between a patch-up or a proper solution. The patch up is inevitable in the short term but is a cop-out as a long-term answer.
The live sheep trade has the potential to become a potent issue at the next federal election.
A series of mandated changes to shipboard conditions to improve animal welfare has not silenced the critics, even within the government.
Bowen will insert a qualifier, saying that the pledges are on the basis of the budget figures released last week.
Outlining the fiscal parameters the opposition will take to the election, Bowen will repeat that the ALP would achieve budget balance in the same year as the government – 2019-20.
O'Dwyer is establishing a fighting fund to bolster female representation in the Liberal party.
Money no doubt will be useful, but it won't be enough to significantly boost the number of Liberal women in federal parliament.
Labor’s primary vote was up three points in the Fairfax-ipsos poll. The Coalition’s was unchanged.
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Labor continues to hold a 51-49% two-party lead in the wake of last week's budget.
Bill Shorten watches Treasurer Scott Morrison deliver the 2018 federal budget.
A busy week in politics saw the government's third budget handed down, a reply from the opposition, a tax cuts battle and more byelections triggered by the citizenship crisis.